Thursday, 28 April 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Name Labels – A Perfect Fundraising Opportunity For Schools, PTAs, & Activity Groups

Name labels are a wonderful solution for schools and activity groups who want to put an end to their Lost Property problems by making sure everyone’s property (which is usually similar if not identical to everyone else’s property) is clearly labelled with their name. Name labels help to make sure that everyone picks up their own stuff (instead of someone else’s) and make it much easier to return items if things should happen to go missing.

With Label Planet, however, name labels also become an opportunity for schools, PTAs, nurseries, and activity groups (such as Guiding and Scouting groups or sports clubs) to raise money that they can put towards the fundraising projects of their choice.

Since 2004, we’ve been running a commission scheme that allows schools and groups to earn commission on orders of name labels placed by the parents or guardians of children who attend that school or group. We’ve set up our scheme to be as efficient as possible with minimum input required from the school or group, so once you’ve signed up you get access to year round fundraising that doesn’t take up swathes of important resources (including money and staff time).

Reasons To Join The Label Planet Commission Scheme
  • Raise money for your school or group while simultaneously encouraging parents to use name label products that can put an end to your Lost Property problem.
  • One step registration for fundraising that runs all year round.
  • No initial or ongoing costs required to participate.
  • Parents deal with us directly, so you don’t have to be involved with the delivery of orders and customer support.
  • We keep track of your commission for you and automatically send out commission cheques once a year in October.
  • We also supply you with free resources and support to help you boost the commission that you earn each year.
How The Label Planet Commission Scheme Works
  • We assign your school or group with a unique code; any name label order we receive where that number is quoted will be added to your earnings for the current commission year (which runs from 1st October to 30th September).
  • We keep track of your commission earnings throughout the year and automatically send out a cheque in October.
    You can also keep an eye on how much commission you’ve earned by visiting our School Portal throughout the year.
  • We offer a BASIC RATE of 15% commission to all of our partners; this rate can be boosted to 30% commission by placing a link on your website.
Get Access To Free Resources & Support When You Join The Label Planet Commission Scheme
As the old saying goes, you get back what you put in – and we’ve found this to be very true when it comes to the time and effort that groups put in to our commission scheme.

You CAN simply register to become a member of our commission scheme and then leave it to run in the background; however, we find that the schools and groups who receive the biggest cheques each year are those who take a little bit of time to do a few small things that end up making a big difference.

These small things needn’t take up much time and won’t cost you a penny; we provide a number of resources completely free of charge to help you raise awareness of the commission scheme and so boost the number of orders that are placed with your unique code. As a starting point we recommend:
  • Putting someone in charge: just having someone who will take a little time every now and then to promote the scheme can make a big difference to the interest you get back from parents.
  • Getting organised: make a list of what you want to do to promote the scheme along with a note of when each thing needs doing and by whom.
  • Putting a link on your website: not only will this boost your commission rate to 30% but it helps parents get to the website quickly and easily, provides a reminder of the code that parents need to quote (and can even automatically enter the code so even if a parent forgets to do it their order will still count towards your commission total), and can be a brilliant opportunity to promote the fundraising projects you’re working on to boost interest and support.
    We’ve put together a page that explains how to add a link to your website, which also includes a form for you to use when you’ve added a link to let us know that you want your 30%!
  • Requesting free parent leaflets: these leaflets are a perfect way to inform parents about name labels and the fundraising opportunity they provide; they include information about our products, how to order, an order form (for parents who prefer to order by post), space for your unique code, and list all of our contact details so parents can get in touch with any questions they might have. We’re happy to send out as many leaflets as you need – whether that’s a handful for a single class or group or leaflets for an entire school.
Use our online Leaflets Request form or contact our Customer Service team to request your leaflets.
  • Using our free resources to raise awareness: we’ve used our experience of running a commission scheme to create a whole range of resources to help you boost your commission totals including:
    A Fundraising Guide, Information Pack, PowerPoint Presentation, Sample Text For Letters/Emails To Parents, Notice Board Poster, and a Booster Plan.
If you’re interesting in joining our commission scheme please visit our website or contact our Customer Service team to:

Label Planet: Top Tips To Perfect Your Print Positioning

There are many different elements that come into play when printing labels; you cannot assume that you’ll get perfect print simply by filling in a template, dumping some labels in your printer, and pressing print. At Label Planet, we recommend taking some time to make perfectly sure that your template is set up to work efficiently for you – and by “you” we mean your software, your hardware, and your labels.

All of these elements involve factors that can cause problems with your print positioning:
  • LABELS: all label products are manufactured to a tolerance (an allowed deviation from the measurements specified for a product), which means that every batch of labels may have very subtle variations in their sizing and layout that you’ll need to adjust for if you want to create the perfect template.
  • SOFTWARE: all software is designed for a particular kind of task, which means that the software you are using may be limited in its capacity to create a precise template. This means it’s up to you to find the appropriate tools to use and then use them correctly (which may also mean checking for default settings that might not be the best options for your purposes).
  • HARDWARE: all printers vary very slightly in their specifications and accuracy, which means you should make sure that you’re using both the best possible combination of print settings and taking advantage of any additional features (such as the bypass tray) instead of relying on default settings that are usually designed to produce decent print positioning on paper.

Here’s a quick-fire list of things you can do to help prevent problems with your print positioning:
  • Centralise Your Design: centralising your template and working from the inside out is a simple way to control how well your print is positioned, especially if you’re working with shapes that are a little more unusual (such as circles and ovals).
  • Check Your Format & Style Options: if you find that different objects within your design aren’t quite sitting where they’re supposed to or just don’t quite look right (even when you try to adjust them), it’s well worth looking through the format and style options applied to your objects to see if one of those default options is correcting your design in a manner that you don’t want it to.
  • Check Your Template For “Auto Corrects”: this one is especially important if you’re relying on copy and paste to add in separate elements that will make up your final design; some software detects what you are doing and then “helpfully” makes adjustments based on what it assumes you are trying to achieve. When you’re adding content, however, one of these “helpful” automatic corrections may be to move parts of your design around or to increase your template sizing and/or margins to make everything fit – which will obviously destroy the alignment of your template.
  • Make The Most Of Your Margins: if you’ve got your template all set up but find that your print is positioned in the wrong place (i.e. it’s all sitting too high/low/left/right), you might think that the only way to fix this is to move all of your design elements one by one to the correct position. A far better method is to adjust the page margins of your document; this will force your printer into moving all of the elements in your design for you and means you don’t have to worry about making sure that you’ve moved every single element in the exact same way.
  • Always Use Your Media Bypass Tray: the main tray in most printers is the “Paper Tray” and, as the name suggests, is designed specifically for the efficient processing of sheets of standard paper. Labels, however, differ in several ways from standard paper, which means that you should use the “Media Bypass Tray” instead. The Media Bypass tray is designed for thicker materials, which means that it will be able to pick up different materials much more efficiently. This tray also usually offers a more direct route through the printer (involving fewer sets of rollers), which improves your print positioning because there is a much lower chance that a sheet will rotate as it passes through all of the rollers.
  • ALWAYS Do A Test Print: while this might not give you a definitive answer as to WHAT is going wrong, it will give you a quick and easy way to check if your labels are going to print correctly or incorrectly. You can then take a closer look at your template, software, and printer settings to try to root out the cause of the problem and fix it before you use your actual sheets of labels.
For more tips and advice, please visit our Help section.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Not Sure About Stikins ® & Trons ®? Read Our Reviews For Opinions From Parents Who’ve Already Put Them To The Test!

At Label Planet, we do our very best to make sure our products are the best they can possibly be; we put them through vigorous in-house and independent testing, regularly ask for feedback from our customers, and even have members of staff using them for their own children’s clothing and belongings to keep a watchful eye on how well our name labels are working.

Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it; when you’re trying to decide whether a product is the right one for you, it’s always nice to hear from other people who have actually used that product in a real life setting – and that’s where our reviews come in.

We give all of our customers the opportunity to review our products (along with our general service and customer service) and tell us exactly what they think about them – including what they like and dislike, about how well (or not) they’ve worked for them, and even let us know all the different ways they’ve used their labels – with some coming up with suggestions that we’d never even thought of! We use the feedback and suggestions given by our customers in their reviews to update and improve our products and services wherever we can.

You can find all of our company reviews by clicking on one of the red “Reviews” buttons on the left and right of our website (for general reviews about our company and customer service) or read through the product reviews by scrolling down on our Stikins ® product page (for specific product reviews about our stick on name labels) and our Trons ® product page (for specific product reviews about our iron-on name transfers).

Label Planet: UK Labels VS US Labels (A Guide To What Is Different & Why)

We often encounter customers who are trying to find a label that measures X inches by X inches and are extremely frustrated that they can’t seem to find a label product that matches AND is available to buy in the UK.

The reason for this is the fact that inches are an imperial measurement and so any labels you find using these measurements tend to be American labels, which are manufactured according to imperial measurements and the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) standard for paper size – as opposed to labels manufactured in the UK, which are made according to metric measurements (usually mm) and the International Standard’s (ISO) standard for paper size.

The different measurement systems and paper sizes used by the UK and the US mean that the label products manufactured by these two countries will be formed with different label sizes and layouts. For example, the UK standard page size is A4 (210mm x 297mm), while the US standard page size is American Letter (8.5 inches x 11 inches or 215.9mm x 279.4mm), which means that the label sizes and layouts that can be created on these pages are different.

The good news is that most printers and software are made with a global market in mind, which means they will allow you to switch between UK and US standards – with some software containing built in templates for both UK and US labels. The bad news is that the label products available in the UK tend to be those manufactured according to UK standards, which means that if you absolutely HAVE to use a US label size and layout (for example, if your business software was developed in the US and doesn’t allow you to use UK measurements) you will have to purchase your labels from an American distributor.

If you aren’t tied down to US standards, then the best thing to do is to convert your measurements from inches to mm and then try your search again. While there may not be a UK label product that matches those measurements exactly, you may find that there is a suitable option that is close enough for your requirements.

You can look through all of the label sizes available from Label Planet on our Labels Listed By Width and Labels Listed By Height pages.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Got A School Trip Coming Up? Label EVERYTHING To Help Make Sure It All Comes Home!

While for some the last term of the school year signals the arrival of exams, for others it’s a time to look forward to educational outings and residential trips, which means that parents will be looking to make sure that their child both takes AND brings back with them a whole list of essential (and not so essential) items.

Schools trips often involve shepherding large groups of students around unfamiliar (and possibly very busy and/or cramped) places, usually at top speed – which means that there are plenty of opportunities for things to be put down and forgotten or accidentally dropped.

Name labels are a quick and easy way to help make it easier for lost items to make their way home from all kinds of outings and trips; if you know that you will be using your name labels for belongings that are going to be taken here, there, and everywhere, we recommend adding a piece of contact information so that your items can be returned if they get lost in a public place – alternatively, if you know that your child will be staying at a single venue and it is likely that Lost Property will be forwarded directly to the school, then their name is likely to be fine.

At Label Planet, we have two name label products, which can come in handy for trips in the following ways:
Trons ® name transfers: iron-on transfers that can be used to create a permanent name label on any fabric item.
Our iron-on name transfers are especially useful for residential trips where your child needs to take a variety of fabric items with them, including clothing, bedding, and towels.

Stikins ® name labels: stick on name labels that can be used to label all kinds of personal items along with fabric items.
Our stick on name labels are a quick and easy solution to getting EVERYTHING labelled because they are so versatile; the advanced adhesive and flexible material mean these labels can be applied onto clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied to the wash care label) as well as any equipment and personal items that your child needs (or wants) to take with them.

Visit our information pages to find out more about the two name label products we supply (Stikins ® Information / Trons ® Information) or visit our product pages to place an order (Buy Stikins ® / Buy Trons ®).

Label Planet: FAQ – How Do I Get The Best Results From An Adhesive?

There are four key factors that influence how well a label adheres to a surface, which means that you will need to account for all of these factors when you choose and apply your labels.

The Strength Of The Adhesive
A stronger adhesive will almost always bond more successfully than a weaker adhesive, so if it is essential that your labels remain fixed firmly in place you should choose a stronger adhesive, where available. For example, the majority of our labels are made with a standard permanent adhesive that offers good adhesive strength. If you’re after labels that will really remain firmly in place, you may want to opt for our High Tack labels, which offer excellent adhesive strength.

How Long A Label Has Been Applied To A Surface
The adhesives used to make our label products have both an “initial tack” and an “ultimate tack”; initial tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond at the moment a label is applied, while the ultimate tack refers to the strength of that bond once the adhesive has fully set – meaning that these adhesives strengthen over time.

Even if you choose an extremely strong permanent adhesive with a high level of initial tack, if you apply your labels and immediately start tugging or picking at the corners to test the strength of the adhesive you will find that it will be quite easy to pull the labels off. You need to allow time for your labels to set and reach their ultimate tack to get the best possible bond strength out of the adhesive you have chosen.

The Temperature During (And After) Application
Both high AND low temperatures can interfere with adhesives and influence how well an adhesive bond forms (if at all). High temperatures tend to speed up the process of adhesion, causing the adhesive to set and reach its ultimate tack much sooner than it would at “normal” or room temperatures. Low temperatures, however, will slow down or even prevent the process of adhesion taking place at all, which would result in a poor bond or no bond forming at all when you attempt to apply your labels.

Any extremes of or fluctuations in temperature while a label is in use can also have an effect on how efficiently an adhesive bond performs during its lifetime (especially if the item is used and/or stored in conditions that are very different to those that occurred during application), and may even cause the adhesive to fail and the label to fall off.

All adhesives have both a recommended “Application Temperature” and “Storage Range”; you should take note of these guidelines and take steps to ensure that you don’t expose your labels to temperatures outside of these ranges either during application or when the labelled item is in use.
This information can be found on our Material Specification Sheets.

The Characteristics Of The Surface Being Labelled
Equally significant is the type of surface that you are labelling; all surfaces have their own characteristics and properties, some of which may influence how effectively an adhesive bonds with that particular surface.

The most important characteristic is the amount of surface area provided by different materials. The best possible surface for a successful adhesive bond is one with peaks and troughs of a moderate size, which offers a larger surface area than extremely smooth surfaces with very few or extremely shallow peaks and troughs. While you might think that a very rough surface with a lot of deep peaks and troughs would therefore be the best surface (because it offers the largest possible surface area), this isn’t the case because label adhesives aren’t capable of moving far enough into these deep peaks and troughs before they set.

Another factor to consider is the presence of “other” elements on the surface, such as any particles of dirt, water, or even air. You should ensure that the surface of your item is clean and dry before you start applying your labels; if any other particles are present, an adhesive may attempt to bond with these particles instead of the surface of the item you are labelling. This can cause a weaker bond to form and may result in specific areas of your label not bonding with the surface, which can cause the label to peel up or fall off.

The Extra Factor(s)
Our labels are named “Self-Adhesive Labels” after the adhesives used to make them; “Self-Adhesive” or “Pressure Sensitive” adhesives are tacky in “normal” conditions, which means that they need only the pressure of a finger or hand to be applied – which in turn means that the pressure you use when applying these labels can also influence how well your labels adhere to a surface.

You should apply firm pressure evenly across the entirety of each label, checking for air bubbles as you go; applying your labels by working from one side to the other is the best way to deal with air bubbles and to ensure that the whole of the label has been smoothed down flat against the surface to provide the adhesive with the best possible chance of adhering firmly across the entire surface area available.

We would also point out that the efficiency of an adhesive is also reliant on how well you store your labels. You should make sure that your labels are stored in their original packaging, at room temperature in a dark secure place, so the adhesive cannot be affected by light, fluctuations in temperature, or exposure to other environmental factors, such as damp conditions.

TOP TIP: Request A Sample
If you have any concerns about how efficiently a particular label will adhere in your intended label application, we would highly recommend using our free sample service to request a sample of the product(s) you are interested in so you can test them out in the exact conditions and environment in which you need them to work. You can either fill in our online Request A Sample form or contact our Customer Service team for advice on choosing the right label for your requirements.

You can also view a full list of all the different types of adhesives we supply (along with a brief description of each) on our List Of Adhesives page.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Stikins ® Name Labels – A Brilliant Tool To Help Guides, Brownies, Scouts, and Cubs Be Prepared For Trips & Camps

Camping trips are a big part of both the Guiding and Scouting movements – and they can be a lot of fun!

Of course, these trips also involve the need to follow the traditional motto of “Be Prepared”, which usually translates to a lot of individuals being responsible for a stockpile of essential equipment that they need to keep track of throughout the entire camp – especially when their (very similar if not identical) equipment needs to be stored in shared living spaces.

Getting all that equipment labelled up is a quick and easy way to avoid mix ups when sharing close quarters and makes the process of packing up much more straight forward.

To be truly prepared for any eventuality, we recommend using our Stikins ® name labels; these versatile labels are a multipurpose name label that can be used to label pretty much anything and everything. They can be used to label clothing, shoes and bags, camping equipment, and those little extras that make camping trips all the more successful and enjoyable.

Our labels are also a pretty useful tool for groups themselves who may have their own equipment and supplies that they acquire on behalf of their members, which they can keep track of and secure by adding the group’s name and contact information to these all-important (and possibly quite expensive) items. They’re especially useful if your equipment is stored or used in spaces that are shared with other groups; for example, if your headquarters is based in a community facility or you are attending a Guiding or Scouting event with other groups (who all have their own equipment to keep track of).

Guiding and Scouting groups can also sign up to our commission scheme, which allows these groups to earn commission on orders of name labels placed on behalf of their members – this commission can be put towards all kinds of ongoing fundraising projects, whether they’re in support of a group itself, local or worldwide charities, or the local community.

Visit our website to find out more about our commission scheme, find out more about our products, or to place an order.

Label Planet: Solve The Code! Aka A Guide To Label Planet’s Product Codes

When it comes to the world of labels there are a lot of different codes floating around; from product and template codes through to manufacturing and supplier codes, it’s all too easy to get confused and wonder if you’ve got the right product and/or template, especially if you don’t know where a particular set of labels has come from.

Here at Label Planet, we like to make things as simple and straightforward for our customers as possible, which is why we set up all of our product and template codes according to a set pattern that never changes – and we always begin that pattern with “LP”, for Label Planet, so you always know when a code is one of ours.

So how do our Product (and Template) Codes work? Like this:

LP + No. of Labels Per Sheet + / + Label Width + Label Shape* + Label Material*

* A Label Shape indicator is not included for rectangles with rounded corners or square cut rectangles without a selvedge, and a Label Material indicator is not included for matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive. 

With our product codes you know where the labels have come from along with the most important features of that particular product, including how many labels are on a sheet, the width and shape of the labels, and the materials used to make those labels.

For example, if you see product code LP4/90OV MWP you know that there are four oval labels per sheet, with a width of 90mm, and made of matt white polyester!

We’ve even extended this simple way of thinking to our template codes; the template code you need to use will be named according to the first part of the product code of the labels you are trying to print (i.e. the LPXX/XX part). This is because the same template can be used to print a range of different products that are made of a variety of materials but share the same label size and layout.

For example, our LP2/115R template can be used to print ALL of these products:
LP2/115R (matt white paper labels), LP2/115R REM (matt white paper labels with a removable adhesive), LP2/115R C (coloured paper labels), and LP2/115R FC (fluorescent paper labels).

To further help our customers, we’ve also done extensive work to cross reference our codes with those used by other manufacturers and suppliers – and especially those used by Avery. Where our labels are compatible (i.e. use the same label size and layout) with an Avery product (or indeed products) we will list the relevant Avery code(s) along with our own product code. This means that you can use the Avery templates built in to a variety of software (including Word) to print our labels.

You can find a complete list of our Avery compatible products on our Labels With Compatible Avery Codes page OR you can use our List Of Avery Codes to see if we’ve got a product that matches the Avery code you’ve got to hand.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Schools – Have You Requested Your Leaflets For Your New Starter Packs Yet?

As the last term of the current school year gets underway, thoughts will be turning to the next school year and to the new faces that will be joining the school for the first time. Many schools will be putting together information or starter packs that will be handed out or sent to the new intake – often with required uniform and equipment lists.

Some schools have made name labels a “Required” part of their school uniform, as opposed to a “Recommended” one, but these starter packs are an excellent way to let parents know about the practicality of making sure that all of their child’s belongings are labelled (and a great opportunity to explain the fundraising opportunity available through our commission scheme).

We provide information leaflets to our commission partners for free – these leaflets include general information about our labels, how parents can order, and include a space to display your school’s unique code as a reminder to parents that they can raise money for the school when they order, simply by entering your code.

You can request as many leaflets as you like – whether you simply want enough to slip into your new starter packs, you want a few extras to keep in the office, or you’d like leaflets for the whole school AND the new intake to make sure that the message really gets out.

To request your free leaflets, simply fill in our online Request Leaflets form or contact our Customer Service team by phone or email to put in a request.

Label Planet: Splashproof VS Waterproof; Picking A Label That Won’t Be Put Off By April Showers

With the familiar phrase “April Showers” bounding about once more, we’ve been inspired to take a closer look at label products that won’t be put off by a bit of water!

We have two categories of labels that can survive exposure to water: “Waterproof” and “Splashproof” labels.

While our waterproof labels offer complete protection against exposure to (or even submersion in) water, our splashproof labels are an alternative option that provides a compromise between the full protection of waterproof labels and the complete lack of protection afforded by standard paper labels.

Our waterproof labels are made with a polyester or polyethylene face material and a waterproof adhesive. In the case of our Matt White Polyester (MWP) and Matt White Polyethylene (MWPE) labels, the adhesive used meets the BS5609 part 2 standard for marine immersion, which makes it ideal for use outdoors or in marine conditions where it may be completely submerged in water (in order to qualify for this standard, the adhesive must survive for three months in salt water).

Our waterproof adhesives are available in a variety of material options including matt or gloss finishes, white or transparent materials, and permanent or removable adhesives – so you should be able to find a waterproof label to suit your application, whether you simply need a label that can survive a more challenging environment or you’re after a decorative label that won’t be damaged if it gets wet. While our waterproof labels prove popular for a variety of applications, they’re especially popular for use on items that are to be stored or used outdoors (for example; sporting equipment or products sold in garden centres) or as product labels for items that are used indoors but may be exposed to water during use (for example; food and drink products used in kitchens, or cosmetics used in bathrooms).

However, some customers find that these labels aren’t quite what they’re looking for or that the more expensive materials push these labels out of their budget. As an alternative, we have two paper products that we categorise as “splashproof” labels: Gloss White Paper (GW) and Semi-Gloss White Paper (SG) labels. Both of these labels have gloss coatings that provide a degree of protection against water and dirt; if these labels get slightly dirty or are splashed lightly with water, they can be wiped clean and dry with no damage done. However, as they are still paper labels, they are not completely waterproof and will be damaged by exposure to (or indeed submersion in) a lot of water. If you need labels that offer SOME protection as a “just in case” measure, then these labels should do the job well enough.

It is important to note that all of our waterproof and splashproof labels are for use with laser printers ONLY (or handwriting); laser printers use heat and pressure to bond a dry powder called toner onto the surface being printed, which creates waterproof print. Inkjet printers, however, tend to use water-based inks, which means that if the print gets wet it will run and smudge.

As a quick-fire guide to our waterproof labels, you can use the table below to view all of the options available; these are listed from the most expensive to the least expensive to help you find a waterproof label that will work for you AND fit into your budget. For more detailed information about these products, visit our Waterproof Labels page.

ProductAdhesiveFace MaterialWaterproof Or Splashproof
SMPPermanentSilver Matt Metallic PolyesterWaterproof
GWPPermanentGloss White PolyesterWaterproof
MTPPermanentMatt Transparent PolyesterWaterproof
MWPPermanent (Marine)Matt White PolyesterWaterproof
MWRRemovableMatt White PolyesterWaterproof
GTPPermanentGloss Transparent PolyesterWaterproof
GTRRemovableGloss Transparent PolyesterWaterproof
MWPEPermanent (Marine)Matt White PolyethyleneWaterproof
SGPermanentSemi-Gloss White PaperSplashproof
GWPermanentGloss White PaperSplashproof

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: FAQ – What Is Included With My Order Of Name Labels?

When you order name labels from Label Planet, we do our best to make sure your order includes everything you need…

Almost all of our orders are despatched in C5 envelopes that will fit neatly through your letterbox and are decorated with a distinctive purple “Stikins ®” pattern so you know that your labels have definitely arrived!
Large orders will be despatched in a small box and sent on our Signed For service to ensure they arrive safely. 

Each order goes out with a covering letter that is both the delivery information for your order AND your VAT receipt, which includes a breakdown of the items you have ordered and the total you have paid.
  • Customer Reference Number (you can use this number if you want to place a repeat order or report an issue)
  • Date & Time Of Order
  • School Reference Number Quoted (only included if you quoted a code to earn commission for a school, PTA, or group)
  • Details Of Each Pack Included In Your Order (including the pack code, quantity, and text requested)
  • Price Breakdown (including a breakdown of individual pack prices and the VAT included in your order)
  • Label Planet Contact Details (so you have all of our information to hand if you need to get in touch with us)
Our leaflets include general information about our products, ways to order (including an order form if you should wish to place a postal order next time), and our contact information.

Our two name label products are packaged slightly differently as follows:
STIKINS ®: each pack is put into its own wallet, which has Instructions For Use printed on the back.
TRONS ®: each pack is put into its own wallet, along with two silicon sheets for each sheet of Trons ® in that pack and a set of step-by-step Instructions For Use.

Of course, if you find that your order arrives and you have a question that isn’t answered by any of the content included with your order then you can visit our website to look through our information pages or simply contact our Customer Service team, who will be happy to answer any queries that you have.

Label Planet: Planning Ahead – How To Store Your Labels Safely For Future Use

While we endeavour to make our products available for both a speedy despatch and delivery, we know that sometimes it’s more practical (and financially wise) to purchase a larger amount of labels that you can store and dip into as and when you need them – rather than using up all of your labels in one go and having to wait for your next order to arrive.

Our pricing system actually works in our customers’ favour if they choose to do this; ordering in bulk means that you can get a lower cost per unit price than if you order smaller quantities more frequently.

However, if you do want to create a stockpile of labels for future use, you do have make sure that you store them properly to avoid reducing the efficacy of the labels that you’ve got in stock. The main concern is making sure that your labels are stored in a neutral, constant environment.

Adhesives can be affected by a number of environmental factors (especially extremes of or fluctuations in temperature); if these environmental factors cause any sort of change in the adhesive, then the labels may not adhere properly (or at all) when you come to use them. Likewise, the face material of your labels can also suffer if exposed to extreme or fluctuating environments, which can cause problems with the quality of print that you can achieve.

With this in mind, here’s our advice for storing your labels away safely, so they’ll be perfectly fine for future use:
  • Maintain a constant neutral temperature
    The most common cause of adhesives degrading in quality is exposure to extreme or fluctuating temperatures. Temperature is one of four factors that determine how well a label adheres to a surface (along with the strength of the adhesive used, the length of time the label has been applied for, and the characteristics of the surface). Any exposure to high or low temperatures while your labels are in storage could alter the adhesive (preventing it from working properly) or even start the process of adhesion (causing the adhesive to set before you’ve had chance to use the labels).Excessive or fluctuating heat can also cause problems for the face material of your labels – especially when dealing with paper laser labels. Paper labels made specifically for use with laser printers have higher moisture content to ensure that the paper survives the printing process (where heat and pressure are used to bond toner to the surface); exposure to heat can reduce the moisture content of your labels, which can prevent toner from bonding fully in place, leaving your print to crack and flake away.
    If you know that the “room temperature” of your environment is actually higher or lower than a generic “room temperature” you should try to find a suitable alternative. We also recommend taking into consideration any objects that might cause temporary fluctuations in temperature that you might not otherwise notice; for example, labels often end up being stored next to printers and/or computers, which can generate a lot of heat while they are in use. You should also take into consideration any fluctuations that may result from exposure to an air conditioning unit or fan heaters and radiators.
  • Avoid exposure to light
    We also find that exposure to light can have a detrimental effect on both the face materials and adhesives used to make labels (regardless of whether it’s natural sunlight or an artificial light source). While light will usually do most damage to the face material (usually by causing discolouration or fading), it can also cause problems with your adhesive - especially if the light becomes an additional source of heat. Placing your labels in a dark place or simply placing a solid cover over your labels should help to prevent problems caused by exposure to light.
  • Protect your labels from exposure to damp conditions
    While it’s particularly true for labels made of paper, it’s a good idea to ensure that any labels stay clean and dry if you want them to be at their best when you come use them later on. Paper labels will be irreversibly damaged by exposure to water and other liquids, but there can be problems even if you’ve bought waterproof labels. While liquids can obviously damage the face material of your labels, they can also reduce the efficiency of the adhesive bond that forms when your labels are applied – if water is present when you apply a label, the adhesive may try to bond with the water instead of the surface being labelled, which reduces the surface area available and so weakens the bond that eventually forms (if any bond is formed at all).
  • Keep your labels in their original packaging
    It’s not a new concept and it’s repeated here for good reason. Keeping your labels in their original plastic packaging (and indeed the rest of the packaging if appropriate) provides your labels with a decent amount of protection from a variety of environmental factors, which will allow your labels to retain their original quality and efficiency while in storage.
Visit our Help Section for more advice and tips on printing your own labels.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: News For Schools – Our New Parent Leaflets Have Arrived

We’ve finished tinkering about with our leaflets and we now have a brand new batch for schools to distribute to parents. We like to give our leaflets a bit of a makeover every so often to make sure they’re completely up to date with the latest information about our prices and products and that they’re as useful as possible to both parents and schools.

If you’ve already put in a request for parent leaflets, then rest assured we’ll be getting your leaflets packed up and on their way to you. If you haven’t ordered leaflets to hand out in preparation for the next school year, then now is the perfect time to let us know how many you need!

We provide these leaflets to our commission partner schools completely free of charge to help you boost the number of parents ordering name labels and increase the commission you earn. They’re an incredibly easy way to let parents know about the commission scheme and the code they need to use to earn commission for YOUR school – plus they can help spread the message about using name labels to reduce the problem of lost property.

Visit our website to fill in our online Request Leaflets form or simply contact our Customer Service team; we’re happy to provide you with however many leaflets you need, whether that’s a few dozen to hand out to new intake as part of their Starter Packs or a few hundred to hand out to the whole school.

Label Planet: Go Crazy For Colours – Why A Coloured Label Might Be The Perfect Pick For You

This week we’re all about coloured labels; many people don’t realise that there are so many different coloured label products available and often assume that they’ll need to make do with a white label or add colour using their printer.

The truth is that there are many, many, many different coloured label products on the market and all of them bring a whole heap of benefits to any label application that could do with a bit of colour:

Labels With A Perfectly Personal Finishing Touch
Whether you’re sending out cards or gifts to friends and family and want to use labels and tags that are completely unique to you or you’ve got a small business and you want to add a personal finishing touch to your correspondence or products, coloured labels are a lovely way to personalise your items.

Labels For A Bit of Added Decoration
If you want a label that’s just a bit brighter than plain white labels, coloured labels give you an instant burst of colour, whether you opt for a subtle pastel shade or go all out with a fancy fluorescent.

Labels For Building Your Brand
Colour is a simple way to help boost brand recognition; if your logo and/or branding features a particular colour very prominently, using and repeating that colour across your marketing materials, packaging, and general correspondence is a great way to build your brand identity.

Labels To Get Attention
A coloured background provides a perfect burst of colour to draw attention to your labels (and your items) to help them stand out from the crowd.

Labels For A Special Occasion
Coloured labels are a lovely way to decorate stationery items that you might need for a special occasion; from address labels on invitations to a special event, personalised place holders for tables at a big do, gift tags for extra special birthdays or anniversaries, or tags on wedding favours or mementoes.

Labels To Highlight Important Information
If you’re adding information that is of the utmost importance (for example, health and safety warnings, directions, or instructions for use), using a bright colour as the background is an excellent way to ensure that your information gets noticed.

Labels To Help You Get Organised
Colour coding is a brilliant tool when it comes to getting organised and coloured labels are a fantastic way to get everything under control; whether you’re trying to bring a little calm to the chaos of your home, trying to bring structure to your workplace (especially if your filing system is threatening to become completely unusable), taking or rotating your stock, or taking control with schedules and categories, coloured labels can help to save you a lot of time.

Coloured labels have both cosmetic and practical benefits; they instantly create a more decorative finish and can help save you a bit of money by avoiding the need to use up a lot of toner or ink to flood coat white labels with a coloured background.

Here at Label Planet, we know that choosing the right colour can be an important decision, which is why we’re more than happy to send out samples of our coloured labels so you can see them for yourself and get a better idea of which one is the best option for you. Request a sample by filling in our online Request Sample form or get in touch with our Customer Service Team.

We’ve also recently introduced some Assorted Colour Packs; these 25 sheet packs give you a mix of red, blue, green, and yellow labels in one of 20 sizes so if you want to mix things up a bit you’ve got plenty of choice!

You can view all of our Coloured Label products (along with more information about each product) on our Coloured Labels page.

Pastel Colours (Crimson Red, Orange-Red, Bright Yellow, Apple Green, Sky Blue, Pastel Pink, Cream)
Suitable for laser and inkjet printers and for handwriting; 20 sizes available in stocked packs of 25 sheets (same day despatch), 18 sizes available in stocked packs of 100 sheets (same day despatch), and 25 sizes available to order in boxes of 500 sheets (up to five working days for despatch). 

Fluorescent Colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Magenta)
Suitable for laser printers and for handwriting; 8 sizes available in stocked packs of 25 sheets (same day despatch), 18 sizes available in stocked packs of 100 sheets (same day despatch), and 32 sizes available to order in boxes of 500 sheets (up to five working days for despatch). 

Metallic Colours (Gold, Silver)
Suitable for laser printers and for handwriting; 9 sizes available in stocked packs of 25 sheets (same day despatch).

Brown Ribbed Kraft
Suitable for laser and inkjet printers and for handwriting; 9 sizes available in stocked packs of 25 sheets (same day despatch), and 35 sizes available to order in boxes of 500 sheets (up to five working days for despatch).

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Label Planet & Stikins ® & Trons ®: And We're Back Again! (Post-Easter Update)

We’re open again after our extended Easter break.

We’ve been hard at work processing all of the orders, sample requests, and emails that we received over the break and we’re delighted to say that we’re pretty much up to date.

Orders placed over our Easter break were processed yesterday as follows:
A4 Sheets Of Labels: stocked items were despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service (under 250 sheets) or next working day carrier (250+ sheets) and made to order items have been processed for manufacture and/or despatch.
Name Labels: all orders were made and despatched yesterday via Royal Mail's first class service. 

We’re working through the remainder of our orders, emails, and sample requests – so if you haven’t heard back from us yet, please don’t worry – we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

If you have any queries or concerns – whether you placed an order before or during our Easter break or you want to place an order now – please get in touch and our Customer Service team will be happy to help.