Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Label Planet: Label Planet Tips For Choosing The Perfect Printer


Over the years, we’ve picked up all sorts of tips and tricks when it comes to printing the perfect label – and that knowledge includes a few useful pointers when it comes to picking the perfect printer.

While we would always recommend doing a bit of research and talking to someone who actually specialises in supplying desktop printers for more specific advice, we do have a few helpful tips to get you started.

Should I Buy A Laser Printer Or An Inkjet Printer?
Well, this one is a matter of personal preference BUT we would advise you to consider the following:
  • Laser printers produce waterproof print – inkjet printers DO NOT
    Inkjet inks are generally water-based, which means they will run or smudge if they get wet. If you need a printer that can create waterproof labels, you’ll need to buy a LASER printer (or buy an inkjet printer and either source specialist waterproof inks OR source a transparent cover to stick over your labels to protect the print).
  • Laser printers tend to be able to process a larger variety of materials
    At Label Planet, our range of laser labels is larger than our range of inkjet labels, so you might want to consider the kinds of materials you want to be able to print on and then choose a suitable printer.
    All of our products are labelled with their printer compatibility; visit our "List Of All Label Materials" page to view ALL of our label products and their printer compatibility.
  • Different printers will offer different levels of image resolution
    Historically speaking, inkjet printers were always the best option if you needed to produce high quality, high resolution images (especially if you needed to print photographs); today laser printers are capable of producing sharp, crisp images that are of an equal resolution to those produced by inkjet printers BUT inkjet printers do still tend to offer specific “photographic” print options – so if you know that you also want to print photographs, you may want to opt for an inkjet printer.
    We would also point out that some printers will try to claim that they are better than others because they offer a much, much higher print resolution; however, for most printing applications (where you don’t need to produce high end graphics and artwork that will stand up to intense scrutiny), having a higher resolution is only beneficial up to a certain point (after which the difference in the quality of image produced becomes negligible – at least to the human eye).
  • You have to budget for your printer AND for your consumables
    If you’ve got an eye on your budget you may be tempted to opt for an inkjet printer (which tend to cost less than their laser printer counterparts). HOWEVER, you need to remember that printer manufacturers make most of their profits on the consumables that you buy for your printer rather than on the printer itself; in other words, while you might be able to get a really cheap inkjet printer, the ink cartridges it needs are likely to be quite expensive (and small – meaning you have to replace them more often). Laser printers might have a higher starting price BUT their consumables (toner cartridges and images drums) tend to last longer, which gives them a lower overall consumables cost than that of inkjet printers.
Should I Buy An All-In-One Printer?
If you need to print labels then NO – we would not recommend choosing an All-In-One printer.
These machines are designed to do SEVERAL tasks (e.g. printing, scanning, copying) to an ACCEPTABLE standard; whereas printers are designed to do ONE task (printing) to a HIGH standard. All-In-One printers are not able to cope with labels as well as standard printers; they tend to struggle with processing thicker materials, produce a lower quality of print, and do not offer the same level of precision and control over the print alignment.

Do You Recommend Any Specific Brands?
We recommend both OKI and HP printers; from our own printing experiences, we have found that these printers offer high duty cycles, high quality print on a range of label materials, and a good quality of accuracy in the alignment that they can achieve.

So What Should I Look Out For When Choosing A New Printer?
We recommend that you take a look through the specifications of the printer(s) you are looking at – taking into account the features and print settings offered by the printer, as well as looking at the specifications of what the printer can handle. For example, we highly recommend choosing a printer with a media bypass tray and a high “duty cycle”.

The media bypass tray is designed to process materials that are thicker than paper (such as labels) and offers a straighter path through the printer (to improve the print alignment); the manufacturer should supply a specification list of the weights, thicknesses, and types of materials that both the paper tray and the media bypass tray can (and more importantly cannot) process, so it’s worth taking a look through this information to see if a particular model of printer is suitable for printing labels.

The duty cycle is the estimated number of pages a printer should be able to produce in a given time frame (usually a month) while maintaining a consistent quality of print and standard of operation – you should choose a duty cycle that is higher than the actual amount of printing you anticipate you will end up needing to do to ensure that your printer can handle this amount.

What If I Can’t Find Or Don’t Have A Printer That Is Suitable For Printing Labels?
If the right kind of printer proves elusive, or your budget simply doesn’t stretch far enough to cover the costs of getting a new printer, there are two things you can try:
  1. Ask around at work or at home to see if someone has a suitable printer that you can borrow.
  2. Many towns have small high street printers who will be able to print your labels for you; you can order your labels from us and have them delivered either to yourself or directly to your printer and they will take care of the printing for you. Obviously, you will need to contact the printers to get a quote for how much it would cost to have your labels printed in this way and decide if this is a financially sensible option for you.
For more tips and advice, take a look through our Help Section and our Blog. To get started printing your own labels, simply visit our Template Section to download the template(s) you need to design and print your labels.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Have You Put Name Labels On Your Summer Planning List Yet?


With summer due to roll around in a few weeks, you might find that your mind is drifting ahead and making plans for your summer holidays (unless, of course, you’re among the super organised and you’ve already got your plans and lists sorted!).

Whether you’re planning an exotic trip abroad, a “staycation” at home, or just getting out and about for some fun filled days, name labels are an excellent addition to your summer holiday list. Our Stikins ® are multipurpose name labels that can be used to label pretty much anything from clothing and shoes to bags and cases (and everything that you’re planning to throw in for your trip), which makes them a perfect little helper for making sure that everybody’s stuff makes it safely to your holiday destination of choice AND back again.

You can make sure that everyone has everything they need to make the most of your trip (or trips) without the risk of losing things along the way. Plus, we’ve also taken steps to make sure that our name labels remain unaffected by exposure to sun creams and lotions, which means that they’ll remain perfectly in place even if you’re planning to get active in the summer sun!

If you’re using your name labels to label things for the whole family you could buy a pack of labels for each person (and make the most of our 10% discount on orders of four or more packs) OR you could purchase labels with just your surname on and share them out amongst everyone – if you are buying labels for stuff that is going to be taken out and about, it’s also a good idea to add a contact number so that they are easier to return if you lose them in a public place.

Visit the Stikins ® information page to find out more about our name labels or visit our Stikins ® product page to buy yours now!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Label Planet: FAQ Special – A Label Planet Guide To Finding Avery Compatible Labels & Templates


Many customers use the terms “Avery labels” and “labels” interchangeably, which can lead to a great deal of confusion when they start to look at OTHER manufacturers and suppliers of labels – a situation that isn’t helped much by the fact that many companies use Avery sizes and codes as a reference point for their own products, leading to a mishmash of codes that anyone would be puzzled by. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to finding the right labels (and templates) if you’re using Avery products and/or codes as a starting point.

Do You Sell Avery Products?
We do not sell ANY branded label products (apart from our own name label products); all of our labels are independently manufactured in the UK using high quality materials, with some of our products being “Avery Compatible”.

What Do You Mean By Avery Compatible?
Some of our products are made using the same label sizes and layouts as those made by Avery. This means that you can buy labels from us that are the same size and layout as those sold by Avery and that you can print onto our labels using Avery templates.

We have a number of customers who have used Avery products in the past but no longer wish to purchase from Avery (some have struggled to find a supplier of the product they want, some want a better price, others want to buy a particular size in a material not offered by Avery, and some have had problems with the quality of their Avery products) – these customers want to find a replacement that is the same (in size and layout) as the Avery products they have bought before so that they don’t have to waste time trying to find a similar alternative (or re-designing their templates).

Choosing an Avery compatible product means that you can use the same template(s) as you always do; you simply have to put our labels into your printer instead of Avery’s!

How Do I Find Out If One Of Your Products Is Compatible With One Of Avery’s?
All of our label sizes that are compatible with those of Avery will have the Avery code listed along with their Label Planet code.

We’ve also put together a List of Label Planet Label Sizes With Compatible Avery Codes page so you can see ALL of our label sizes that are compatible with an Avery product (or products) in one go.

Why Do You List So Many Different Avery Codes For One Label Planet Size?
Most of the Label Planet products that are compatible with Avery products will be listed as having multiple compatible Avery codes; this is due to the system used by Avery to create codes for its products and templates.

Every Avery product has a code that is both its “product code” and its “template code” – in other words you can use the same code to refer to a product and to the template that is used to print onto that product.

The problem is that some Avery products have the exact same size and layout (and so can be printed using the same template) BUT have different product codes (and therefore template codes) because they are made with different materials. For example, Avery supplies 40mm round labels in six different colours, which means that there are six product/template codes that can be used to print onto any of those labels (and that can be used to print onto our Avery compatible LP24/40R labels).

We try to list ALL of the Avery codes that are compatible with one of our label sizes because people tend to use these codes to find a built in Avery template in their software (e.g. Word); different software (and versions of software) will include different Avery codes, so by including them all, you should be able to find one that is available in the software that you are using.

I Have An Avery Code & Want To Find Out If You Have A Compatible Product – What Should I Do?
If you have a specific Avery code that you’re trying to find a compatible product for, the best thing to do is to take a look at our List Of Avery Codes With Compatible Label Planet Products. This page lists ALL of the Avery codes that have a compatible Label Planet product. The codes are listed numerically and then alphabetically; if you don’t see your Avery code in this list then it is more than likely that we don’t offer a compatible product.

I’ve Bought Labels From You But I Can’t Find A Compatible Avery Code To Set Up My Template – What Should I Do?
If the product page of the labels you’ve bought from us doesn’t list an Avery code, then it is likely that Avery simply doesn’t supply labels in that particular size and/or layout (and so, naturally, doesn’t offer a template for them). While Avery is a popular brand, many customers find that they simply don’t offer the same range of sizes and material options that others (like Label Planet!) do.

Here at Label Planet, we aim to offer our customers the best possible range of label products AND helpful extras to help them design and print their own labels, which is why each of our label sizes has its own dedicated “Template Information Page” full of information about that particular size and layout along with sets of Word and PDF templates for our customers to download and use.

To find a template for your Label Planet labels, simply visit the product page of the labels you have purchased from us and click on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information For This Label” link. Alternatively, visit our Template Section and use the links to navigate to the templates for the product(s) you have bought from us.

Find out more about our self-adhesive label products (and helpful extras such as templates, samples, and advice) on our “Self-Adhesive Labels” page. Alternatively, visit our “List Of All Label Materials” to view all of the label products available from Label Planet OR visit our “Label Sizes Listed By Width” and “Label Sizes Listed By Height” pages to see if we have a label size that is suitable for your application.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Schools – Beat The Summer Rush & Request Your Parent Leaflets Now!


With the summer term rushing by, schools will be heaving with end of year activities and many will be looking forward to the summer holidays with glee.

While it might be tempting to put off thoughts of the approach of September and a whole new academic year, it’s the perfect time to put in a bit of forward planning to make the most of the summer name label rush and take advantage of the “Back-To-School” opportunity.

Summer is our busiest time of the year as parents stock up on name labels in preparation for the new school year; schools who have joined our commission scheme can improve the amount of commission they earn this year by ensuring that parents know about our name labels AND the fundraising number they need to quote when they order. Of course, that means that you need to make parents aware of the scheme NOW – before you break up for summer.

We provide parent leaflets to our school and PTA partners to help them inform parents about the Stikins ® commission scheme completely free of charge; all you have to do is let us know how many you need. Schools can request leaflets for their new intake only or request enough to hand out to the entire school. Handing out these leaflets at the end of term is a quick and easy way to make sure parents have the information they need to hand when they come to place their orders over the summer break (and provide a reminder of the Fundraising Number they need to quote).

To request your leaflets, simply fill in our online School Request Form or contact our Customer Service Team.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Label Planet: FAQ – Do You Offer Worldwide Shipping?


At Label Planet, we supply A4 sheets of self-adhesive labels to customers in the UK and Ireland; we are not set up to process orders for customers outside of the UK and Ireland UNLESS they nominate a UK or Ireland delivery address and arrange their own transportation from that address onwards.

Delivery To UK Mainland
  • 25-225 Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (order by 4pm)
    Next Day Delivery By 1pm is available online; other special delivery options are available to request by phone.
  • 250-475 Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via next working day carrier (order by 4pm)
    Special delivery options are available to request by phone.
  • 500+ Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via next working day carrier (standard paper products ordered by 3pm) or within 5 working days (made to order items)
    Special delivery options are available to request by phone.
We recommend upgrading to a special delivery option if you need to receive your labels before a deadline (especially if you are ordering smaller quantities; Royal Mail’s first class service is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service and may be delayed).

Delivery To Northern Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and UK “Extended Postcode” Areas
Despatch and delivery information (and prices) are the same as for the UK mainland, with the exception of orders of 500+ sheets; these items are despatched on a 2-3 day carrier service with an additional service charge. Please contact our Customer Service Team for more information about the shipping options to these locations or to place an order.

Delivery To The Republic of Ireland
All orders to the Republic Of Ireland must by placed by phone so that we can work out the best shipping option/price for the quantity of labels being ordered. Orders of 25-220 sheets will be sent via Royal Mail’s International Signed For Service, while orders of 250+ sheets are sent on a 2-3 day carrier service (same day despatch if ordered by 4pm). Orders of 500+ sheets will also be sent on a 2-3 day carrier service; stocked paper products will be despatched same day, while made to order items will be despatched within 5 working days.

So what if I don’t have a UK or Ireland delivery address?
We have a sister company (Madebuy) trading on Amazon and Ebay; Madebuy sell genuine Label Planet products and are able to despatch goods to a number of worldwide destinations.

Visit our DELIVERY PAGES to view all of our despatch & delivery information; if you have any questions or queries about an order you wish to place, please contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Schools – Reasons To Be Cheerful (& Join The Stikins ® Fundraising Scheme)


Fundraising is an important activity for schools and PTAs and we know that most schools and PTAs are already juggling a multitude of different schemes and projects – which doesn’t leave much time and/or money to spend researching and implementing new fundraising opportunities.

Which is why we’ve designed our commission scheme to be as simple as possible to register and participate. 

In fact, we do most of the work on your behalf; all you need to do is decide how much time you want to spend promoting the scheme to parents. Our scheme is completely free to join and run and our one step registration process gives you access to fundraising that will run all year round – leaving you free to spend time on other projects.

What you need to do:
  • Decide To Join!
    If you’re not sure if our commission scheme is right for you, we’ve put together an information pack that explains exactly how it all works (along with a few samples for you to take a look at). We’ve created a Fundraising Guide and PowerPoint Presentation for you to use if you need to present this fundraising opportunity to (and get the approval of) a school board or PTA group. You can also get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you have any questions or queries about how it works.
  • Register!
    Simply fill in our one-step Registration Form and we will allocate your school or PTA with a unique fundraising number.
  • Let Parents Know!
    You will earn commission on all orders we receive where your fundraising number is quoted so all you need to do is make sure that parents know the right number to quote when they order.It’s up to you how much time and resources you put into this BUT we do offer a number of (completely free) resources to help you get started:REQUEST PARENT LEAFLETS: these leaflets are a quick and simple way to let parents know about name labels AND the fundraising opportunity they provide AND give them the all-important fundraising number they need to use.
    Simply get in touch or fill in our Request Leaflets Form online to request as many leaflets as you need.
    WRITE A LETTER TO PARENTS: you may also wish to send out a letter (or email) to let parents know about how the scheme works, about how useful name labels can be in fighting the problem of Lost Property, and/or to let them know about the projects that will be supported by the commission they help to generate.
    We have example letters on our website written by existing members of our commission scheme, which you can use as a starting point or guide for creating your own.
    ADD A LINK ON YOUR WEBSITE: adding a link on your school or PTA website is a great way to make parents aware of name labels and the chance to earn commission for the school AND make it even easier for parents to place an order. They simply follow the link directly from your site to ours and it is possible to set up a link that will automatically add your fundraising number to the orders that parents place by following the link – so you’ll always earn commission on those orders even if parents forget to enter the number themselves. We have a guide to adding this link on our “Linking Your Site To Us” page along with a form you can use to let us know that you’ve added your link.
    When you add a link to your website, we also DOUBLE THE COMMISSION RATE you earn from 15% to 30%!
What we do:
  • Assign You A Fundraising Number
    Once you’ve filled in our Registration Form, we’ll get you set up on our system and send you your Fundraising Number.
  • Process Orders & Provide Customer Service
    Parents place their orders directly with us and we handle everything to do with processing and despatching orders and providing customer support and service as required.
  • Provide Free Resources To Help You Boost The Amount Of Commission You Earn
    We’ve created a range of free resources to help you promote this fundraising scheme to parents, which can be found on our “Really Useful Downloads” page. You can also use our “School Request” page to request Parent Leaflets or to take advantage of our Stikins ® Sample Offer (available in May & June only).
  • Track Your Commission Earnings Throughout The Commission Year
    We keep track of all the orders received where your Fundraising Number has been quoted; we also provide a Tracking Service so you can keep an eye on how much commission you’ve earned so far.
  • Send Out A Commission Cheque In October
    Our commission year runs from 1st October to 30th September and we send out cheques once a year in October.
You can find all of our fundraising information and resources by visiting our site, clicking on the purple “Fundraising” button on the left hand side and selecting the links you need.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Label Planet: Don’t Let Your Labels Push You Over The Edge – An FAQ Special About Printing Labels


While there are various elements that can potentially cause problems when you print a template, one of the trickiest issues is dealing with what happens at the edges of each label on an A4 sheet of labels.

If you’re creating a simple set of basic labels then you’ll probably find that you don’t get close enough to the edges of your labels for them to become an issue BUT if you’re working on a design that fills (or takes advantage of the shaping of) each label then you might find that you struggle to get the edges just right. With this in mind, we’ve created a short FAQ special all about handling the potential problems of printing up to (or over) the edges of your labels.

Why won’t my printer print to the edges of my labels?
If you’ve created a large design that fills your labels but find that parts of it are “cut off” around the edges of the sheet, the problem is probably caused by the “printable” (and therefore “unprintable”) area of the printer you are using.

While standard desktop printers are designed specifically for handling A4 sheets, they cannot print the FULL AREA of an A4 sheet; there will be a section around the edges of an A4 sheet that a printer simply cannot reach, which is known as the “unprintable” area. Even if you create a template design that uses the full area of an A4 sheet, your printer will not be able to print the outermost part of your design – which means that if any part of any of your labels fall into this “unprintable” area, that part will remain blank and unprinted. The only way to solve this issue is to either adapt your design to take into account the area that your printer cannot reach (bearing in mind that, if you’re creating a set of identical labels, you’ll need to adapt the design to suit ALL of the labels on your sheet) or to try to get access to a printer that is capable of “borderless” or “edge-to-edge” printing.

How do I find the “printable” area of my printer?
The simplest way to determine how much of an A4 sheet your printer can actually print is to set up a blank Word document, fill the page with a coloured box or background, and print this document onto a blank sheet of paper. The “printable” area of the sheet will be filled in, while the “unprintable” area will remain blank. You can then use this test print to make sure your design sits within the “printable” area of your printer.

When I print my template, Word says my margins are too small and some content may be cut off – what should I do?
For the most part, you can ignore this warning and simply select “Yes” to carry on and print your labels.

Word attempts to account for the fact that most printers cannot print the full area of an A4 sheet by creating page margins to indicate the “printable” and “unprintable” area of your documents (and templates). Unfortunately, these page margins tend to be a rather excessive overestimate of the area that standard desktop printers cannot reach – which is why it is usually safe to simply ignore this particular warning.

However, if your design is actually sitting quite close to the edges of your page (for example, if your margins are less than 10mm), you may want to do a test print of your template onto blank paper first to establish whether or not your printer will be able to print all of your design.

What if my labels go right up to the edges of my label sheets?
Label sheets are made with a variety of layouts; the majority of A4 label products have a selvedge (or blank strip) around each edge of the sheet with some sizes also featuring gaps between the columns and/or rows of labels. These selvedges and gaps create a layout whereby the entire area of every single label on a sheet sits within the “printable” area of standard desktop printers, which means you can print right up to the edge of every single label without any problems.

The exception to this practice is “kiss cut” or “butt cut” labels; these labels are cut into shapes (usually rectangles or squares) that “butt up” against one another (in other words, there are no gaps between them). While some butt cut layouts have selvedges around one or more of the edges of the sheet, some of the labels will sit at the very edge of the sheet (within the “unprintable” area). You will need to either adapt your design to take into account the areas that your printer cannot print, get access to a “borderless” printer, or select another label layout that DOES offer selvedges (and gaps).
Our range of Rectangular Labels With Square Cut Corners are “butt cut” labels; the label sizes in this range that DO have a selvedge (or selvedges) have an “S” at the end of the product code (e.g. LP8/105S, LP12/105S). 

My design overlaps the edge(s) of my labels when I print it out, what should I do?
If the design on each of your labels is getting cut off slightly there are a few solutions you can try. If your design is being cut off on each label on one side and by the same amount (i.e. they’re all sitting too far left/right/high/low), then you can overcome this issue by simply increasing or decreasing the top and left margins of your template to manually shift your design into the correct position. If your design is being cut off on two or more sides, then you should consider reducing the size of the text and/or images you have added.

If your design gets progressively more misaligned as you look down or across the sheet (or if it is aligned correctly in the centre of the sheet and gets worse as you move outwards), then it is likely that your printer settings are incorrect; this issue is most commonly caused by a printer being set to a page size other than A4 OR because a scaling setting has been applied (such as a percentage that is more or less than 100% or a setting such as “Fit To Page”).

 What can I do to make sure my design is appropriate for the shape and layout of my labels (and so avoid problems at the edges of my labels)?
While every design is different, there are a few “golden rules” that you can follow to improve the quality and accuracy of your printed labels:
  • Centralise your design: if you set up your design so that it sits in the centre of each label, it is far more likely that your design will fall inside the central area of your labels (avoiding the edges) and won’t end up sitting in the “unprintable” area of your printer.
  • Avoid using a border: borders highlight the edges of your labels, which means they have the unfortunate side effect of also highlighting any inaccuracies in the alignment of your printer. If you absolutely have to use a border, then we recommend using a thick border, which you can overlap over the edges of your labels.
    Adding a border is also tricky to get right if any sides of your labels are butt cut; standard printers are not capable of extremely accurate print positioning, which will mean that you may end up with the border of one label overlapping onto another.
  • Take care with images and/or coloured backgrounds: if you add an image that is the same shape as your labels you will need to take great care with the alignment, as any slight misalignment will be made more obvious by the repetition of the same shape. If your image and label shapes don’t match, then you need to make sure that the image fits accurately within the edges of your labels OR that there is space around and between each label so that you can oversize your image around the edges of each label. Likewise, if you use a coloured background you will need to take a great deal of care with your alignment if there are no gaps between your labels (to avoid the background overlapping onto another label); if there are gaps between your labels then we recommend oversizing your background (or flood coating your template with a particular colour) to ensure that you don’t end up with any white edging around your labels.
To download a template or to find out more about the size and layout of any of our label sizes, please visit the Template Section of our website. Alternatively, take a look through our Help Pages and Blog for more tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Stikins ® Name Labels – A Helpful Extra For Nursing Homes & Residential Care Homes


Moving into a nursing or residential care home can be a stressful time for both the individual who is moving and the friends and family members around them; plus, with more and more people needing the help and care provided by these facilities, members of staff are under increasing time constraints to ensure that all of their charges receive the attention they require.

All of this means that there are more people and more belongings than ever before using the same shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and laundries) and same shared spaces (e.g. gardens and communal activity rooms), which means that the possibility of belongings going missing or getting mixed up has also increased.

The possessions that residents take with them are often of significant value to them and any mix up or loss of personal belongings will result both in significant distress for the individual (and their friends and family) and in members of staff losing precious time trying to track down items that have gone missing or sorting out mixed up items.

A simple solution is to label the items that each resident takes with them and Stikins ® are one of the quickest and easiest name labelling solutions available. These labels simply stick on and stay on, which means they can be applied by staff, friends and relatives, or residents themselves, and make it extremely quick and simple for items to be returned to their rightful owner.

Stikins ® can be used to label fabric items such as clothing, bedding, and linens (where they should be applied to the wash-care label), shoes and slippers (where they should be applied beneath the tongue or onto the side wall), containers for food and drink or medical supplies, and any personal belongings that a resident has with them.

Orders can be placed online via our website, by phone, or by post; we are happy to accept individual orders (whether these are placed by residents themselves or by friends and family acting on their behalf) or group orders (placed by a nursing or residential care home on behalf of their residents). Care facilities can contact our Customer Service Team by phone or email to request a 10% when they order from us directly. For more information about our Stikins ® name labels, please visit our Stikins ® information page.

We know that moving into a nursing or residential care home is often a situation that arises with little to no warning and can be a highly stressful process for all those involved; if you need to receive your name labels quickly, please contact our Customer Service Team by phone and we will ensure that your order is made and despatched the same day (providing we receive the order before 4pm). We can also offer a guaranteed next day delivery service for £5.75 if you wish to add this option to your order.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Label Planet: FAQ – Are Your Labels RoHS Compliant?


Admittedly, this might not be one of our MOST frequently asked questions but it is one that is very important to those customers who need to ask it. The short and simple answer is YES: all of our label products are fully RoHS compliant. Of course, if you prefer the longer answer, then please read on for more information.

What does RoHS stand for?
By itself RoHS stands for “the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances” but its full title is:

“The Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Directive (2011/65/EU).”

What is the RoHS?
The RoHS Directive is a piece of EU legislation that restricts the amount of six specific hazardous substances that can be used in the manufacture of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). These substances are: Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), and Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE), which are both flame retardants.

Any EEE that contains more than the agreed levels of these six substances cannot be placed on the EU market. The directive applies to manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers, and distributors of EEE.

Labels aren’t EEE products, so why do you need to state that you are RoHS compliant?
We don’t.

Labels in themselves are not EEE nor – although they may be stuck onto EEE – are they considered to be a “homogeneous” part of EEE because they can be removed, which means that that are not an integral (and permanent) part of the product and are therefore not subject to the RoHS Directive.

However, we know that there are companies who want to make sure that ALL of the elements associated or supplied with their products are also compliant with the RoHS directive – which would include any labels that they apply to their products.

This is why we have taken the steps to confirm that all of our label products are compliant with the RoHS directive and can therefore be used on Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

For more detailed information about all of our label products, you can take a look at our Material Specification Sheets or get in touch with our Customer Service team.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Schools FAQ – The Whys & Hows Of Adding A Link To Your Website


As part of our commission scheme, we offer schools the opportunity to boost their rate of commission to 30% simply by adding a link on the school or PTA website to our website.

These links produce a variety of benefits for our school and PTA partners, so we thought it was high time we wrote an FAQ special all about why and how to add this link.

These links benefit both the school/PTA and parents who need to order name labels for their children’s belongings.

In addition to doubling your commission rate, adding a link to your website makes it extremely quick and easy for parents to order name labels. They don’t need to search for or navigate to our website themselves – they simply visit our site directly from yours – which will boost the number of parents who order name labels in this way.

More parents ordering will increase the amount of commission you earn AND has the added benefit of increasing the numbers of pupils who have their belongings labelled, which will benefit the school by reducing the amount of lost property you have to deal with.

You can also increase the likelihood of parents ordering name labels by thinking carefully about where on your site you add a link. For example, if your website has a school uniform page then parents will be more likely to buy name labels because they are ordering new items of school uniform (and don’t fancy having to replace them in a few weeks because they’ve gone missing) OR, if you have your link on a PTA fundraising page, parents may be more likely to place an order because they know about the projects that they will be helping to support.

Another benefit is the fact that you can create a link that will AUTOMATICALLY add your fundraising number to the order that parents place using your link; this means that even if a parent completely forgets about adding the number or simply can’t remember what the right number is, the order will still count towards your commission total.

Adding a link to the school or PTA website is something that your webmaster will be able to do quickly and simply. However, we like to make sure that our commission scheme really is as simple as possible to run, which is why we’ve created a page on our site called “Linking Your Site To Us” to explain exactly how you can add a link to your website.

There are two types of links that you can choose to add:
Banner Links: this kind of link is an image that parents click on to visit our site.
We have included a Code Generator on our site to create the HTML code required to add this to your site – all you need to do is enter your School Fundraising Number and select the type of image you prefer (we offer four different sizes so you can choose one that will fit neatly onto your site); this code can then be copied and pasted to add the banner link to the page (or pages) of your choice.

Text Links: this kind of link is a line of text embedded with a hyperlink that parents click on to visit our site.
The hyperlink text takes the following form: https://www.stikins.co.uk/?PARTNER=12345 (where the 12345 is replaced with your unique fundraising number).

Both of these types of links will automatically add your fundraising number to the order placed when a parent uses your link to reach our website.

Simply fill in the form at the bottom of our “Linking Your Site To Us” page!

We will verify that your link is up and working correctly and then update your rate of commission from 15% to 30%. We’ll also backdate this higher rate of commission so ALL orders placed quoting your fundraising number during the current commission year (even if you add your link right before the commission year is due to end) will earn the top rate of commission.

During May and June this year, you’ll also be able to request free samples of our Stikins ® name labels for your ENTIRE school if you have a link on your school or PTA website.

To get started with adding a link to your site simply visit our “Linking Your Site To Us” page; if you have any questions about adding a link or if you have any issues adding your link, please contact our Customer Service Team for help.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Label Planet: Try A New Twist On An Old Favourite (With Our Popular Label Sizes Page)


While we aim to offer our customers the best possible RANGE of self-adhesive labels to choose from (including, of course, as many different label sizes as possible), there are a number of sizes that are requested time and time again.

These label sizes tend to be “standard” sizes that can be put to use in thousands and thousands of different label applications; they’re among the most common products made by the label industry and tend to be adopted as “standards” for all kinds of purposes, which means they end up being built into software for a whole host of specific applications and used by all kinds of individuals and organisations across the country.

We’ve taken our 14 most commonly requested label sizes and turned them into “Popular Sizes”, which we aim to supply in as many different material and adhesive options as possible – with the majority available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. This allows our customers to find the perfect label material and adhesive to suit their particular application AND to receive their labels as quickly as possible.

Each of our “Popular Sizes” is available to order in 35+ material options, including a range of paper labels, coloured paper labels, and synthetic labels (in polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl). Our paper range includes options for premium quality papers with gloss, semi-gloss, or matt finishes, opaque labels (for covering up incorrect or out of date information), freezer labels for food and drink or research sample applications, high tack labels for more unusual surfaces, and two removable options (with a “standard” or a “super” removable adhesive). For a more decorative finish, we offer seven pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, metallic gold and silver (for a luxurious or festive finish), and brown Kraft paper (for a natural, hand tailored finish) OR – if you’re having problems colour matching or want to avoid covering up a decorative surface – you can opt for one of our transparent labels. Our synthetic labels are all made with waterproof materials and are available with gloss or matt finishes, which makes them ideal if you need durable, long lasting labels that are also waterproof.

So, if you’ve got a “standard” label that isn’t doing its job as well as it could do, want a label that’s a bit more decorative or professional in appearance, or you’re simply looking for a change, why not take a look through our popular sizes pages to see if there’s an alternative version of the product you already know and love that will do the job that little bit better!

Visit our Popular Sizes page to see all of the label sizes available in this range and use the individual popular product pages to view all of the options available for the label size of your choice.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Schools – Find Out More About Fundraising With Stikins ® In Our Fundraising Guide


If your school or PTA isn’t sure about whether or not our fundraising scheme is the right opportunity for them, we highly recommend taking a look through our Fundraising Guide.

Last year, we spent some time researching and reviewing the results that our existing school partners were getting from their participation in our commission scheme and we used our findings to put together a Fundraising Guide to help newcomers understand exactly how easy it is to take part.

We’ve recently revised our Fundraising Guide to bring it bang up to date for 2016 and it’s a great resource to find out exactly how our scheme works and how it can benefit your school and/or PTA.

The guide features information about how our commission scheme works, about our name label products, and tips and advice for getting the best possible results from your participation.
  1. Quick Overview: a brief outline of who we are and the fundraising opportunity that we offer.
  2. Reasons To Be Cheerful: a shortlist of the benefits of joining our commission scheme.
  3. Getting Started: the THREE steps you need to follow to get registered, along with information about how we will keep you up to date on the commission you have earned and how/when you will receive your commission.
  4. Letting People In School Know: we’ve found that our more successful partners tend to be those who have gotten everyone on board; we’ve put together some information about our scheme for all of those involved (including Head Teachers, PTA Members, and Teachers).
  5. Product Information: this section gives you information about our name labels including what they look like, how they work, pack and pricing information, despatch and delivery information, ordering details, and the contents sent out with each order.
  6. Commission Booster Plan: a large part of our investigation last year was to find out why (and how) some schools were achieving higher commission totals than others. We’ve taken the experiences of our existing partners and used them to create a selection of helpful tips to help new and existing members of our commission scheme get the very best results from their fundraising efforts including; “6 Small Things That Make A Huge Difference”, how to take advantage of the “Back-To-School Opportunity”, and our top tips for “Avoiding Catastrophic Failure!”.
  7. Useful Links and Contacts: we’ve put together a special “Fundraising” section on our website, which contains all of our information and resources for schools and PTAs who want to join our commission scheme. We’re also happy to talk to schools and PTAs to discuss any questions or queries they may have about joining and participating in our commission scheme.
You can find our Fundraising Guide online on our Really Useful Downloads page. Alternatively, visit our School Requests page or contact our customer service team to request a Fundraising Information Pack; each pack contains a copy of our Fundraising Guide along with samples of our name labels, parent leaflets, and A4 posters.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Label Planet: Small Is Beautiful AKA Reasons Why Mini Labels Are Great!


Mini labels are a small but effective label size that can come in handy in hundreds and thousands of ways!

Our mini labels are self-adhesive labels that measure 38.1mm wide by 21.2mm high and have the product (size) code LP65/38. They’re a brilliantly compact label size that is perfect for adding bits of all-important information to all kinds of items. Whether you need to add information that absolutely HAS to stay with an item or you’ve got some information that you want to really stand out, adding it to a mini label is the perfect way to get your stuff labelled!

Mini labels are most commonly used as “Return Address Labels”; their size allows a return or contact address to be added to envelopes and parcels of all sizes to allow the recipient to return an item or to get in touch with the sender. They’re also used as product labels and pricing labels, colour coding labels for organisation or stock taking/rotation, food and drink information labels, and product and document seals.

They’re so useful, in fact, that they’re a standard size across the label industry and are one of the most popular label sizes offered by Avery. Our mini labels are compatible with Avery’s mini labels, which means you can use Avery templates (such as those built into Word) to design the labels you’ve bought from us.

Compatible Avery codes include: C2651*, E3211*, J8551*, J8651*, J8751*, L4790*, L4791*, L4792*, L4793*, L7051*, L7065*, L7551*, L7651*, L7651P*, L7651Y*, L7680*, L7690*, LR7651*

ANY of these codes will generate a template that is compatible with our LP65/38 mini labels; although you can, of course, also visit our Mini Labels template page to download a Word or PDF template from our website instead!

Because mini labels are SO popular – and for so many different purposes – we’ve made our LP65/38 labels into one of our “Popular Items”, which means we stock this size in 35 different material options for same day despatch from stock (with two extra materials – removable coloured mini labels and opaque mini labels – available to order). Customers can choose from a range of colours and transparent options, a range of finishes and materials, and a range of adhesives to make sure they find the mini label that is perfect for their particular label application.

Coloured mini labels are a perfect decorative addition to all kinds of items and can be used to match company branding and product packaging, with our metallic options being perfect for luxury or festive items and events, and our Kraft paper being ideal for creating a natural or handmade finish. Alternatively, if you’re having trouble colour matching or you’re labelling a transparent or decorative surface you can opt for one of our transparent labels to add your information to your items without covering up the surface being labelled. We also supply freezer mini labels for food and drink applications (or even research applications where samples need to be securely labelled), a range of removable mini labels for use on gift items or as temporary labels that can be removed when they are no longer need or have become outdated, a range of waterproof mini labels for use in outdoor (or damp indoor) conditions, and two tamper evident mini label products, which are a simple way to produce security seals on documents and packaging.

Visit our MINI LABELS page to find out more about these fantastically useful little labels, to find out all of the material and adhesive options available, or to go ahead and purchase your own Mini Labels today!

Stikins ® & Trons ®: It’s Now Even EASIER To Register Your School & Request Helpful Extras To Fundraise With Stikins ®


We’ve always aimed to provide products and services that make life easier – for parents AND school staff members alike.

Our name labels are designed to be as quick and easy to use as possible so parents can get on with the more important (and fun) things in life, while our fundraising scheme is designed to be as simple and fuss-free as possible so school staff and PTA members can raise money for the school without needing to give up a whole chunk of their precious time and resources.

With this aim in mind, we’ve implemented a few small changes to the Schools Section of our website to make it easier for schools and PTAs to find and/or request the resources they need.

Our Schools Section is now simply called “Fundraising”; all of our information and free resources for schools and PTAs can be found here. Simply click on the purple “Fundraising” button on the left hand side of our site and choose from the links in the drop down list.

We’ve also simplified the way schools and PTAs request information and resources (and register) on our website. We’ve set up one easy-to-use “Requests Form”, which schools and PTAs can use to do ANY of the following:
  • Request Fundraising Information
    To find out more about our fundraising scheme and our name labels, you can use this option to request a Fundraising Information Pack to help you decide if you would like to join. The pack contains a copy of our Fundraising Guide (containing information about our products, how the scheme works, and our “Commission Booster Plan” full of tips and advice) along with samples of our name labels, parent leaflets, and A4 posters.
  • Register Our School / PTA
    Use this option to join our commission scheme and receive the all-important unique fundraising number that parents will use to earn commission for your school and/or PTA each time they order name labels from us.
  • Request Parent Leaflets
    We provide our fundraising partners with parent leaflets completely free of charge; these leaflets are a simple way to make parents aware of name labels as a useful tool to reduce lost property and raise money for the school. You can request leaflets for a single class only (e.g. new intake), ask for a few spares to keep in the office or school shop, or request enough leaflets for the entire school.
  • Request Free Samples
    During May and June, we are offering schools the chance to request free printed samples of our Stikins ® name labels to hand out to the new intake in preparation for the new school year. We’ve found that parents are much more likely to actually use name labels when they are able to see for themselves how easy they are to use and how well they work.
We’re also happy to talk directly to schools and PTAs to discuss any questions or queries you might have; simply contact our Customer Service Team by phone or by email and we’ll do our best to help.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Thank You (For All Your Lovely Reviews)


At Label Planet, we do our best to make sure our customers have the best possible experience when they order and use our name label products.

We believe that a big part of doing so is taking the time to get feedback from our customers, which is why we give each of our customers the opportunity to leave us a review – and let us know what they like (or dislike) and how well (or not) they’re getting along with our products.

And our customers haven’t let us down!

We’d like to say a big thank to all of the customers who have taken the time to write us a review – we currently have over 2500 merchant reviews and over 1100 product reviews (giving us a grand total of over 3600 reviews!).

We know that our customers – using our name labels every single day – are the best people to ask when it comes to figuring out what we’re doing well and what could be improved, which is why we use the feedback in these reviews to evaluate and update our products and services where possible.

We also know that reviews are really helpful when it comes to choosing between products – especially if there are lots of different options available. There are many different types of name label available online and we believe that it’s really useful to hear from other people who have used our products for themselves to help new customers decide if they want to give our products a try.

You can find all of our merchant reviews by clicking on the red “Reviews” buttons on the left and right hand sides of our website. For product reviews, simply visit either our Stikins ® product page or our Trons ® product page for reviews of our name labels and name transfers.

Label Planet: Label Planet & The World Of Self-Adhesive Labels


While the label universe is full of all sorts of different kinds of labels, at Label Planet we’ve chosen to specialise in one particular kind of label: self-adhesive labels

What are Self-Adhesive Labels?
The name comes from the type of adhesive used to make these labels; “self-adhesive” or “pressure sensitive” adhesives are adhesives that are tacky (sticky) under “normal” conditions, which means they require only the pressure of a finger or hand to be applied. These labels simply need to be peeled off their backing sheet and placed firmly onto the surface of the item being labelled.

Why do we specialise in A4 Sheets of Self-Adhesive Labels?
Self-adhesive labels can be produced in a variety of formats (including Roll Labels and Fan-Fold Labels) but we have chosen to specialise in blank labels supplied on A4 sheets. This is because this particular format is the most convenient for customers who are looking to print their own labels. Our labels are compatible with standard desktop inkjet printers and laser printers, which means that anyone can produce their own set of labels using the computer and printer that they already have access to at home or at work.

We have also chosen to specialise in one particular type of self-adhesive label because this allows us to provide our customers with better choice, better prices, better despatch and delivery times, and better customer care. Label Planet customers can choose from over 100 sizes across a range of more than 30 material options with many of these products available to order for same day despatch from stock. Our products are manufactured in the UK using high quality materials and we offer a range of helpful extras to make sure that our customers are able to produce high quality labels themselves.

What kinds of Self-Adhesive Labels are available from Label Planet?
We offer a range of materials and adhesives to help make sure that our customers find a label that can fulfil the requirements of the label application they have in mind. These materials include both paper and synthetic materials (polyester and polyethylene), a range of finishes (gloss, semi-gloss, and matt), and 15 coloured paper options (7 pastels, 5 fluorescents, 2 metallics, and Kraft), while our adhesives range from extremely strong permanent adhesives to extremely light removable adhesives, via a number of “speciality” options, including freezer, opaque, VOID, waterproof, and marine adhesives.

How easy is it to print Self-Adhesive Labels?
All you need is a template and a printer (although time and patience are also quite useful!).

A number of our label sizes are compatible with Avery products, which means you can use the Avery templates that are often built into existing software (such as Word). Alternatively, you can visit the Template Section of our site and download a template in either Word or PDF format for the labels you are going to print. The Word templates can be used in Word or any other Word Processing software that can edit the .docx file format (e.g. Pages, OpenOffice, LibreOffice etc), while the PDF templates can only be edited using a graphics package (such as InDesign, Photoshop etc). Simply add your required design to your template and you’re halfway there!

All of our labels are compatible with standard desktop printers, although some materials are only compatible with either laser printers or inkjet printers – we indicate the printer compatibility on each of our label products, so all you need to do is double check that a product is compatible with the printer you intend to use. You should use the media bypass of your printer (if it has one) and check through your printer’s properties to see if there are any settings that will improve the print quality you achieve (for example, some printers have a “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting) and to ensure that the page size is set to A4 (with no scaling options selected).

We highly recommend doing a “test print” first before putting your labels into your printer; test print your template onto blank paper, put this printout against a sheet of your labels, and hold them both up to the light to see if the alignment is accurate or if it needs adjusting slightly (all printers vary by a few mm in their print positioning, so you can usually improve the alignment simply by increasing or decreasing the top and left margins as necessary).

Visit our brand new “Self-Adhesive Labels” page to find out more about the self-adhesive labels we supply (and the helpful extras that you can find on our website) or visit our List Of All Labels page to view ALL of the different label products that make up the world of Label Planet.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Presenting The Return Of Our Free Name Label Sample Offer For The New Intake Of 2016


We’ve had great feedback from schools who’ve found that parents are much more enthusiastic about using name labels once they’ve been able to see and try them for themselves – which benefits the school by both increasing the amount of school uniform and equipment that is securely labelled (reducing the amount of Lost Property that they have to deal with) AND increasing the amount of commission they receive.

This year, we will be producing free samples for schools during May and June in preparation for the new intake who will be arriving in September.

You can request your free samples either by filling in our new online Request Form or sending us an email.

Simply provide us with your school details along with the names of your new intake (we recommend sending an Excel spreadsheet with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column) and we will get your samples printed, packed, and delivered to the school directly.

Each pupil will receive FIVE Stikins ® labels printed with their name and individually packed with a set of Instructions For Use and a parent leaflet with information about how to place an order.

If you are an existing member of our commission scheme and have a link set up on your school or PTA website to our website then you can choose to request free samples for the entire school; simply include all of the names in your spreadsheet and we will produce free Stikins ® samples for all of your pupils – if you include class groups in your spreadsheet, we will pack your samples by classes so they’re easier to hand out.  

The spreadsheet of names will be used only for the purposes of personalising the samples and will be completely deleted from our system as soon as the samples have been printed and packed.
If you have any problems with requesting personalised samples due to your school’s data privacy policy, we are more than happy to send out generic samples that are printed with the school name or class names only. 

If you wish, you can handout your samples with a covering letter from the school, explaining a bit more about the benefits of using name labels, how these name labels can raise money for the school, and perhaps even a bit of detail about the specific projects that will be supported by the commission you earn (to raise awareness of and support for these projects to help you reach your targets that much faster!). We have a number of example letters on our website, which you can use as a starting point or guide for your own letter.

To request your free samples, simply visit the Fundraising Section of our website and select the “School Request” page.

Label Planet: All That Glitters Is Not Gold – Because We’ve Got Brand New Label Sizes In Gold AND Silver!


Yes, the Label Planet universe is expanding once again and this time we’ve added a little more sparkle to our world with new additions to our range of Metallic Paper Labels.

We’ve introduced 15 new sizes in both our Gold Labels and Silver Labels product ranges; these sizes are available to order in boxes of 100 or 500 sheets (with up to five working days for despatch).

These self-adhesive labels are made with gold or silver paper that has a semi-gloss textured finish and a permanent adhesive; they are suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. Our new products include 10 rectangular label sizes and 5 circular label sizes, which means our customers now have 24 label sizes to choose from if they’re looking for a decorative label that has that extra special luxurious finish.

Our gold and silver labels are especially popular for label applications that involve labelling items that are that extra bit special or important. From product labels on gift items to address labels on wedding invitations, these labels are a simple way to add a touch of splendour to any items that deserve to be given an extra special finish.

The bright finish means they’re ideal for marketing and promotional labels that really need to stand out and they have a shine that is perfect for “big occasions”, whether that’s a wedding, a big birthday or anniversary, seasonal holidays and events (especially Christmas), or just something that’s a little bit special.

To view all of the sizes now available, visit our Gold Labels page or our Silver Labels page to place an order for the bright shiny things of your choosing.