Monday, 23 January 2017

Label Planet: FAQ – What Does “Compatible With Avery” Mean?

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You may have noticed that a number of our label products are described as being “compatible with Avery labels” or “Avery compatible”. Simply put, this means that the label size and layout of our Label Planet labels is the same as the label size and layout of Avery labels.

This means that you can print Label Planet labels with an Avery template; we include compatible Avery codes for our products (where possible) because we know that some of our customers need to use an existing Avery template to print their labels. For example, if you are printing labels from specialist software for producing barcode labels, shipping labels, or product labels, the only templates built in to your software may be Avery templates – if we have a compatible label size, you will be able to buy labels from us and print them using the existing templates in your software.

While you might be perfectly happy using Avery labels, you may have found that we offer a particular label size in a different material or adhesive option that isn’t provided by Avery, that the materials used by Avery aren’t suitable for your application, that you struggle to source Avery labels in the quantities that you need, or you may simply want the freedom to shop around as you please.

If any of these are true, you can buy labels from Label Planet safe in the knowledge that they are the same as the Avery labels that you have used before/are the same as the Avery template that you want or need to use to print your labels. We also offer a free sample request service so you can try out our labels for yourself and see if they are suitable for the task at hand.

You can find a full list of Label Planet labels that have compatible Avery templates on our website here; alternatively, if you have a specific Avery code in mind, you can use our Search By Avery Code page to see if we have a label size that is compatible with your Avery code.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Label Planet: Need Help Choosing The Right Labels? Try These Helpful Extras From Label Planet To Find The Perfect Label For The Job!

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If you’re looking for labels, you might not have realised how many different options are out there, which can make picking the perfect label a bit of a problem. Here at Label Planet, we’ve added a few helpful resources to our website that you can use to make sure that you choose the right label for your specific label application.

The Label Finder
Our label finder is designed to create a shortlist of options for you to choose from based on the information that you enter; all you need to do is select the specifications that you need your labels to match and the finder will automatically create a list of Label Planet labels that meet those requirements.

You can narrow down your options by entering the type of printer you want to use, the shape and/or size of label you want to use, any preferences you have for the material/colour/adhesive/finish, if you need waterproof labels or not, or you can use our “Label Use” category to see a list of products that we recommend for a particular label application.

Search By Pages & Label Lists
Our search by pages help you to find out what products are available from Label Planet, based on a specific requirement that you have – for example, you can search by number of labels per sheet, by label width or height, or by Avery code – to see if we have a label size that is the same as the Avery labels/template that you already use.

Alternatively, you can use our label lists to view all of the label products that we supply that are a certain “type” of label, such as “All Colours”, “All Transparent”, “All Removable” etc.

Range Pages (and Material Specification Sheets)
Each of our products has its own range page, which provides you with more information about each particular range, including key facts (material, adhesive, printer compatibility etc), product information, common and popular uses, and a material specification sheet (which has more detailed information about the materials used to make each range).

Samples
We also operate a free sample request service so you can request a couple of options that you think will be suitable and test them to determine whether or not they really are the right choice. If you really aren’t sure which labels would be suitable, you can simply fill in our online Sample Request form (or give us a call) to let us know what your label application is and the kind of labels you want so that we can send you a selection of the labels that we believe are the best options for you to choose from – all you need to do is provide us with as much information as you can about your application and we’ll work out which labels should be the right ones.

Get In Touch
If all else fails and you’re still confused, remember you can always contact our Customer Service Team to discuss your requirements and get some assistance with choosing the right labels for your label application.

We also have a few extra TOP TIPS to consider when you are choosing labels:
Budget: if you have to keep to a strict budget, our paper labels will ALWAYS be the cheapest options to choose from, labels in a different colour/adhesive/finish will cost a little bit more, and our synthetic materials (polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl) will always be the most expensive options. We operate a price break system so it might be worth buying a slightly larger order than you need immediately (and storing the leftovers for future use) to save you a bit of money in the long run.
Quantity: if you only need a few labels you will need to make sure you look at our STOCKED items; these products have a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets and are listed in the TOP section of our range pages. Our non-stocked items are either made to order items or are kept in stock at our warehouse – these products have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets, which may be way more than you need.

Visit our website to find all of the helpful extras listed above; you can use our List of All Labels page to see all of the label ranges available from Label Planet (along with a link to the range page for each), or use our Contact Us page to find out how you can get in touch for a bit more help and advice on choosing the right label for your specific label application.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Name Labels – A Small Thing That Makes A Big Difference In Nursing Homes & Residential Care Homes

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Most of our name labels are used by parents to label their children’s school uniform and equipment BUT they’re also a valuable tool for people who are helping a friend or relative as they move into a nursing home or residential care facility.

While everyone involved will be doing their best to keep things as stress-free as possible, moving into a care home can be a worrying time and is often a sudden change that is done as a matter of urgency. While we can’t take away the stresses and worries of moving into a care home, you may find that our name labels can give some peace of mind when it comes to keeping your friend or relative's personal possessions safe and secure.

Nursing and residential care homes are reliant on the use of shared rooms and facilities, which means it is all too easy for a resident’s belongings to be mixed up or accidentally left behind in a communal space. When items are lost in this way, it can cause great distress to residents (and their friends and family) and to members of staff, who will lose precious time trying to locate missing items – time that could be spent doing much more important things.

Name labels are a simple and easy to use solution; adding a label with a resident’s name (and room number) to their personal belongings makes it extremely easy to return items to their rightful owner. We supply TWO name label products, both of which are already used by a number of care facilities across the country:

STIKINS ® name labels; our most popular product, these multipurpose labels simply stick on and stay on and can be used to label clothing and fabric items, as well as personal items.

TRONS ® name transfers; these labels do require a bit more patience to apply but create a completely permanent name label on any fabric item.

We are happy to accept orders from residents themselves or friends/family members acting on their behalf (order anytime online via our website, give our Customer Service Team a call to order by phone (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm), or use one of our Leaflets to make a postal order) OR from care homes and residential care facilities who wish to order (in bulk) on behalf of their residents (please contact our Customer Service Team by phone or by email to receive a 15% discount).

Visit our dedicated information pages to find out more about our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers; use our Stikins ® or Trons ® product pages to place an order online, or contact our Customer Service Team if you have any questions about using or ordering name labels for a resident of a care home or if you would like to place an order over the phone.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Label Planet: Q) Does It Matter What Sort Of Printer I Use To Print My Labels? A) YES!

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You might be surprised at just HOW important it is to use the right printer (and print settings) when you are printing your own labels. Your choice of printer determines a number of factors that can have a big influence on the quality of print that you can achieve when printing labels (that is, if you can print labels at all).

Type Of Printer:
All of our labels are supplied on A4 sheets and are designed specifically for use with standard desktop inkjet printers and laser printers. You may have noticed that all of our label products are marked with a particular printer compatibility – Laser Only, Inkjet Only, or Laser & Inkjet.

This is because the two types of printers use two different printing methods and our labels are generally made with materials that suit one of these print methods. Laser printers use heat and pressure to bond a dry powder called toner into place, which means that laser labels are made using materials that have a smooth, consistent surface and that are heat resistant (paper laser labels, for example, will have a much higher moisture content than standard sheets of paper). Inkjet printers, however, will disperse inks (usually water-based) onto a surface where they will dry in place to form the final printed image or design. Inkjet labels, therefore, may have a slightly porous surface to absorb some of the ink and allow it to dry in place much more accurately.

If you try to print laser labels with an inkjet printer or inkjet labels with a laser printer, the best you can hope for is extremely low quality print – at worst you could damage your labels and your printer so you MUST make sure that the labels you buy are compatible with your printer.

You may also find that certain label products are only available for ONE type of printer. For example, all of our Waterproof Labels are laser labels – this is because laser printers create waterproof print, whereas inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks that will run or smudge if they get wet (or even if they’re simply handled a lot).

Model Of Printer:
The next factor is the exact model of printer that you intend to use. Some models of printer will have limitations that make them entirely unsuitable for printing labels, while others will have features specifically designed to produce high quality print on labels.

As a general rule, if you want to print labels you will need to use a general purpose printer – not an All-In-One Printer or a printer that is designed for a specific purpose other than printing labels (e.g. Photo Printers). All-in-one printers are designed to do a lot of different tasks to a reasonable standard (rather than doing one specific task to an exceptional standard), which means they are often too limited in their specifications to print labels properly (if at all). General purpose printers will usually include a range of hardware and software features that are designed specifically for use when printing labels – to improve the print quality and alignment accuracy that you can achieve.

Some printers will also be limited in the types and thicknesses of materials that they can accept and process properly; labels are made from a variety of materials and are naturally thicker than paper because they are made up of several layers (there are at least three: face material, adhesive, and backing sheet, with some labels having extra layers such as special coatings).

The best thing to do is to check the manufacturer’s manual for the following:
  • Specifications: there should be a section that lists the hardware features and specifications of your printer, including whether or not it has a media bypass tray, along with the types and weights of materials that it can accept.
  • Recommended guidelines: if your printer does have features for printing labels then the manual may also include recommended guidelines for how to print labels (including any specific print settings you should use).
While we don’t recommend any specific models of printer (you do, after all, need to buy one that is suitable for your unique set of printing requirements and budget), we do recommend the OKI and HP brands, as we have found that their printers tend to be able to handle large volumes and thicker materials very efficiently.

Printer Hardware Features
As we mentioned above, you should make sure that your printer has a media bypass tray; this is a secondary tray, usually located just above or below the paper tray, that is designed to accept thicker media (such as labels and envelopes) and to bypass at least one set of rollers within the printer, which produces a straighter path through the machine and reduces the chances of your label sheets rotating slightly as they are printed (improving the accuracy of alignment that you get).

You may also want to check if your printer offers the following features:
Wide Edge Feed (Long Edge Feed) AND Narrow Edge Feed (Short Edge Feed); most printers will have trays that use narrow edge feed, which means that your sheets feed into your printer narrow edge leading (portrait). If your printer offers both types of feed you must make sure that you only use the narrow edge option (and check that your print settings are also set to this option). All of our labels are made with layouts that are designed to feed narrow edge leading, while our paper labels also have a grain (like wood) that goes in this direction. If you feed your labels into your printer wide edge leading (against the grain), you may find that they start to separate from the backing sheet, which can cause your label sheets to jam in your printer.
Edge-To-Edge Printing; also known as “borderless” printing, this feature will allow you to print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet. Most standard desktop printers cannot do this, which means there will be a border around the edge of your label sheets that your printer simply cannot print – if any part of any of your labels fall into this unprintable area, you will need to adapt your design to make sure that these areas of your template are left blank.

Printer Software Features (aka Print Settings)
Finally, you need to make sure your printer offers suitable print settings for printing labels – AND that you have actually selected these settings when you print. Before printing, check your Printer’s Properties for the following:
  • Page Size: this must be A4 (you should always check this as some printers will sometimes default to American Letter).
  • Media Type/Weight: choose a specific “Labels” print setting if one is available; if not, choose a “Heavy Paper” setting to get the best possible print quality on your labels.
  • Scaling: make sure that no scaling options are applied (for example, a percentage or any “Fit To Page” options).
  • “Ignore Printer Settings”//”Use Driver Settings”: these options will cause your printer to ignore any specific settings that you have selected to use when printing your labels and will use a default set installed in your printer’s driver (software) instead.
Visit our Help Pages for more tips and advice on printing your own labels or visit our List Of All Materials page to view all of the label products available from Label Planet along with their printer compatibility.

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Don’t Lose Out To The Lost Property Box Of Doom; Use Stikins ® To Keep Your Children’s Stuff Safe!

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While we can’t do anything to help with cases of the back to school blues, we can help make sure that your children’s belongings make it safely to school and back again, day after day, throughout the rest of the school year.

Stikins ® are a brilliantly simple solution to the problem of lost property and can be used to label school uniform, equipment, and all those essential extras that your children absolutely have to have with them. These labels simply peel off their backing sheet and then stick on and stay on; they can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items, or directly onto personal items, such as books and bags, stationery and equipment, tablets and phones, or coats and shoes (in shoes, stick them beneath the tongue or onto the side wall – NOT beneath the heel).

Our labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and are plain white labels printed with a bold, black font; this means that our name labels are totally discrete when they aren’t needed but are really easy to find and read when they are needed – so if your children’s belongings do get mixed up with someone else’s or go missing and turn up in the Lost Property Box, it’s extremely easy to identify them and bring them home (and you don’t have to abandon items on the Lost Property Heap simply because your child point blank refuses to take something home because there’s no way to prove that it doesn't actually belong to someone else).

Stikins ® take seconds to apply and give you an easy way to safely and securely label ALL of your children’s belongings (although, as a fair warning, they’re not great on socks). We offer four pack sizes (30, 60, 90, or 120 labels) and you can order anytime via our website or you can give our Customer Service Team a call to order over the phone.

If you have any questions about our Stikins ®, please visit our dedicated Information Page or get in touch with our Customer Service Team. Give us a call to place an order over the phone or visit our Stikins ® product page to place an order online today.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Label Planet & Stikins ® & Trons ®: A Happy New Year From Label Planet!







Happy New Year To All Of Our Customers!

We hope you had a marvellous time over the Christmas break and had a spectacular start to the New Year.

Here at Label Planet, we’re back in the office and busy processing orders that were placed over the Christmas holidays. If you did place an order over the break then you should shortly be receiving an email confirming that we have processed your order and it is either being manufactured (made to order A4 sheets of labels) or will be despatched this afternoon as follows:

Name Labels: will be made & despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service.
A4 Sheets Of Labels: will be despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service (25-200 sheets; if you selected the next day delivery option when you ordered, your order will be despatched via Royal Mail's Special Delivery Guaranteed service) or our next working day carrier service (250+ sheets).

All new orders will be processed according to our usual despatch and delivery estimates: 

Name Labels: 
Production will continue to run every day at 3pm (Monday to Friday) and you can order from our website at any time, pop an order in the post, or give us a call to order by phone (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
All orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard, although you can call us to upgrade to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery option (UK delivery only, £5.75 shipping) if you need to make sure that your labels arrive before an upcoming deadline.
We also ship to a limited number of non-UK countries; these orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s International Standard service (shipping cost: £1.50 per pack) and should be delivered in 3-5 working days (Western Europe) or 5-7 working days (Rest of the World).

A4 Sheets Of Labels:
STOCKED ITEMS:
Small Orders (25-200 sheets):
Despatch: same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (up to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
This is not a guaranteed next day service; if you need to receive your order quickly, you can upgrade to Royal Mail’s guaranteed next day delivery option online or by phone – this service will mean your order will arrive by 1pm on the next working day and will require a signature upon delivery. We also offer pre-9am and Saturday delivery options but you must request these by phone. 

Medium Orders (250-475 sheets):
Despatch: same day via next working day carrier service (up to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday) – a signature upon delivery is required.

Large Orders (500+ sheets):
Despatch: same day via next working day carrier service (up to 3pm, Monday to Friday, subject to stock availability) – a signature upon delivery is required. If an item is temporarily out of stock, it will usually take a couple of working days for your labels to be made and despatched.
Please note: some of our coloured labels have a minimum order quantity of 100 sheets, which means that they are kept in stock at our warehouse and are despatched via next working day carrier service – while we do our best to ensure that these items remain in stock, there may be times when an item goes temporarily out of stock and despatch will be delayed a few days while the items are made.

NON-STOCKED/MADE TO ORDER ITEMS (500+ SHEETS):
Despatch: next working day carrier service (once items have been manufactured)
These items are manufactured on a rotating schedule, which means the lead time is UP TO five working days for despatch (although standard paper products are usually despatched more quickly than this). 

Please note: if you are ordering 250+ sheets and need your labels in a hurry, you can call us to request a timed delivery service via carrier (such as a pre-10:30am or a pre-noon delivery slot). Orders of 250+ sheets for Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and UK “Extended Postcode” areas will be sent on a 2-3 working day carrier service. 

If you want to order from the Republic of Ireland, you do need to order by phone so that we can quote for and arrange the best possible shipping option for the exact items and quantities that you need to order.

Our office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; to qualify for same day despatch, you must order by 3pm (250+ sheets) or 4:30pm (less than 250 sheets) – and please note that we do NOT offer same day delivery.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering labels or name labels from Label Planet – whether you’ve already ordered over the winter break or you’d like to place an order now – please get in touch with our Customer Service Team for assistance.

Alternatively, simply visit our websites to place an order online today:
Label Planet - A4 sheets of labels for use with laser printers and inkjet printer.
Stikins ® & Trons ® - name labels for labelling clothing, school uniform and equipment, and personal items.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Label Planet & Stikins ® & Trons ®: A Very Merry Christmas from Label Planet!




Merry Christmas from all of us at Label Planet!

On this Eve of Christmas Eve, we would like to take a moment to say a big thank you to all of our wonderful customers who have ordered labels and name labels from us in 2016. We’ve had a wonderful year and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last twelve months. Hopefully 2017 will be just as good, if not even better!

Whatever plans you’ve got for the rest of the year, we wish you and your family all the very best for this Christmastime and we hope you have a fabulously festive time celebrating in style!

See you in 2017!