Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Label Planet: FAQs – What’s The Difference Between “LASER LABELS” & “INKJET LABELS”

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You may have noticed that our label products are categorised with one of THREE printer compatibility types; laser labels, inkjet labels, or laser and inkjet labels.

All this means is that the labels have been made using materials that are either well-suited to the laser printing process, the inkjet printing process, or that are suitable for use with either printing process.

So why do different printing methods need labels made of different materials?
Laser printers and inkjet printers work in two very different ways, which means that – to get the best possible print results – you need to print onto materials that suit the particular printing method in use.

LASER PRINTERS bond toner (a dry powder) onto a surface using heat and pressure; this means that laser labels are made with materials that have a consistently smooth surface and that are heat resistant (paper laser labels, for example, often have a higher moisture content to ensure they survive the heat used during laser printing).

INKJET PRINTERS disperse inks (usually water-based) onto a surface where they dry and form the final printed image; this means that inkjet labels are made with materials that are slightly porous – allowing them to absorb some of the ink, which means that the ink dries in place much more efficiently and accurately.

At Label Planet, our label products are made with materials that naturally possess properties that make them well-suited to a particular printing method or that have been treated in a particular way (for example, having a special coating or finish applied) to make them better suited to a particular printing method.

So what label products do you supply for laser printers and for inkjet printers (and for both)?
Matt White Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersFreezer Paper LabelsLaser Printers
Wash Off Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersGloss White Paper LabelsLaser Printers
Removable Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersSemi-Gloss Paper LabelsLaser Printers
Super Removable Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersGloss Transparent LabelsLaser Printers
High Tack Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersRemovable Gloss Transparent LabelsLaser Printers
Super Tack Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersMatt Transparent LabelsLaser Printers
Gloss Photo Quality Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersGloss White Waterproof LabelsLaser Printers
Premium Quality Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersMatt White Waterproof LabelsLaser Printers
Opaque Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersRemovable Matt White Waterproof LabelsLaser Printers
Matt White Polyethylene LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersSilver Metallic Waterproof LabelsLaser Printers
Coloured Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersMatt White Polyolefin LabelsLaser Printers
Removable Coloured Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersSilver Void LabelsLaser Printers
Kraft Paper LabelsLaser & Inkjet PrintersTamper Evident Vinyl LabelsLaser Printers
  Fluorescent Paper LabelsLaser Printers
Gloss Clear LabelsInkjet PrintersGold & Silver Paper LabelsLaser Printers

And what happens if I use the wrong labels with the wrong printer?
At best, you’ll end up with a batch of very poor quality printed labels – at worse, you could end up damaging your printer. Whether you print laser labels with an inkjet printer or print inkjet labels with a laser printer, the print you apply to your labels won’t be able to fix or set in place properly, which will result in your print flaking away or smudging and smearing. You may also damage the labels themselves, which could result in those labels (and your toner/inks) doing damage to the internal components of your printer.

This is why you should ALWAYS make sure that your labels are compatible with your printer BEFORE you start printing. To help you out, all of our label products will have their printer compatibility type listed on the range page, product page, and packaging for that particular item.

For more hints and tips you can take a look at our HELP section or have a browse through our FAQ blog posts.

Friday, 17 February 2017

To Celebrate RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Week, Here Is Our Random List Of Names Meaning “Kindness”!

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This year, February 12th to 18th is “Random Acts Of Kindness” week, during which everyone is encouraged to perform random acts of kindness to help make the world a kinder place.

These random acts can be anything, big or small, from simply paying a compliment to the people you meet, buying coffee for a random stranger, leaving positive notes for others to find, or making a donation to charity.

To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of names from around the world that mean “kindness”:

Ademar: one of the meanings used for the name “Ademar” is “famous for his kindness”; this name is Germanic in origin, although there are a number of variations (including Adhemar, Adimar, Ademaro) and the name is popular in both French and Spanish speaking countries.

Benen: the name of an ancient Irish saint who was a favourite disciple of the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick, Benen is derived from the Latin name “Benignus”, which means “kind, friendly”.

Caron: a Welsh name derived from “caru” (to love), meaning “loving, kind”.

Chares/Charis: an Ancient Greek name derived from the Greek word “charis” meaning “grace, kindness”; this name has inspired a number of variations including Chariton, Haris, Khariton, Caris, Caris, Charisma, Carissa, Charissa, and Karissa.

Charity: based on “Caritas”, the Latin word for one of the three Christian theological virtues (alongside Fides/Faith and Spec/Hope), this name has a number of meanings including “benevolence” and “generous love”. Charity is sometimes shortened to “Cherry”.

Ebele: originating from Africa, this name means “mercy, kindness” in Igbo.

Ellis: there are a number of origins for the name “Ellis” but one of them is the Welsh name “Elisedd”, which is derived from “elus”, meaning “kind, benevolent, charitable”.

We wish you well with any random acts of kindness that you have planned and, remember, if you need any assistance with your name labels, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be more than happy to help out!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Label Planet: New Smart Bags From Label Planet! (No, They’re Not Wifi-Connected – But They Do Look Pretty Good)

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We’ve started a brand new project to help make our packaging as smart as it can possibly be – in as many ways as possible. While our new “smart” bags can’t tell you where your nearest coffee shop is, send a funny message to all of your friends (and quite possibly the rest of the world), or show you pictures of a really cute doggo (like our very own Harvey Dog here) – they can now give you a helping hand when it comes to designing, printing, and re-ordering your labels.

We’ve added some basic tips to our bags to give you a head start in designing and printing your own labels, as well as providing you with all you need to know about your labels and how to re-order those labels in the future.


Take a look at the BACK of your label pack(s) to find:
  • Tips For DESIGNING Labels
    Including information on how to find and download a template for your labels and directions to our Help Section, where you can find step by step guides, tops tips, and a handy troubleshooting guide.
  • Tips For PRINTING Labels
    Including advice on how to set up your printer and your template to make sure you get the best possible alignment when you print your template onto your labels.
  • Tips For STORING Labels
    So you can keep your labels safely stored away so they’re in perfect condition when you next need to print more labels.
  • Tips For GETTING IN TOUCH
    Including all of the ways you can get in touch with us whether you want to order more labels or you need some help and advice for the labels you have already bought.
Take a look at the FRONT of your label pack(s) to find out more about your labels, including:
  • The Product Code
  • The Number Of Sheets/Labels Per Pack
  • The Materials Used To Make Your Labels
  • The Measurements Of Your Label Sheets
  • The Compatible Avery Template Code (where applicable)
  • The Easiest Ways To Re-Order Your Labels
  • The Information You Need To GET IN TOUCH!
So, if you haven’t got time to look up the information you need or you’re getting a bit in a muddle, you can simply take a look at the bag(s) your labels came in for some quickfire help and advice.

Of course, if your bag doesn’t have the answer(s) that you really need, remember you can always visit our website (www.labelplanet.co.uk) or get in touch with our Customer Service Team (by phone or by email) for some one-to-one advice.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Name Label FAQs – Packs, Prices, & Payment Methods

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With a new year underway, we thought we’d put together a quick and simple list of all of the answers to our most frequently asked questions about our packs, prices, and payment methods.

What pack sizes are available?
We currently offer four different packs, with four or two pack sizes available for each as follows:
Stikins ® name labelsSilver name labelsTrons ® name transfersCombination packs
N120: 120 StikinsSN120: 120 labelsT140: 140 TronsM240: 120 Stikins + 120 silver labels
N90: 90 StikinsSN90: 90 labelsT105: 105 Trons
N60: 60 StikinsSN60: 60 labelsT70: 70 TronsM120: 60 Stikins + 60 silver labels
N30: 30 StikinsSN30: 30 labelsT35: 35 Trons

What do I get in a pack of labels?
Our Stikins ® and silver labels are sent out in packs made up of sheets with 30 name labels per sheet (six rows of five labels); each pack is placed into its own plastic wallet, which has a copy of our Instructions For Use printed on the back. Our Trons ® name transfers are sent out in packs made up of sheets with 35 transfers per sheet (seven rows of five transfers); each pack is placed into its own plastic wallet, which also contains an Instructions For Use sheet and two sheets of silicon (to be used when applying your Trons ®) for each sheet in your pack.

Can I split a pack between different names?
No; every label within a pack must be printed with the same information. You can, however, request text that will allow you to share labels amongst two or more people. For example:
  • Request a surname only to share labels between family members (or an initial and a surname if possible)
  • Request two names (one on each line) and cut your labels in half
  • Request two names as “Name 1 & Name 2” or “Name 1 Or Name 2” and share
  • Request blank labels or a blank line so you can write in the name you need (with a laundry pen)
    Use the spacebar on your keyboard to enter a single blank space in the line(s) that you want leaving blank.
How much does a pack of labels cost?
Our prices for 2017 are as follows:
N120, SN120, T140: £13.50N60, SN60, T70: £9.00M240: £20.00
N90, SN90, T105: £11.50N30, SN30, T35: £6.50M120: £11.50
Please note that we have increased prices this year; we feel that this is a fair price for our current products as we have invested in making sure that our name labels are made with the best and most advanced materials (to ensure they work as effectively as possible for our customers) and we do not increase our prices every year just for the sake of it. Our last price increase was in October 2013 (40 months ago). 

 What is included in your prices?
All of our prices include both VAT and standard UK shipping.

Do I have to pay for shipping?
Our prices included standard UK shipping so you won’t have to pay any extra for shipping UNLESS:
  • You choose to upgrade to our guaranteed next (working) day delivery service for £5.75.
  • You choose to have your labels delivered to a non-UK address; shipping is charged at £1.50 per pack and we currently offer delivery to the following countries:
    Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Channel Islands, Corsica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
Do you offer any discounts?
At the moment, we are currently running a special offer of a 10% discount on ANY order for FOUR or more packs. If you add four (or more) packs to your basket, a 10% discount will automatically be applied to your order when you checkout.
From time to time, we may offer other discounts as part of limited time only offers; we will advertise these offers on our website, blog, social media pages, and via email to customers who have opted to receive such emails from us. 

We also offer a 15% discount to nursing homes and residential care home facilities who wish to order name labels in bulk on behalf of their residents – please contact our Customer Service Team for more information.

What is the most cost effective pack to order?
Our larger packs (N120, SN120, T140, M240) are the most cost effective options as they have a lower price per label than our smaller packs AND you don’t have to use all of your labels at once – so you can use some and then store the rest away for future use.
You must store your name labels in a suitable place to ensure that they retain their original quality; we recommend keeping them in their original packing and putting them somewhere dry, out of direct sunlight, and preferably at room temperature. 

We also recommend choosing our Stikins ® name labels; these multipurpose name labels can be used to label clothing and fabric items AND personal items, which means you only need to buy the one pack to be able to label all of your items.

How do I (order and) pay for my name labels?
We offer a variety of payment methods, depending on the way you choose to place your order:
Ordering online: order at any time and pay by credit/debit card or via PayPal
Ordering by phone: order Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) and pay by credit/debit card
Ordering by post: order at any time and pay by cheque

If you have any other questions, please feel free to take a look through our Frequently Asked Questions page and other information pages, or get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you need to discuss your particular requirements or need assistance placing an order.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Stikins ® & Trons ®: Label Planet’s List Of Popular Names (2016 Edition)

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Well, the first month of 2017 is already over and we’ve had a great start to the year! To celebrate, we thought we’d have a bit of fun and take a look at our orders from 2016 to see what the most popular names were (for our customers at least).

We’ve trawled through all of the orders we received in 2016 to compile our very own (entirely unofficial and entirely unscientific) Top 20 Lists of names for girls and boys!

Top 20 Names For GirlsTop 20 Names For Boys
EmilyHarry
SophieOliver
JessicaJack
OliviaJames
GraceGeorge
EvieThomas
LilyWilliam
EllaJoshua
CharlotteDaniel
AmeliaMax
LucyBen
ChloeSamuel
RubyJacob
HannahEthan
IslaJoseph
FreyaAlfie
IsabelleMatthew
DaisyHenry
PoppyOscar
HollyJake

We also had a number of unisex names (the top three being Charlie, Sam, and Alex) and a whole raft of completely unique names inspired by flowers and plants, jewels and colours, places and animals, and all kinds of ideas inbetween!

Remember, when you order name labels from Label Planet, it’s completely up to you what you choose to add to your labels – so you can personalise them with whatever text you like. Whether you prefer to use a full name, short name, or even a fun nickname, simply type in the text that you want and we’ll get your name labels sorted – just remember to double check your spelling before you confirm your order to make sure your labels are personalised perfectly!

Label Planet: New Products - Yes, We’ve Got Another THREE New Label Products For You To Choose From!

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We’ve decided to kick-start the year with the introduction of three brand new products, which are all now available for our customers to buy or try (a sample).

Each one of our new products has been designed for a particular kind of application, which means that they’ll be the perfect label for the job – whether you need bottle labels and jar labels, super sticky adhesive labels, or waterproof labels that will survive in all kinds of outdoor (and indoor) conditions.

WATER WASH OFF LABELS – for when you wish your labels would just wash off.
These wonderful labels are made with a wash-off adhesive, which means that they provide a unique combination of a permanent label that can also be removed cleanly and easily – without doing any damage to your labelled items. They are perfect bottle labels and jar labels, although they can be used to label any kind of reusable container, where they can be used to clearly and securely label a container before washing away so that the container can be relabelled and reused.

Available in 8 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 36 made to order sizes, these paper labels can be handwritten or printed with an inkjet or laser printer.

SUPER TACK LABELS –for when you wish your labels would get a grip.
You may have noticed that we already have a “High Tack” product range; our Super Tack labels take things a step further and feature our strongest permanent adhesive to date. These labels have a supremely strong initial tack and long term adhesion to match, which allows them to create a super strong bond upon immediate contact with an item or surface and to maintain that bond over time – even when the item is made of an unusual material or the surface is curved or rough.

Available in 11 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 33 made to order sizes, these paper labels can be handwritten or printed with an inkjet or laser printer.

POLYOLEFIN LABELS – for when you need a label for the great outdoors.
The latest addition to our range of waterproof labels, these polyolefin labels are made with a matt white polyolefin and a marine standard adhesive, which makes them perfect for any outdoor (or indoor) application that requires a tough, long-lasting label that can survive in all kinds of conditions. The polyolefin is soft and pliable, which means that they are ideal for curved or flat surfaces and the waterproof materials allow these labels to survive even if they are exposed to (or submerged in) water.

Available in 16 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 28 made to order sizes, these plastic labels can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

To view ALL of the label product ranges available from Label Planet, simply visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Label Planet: The Language Of Labels – A Quickfire Guide To Our Label Categories

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At Label Planet, we often group our labels into categories based on specific qualities and many of our product ranges take their names from the qualities that those labels possess. If you’re new to the world of labels, however, it can be a bit confusing if you aren’t sure what some (or all) of these terms mean – or at least what they mean in the specific world of labels and labelling. This short guide should help to make it clear what we mean when we use the following terms to describe our labels:

Permanent:
We use the word permanent to refer to labels that are made with a permanent adhesive; permanent adhesives are designed to create a strong bond between a label and an object that is difficult to break. It does NOT mean that these labels are impossible to remove; if someone is determined enough to remove a permanent label they will be able to do so (albeit with a serious amount of intent and effort and the likely result that both the label itself and the labelled item will be damaged in the process).

High Tack:
This refers to labels that are made with extremely strong, permanent adhesives; “tack” refers to the property of materials that allows them to adhere to a surface immediately upon contact – in other words, it describes how “sticky” a material is in a fluid or semi-fluid state. High tack labels, therefore, are highly sticky labels!

Removable:
We use the term removable to refer to labels that are made with a removable adhesive; removable adhesives are designed to create a bond between a label and an object so that the label can be removed cleanly and easily (without doing any damage or leaving behind any adhesive residue) when it is no longer needed. For this reason, removable labels may also be called “Temporary Labels”. 

Finish:
This term refers to the qualities and properties of a material’s surface, including its appearance and texture. We supply three types of finish:
  • Gloss: gloss surfaces are generally very smooth and are highly efficient at reflecting light, which produces a decorative bright and shiny appearance.
  • Matt: matt surfaces are very poor at reflecting light, which creates a dull and non-shiny appearance.
  • Semi-Gloss: as a compromise between gloss and matt, semi-gloss surfaces do reflect light (but less efficiently than full gloss surfaces), which creates a more subtle shine.
Opaque:
Opaque materials do not transmit light; light cannot travel through these materials, which means that opaque materials cannot be seen through. Opaque materials are used to create “Blockout” labels that will prevent any existing print or design work from showing through a label, even if it is applied to a highly decorative surface. They are ideal for covering up existing print, recycling packaging, covering up errors, or simply to create a completely blank background onto which a new design or print can be added.

Transparent:
Transparent materials are extremely efficient at transmitting light; light travels through these materials, which means that you can see through transparent materials. Our transparent labels are not 100% transparent because they use an adhesive, which means that they may trap small air bubbles or particles of dust during application. Please note that we also use the term “clear” to refer to transparent materials.
If a material only transmits some light, then it will not be completely transparent – these labels are usually known as Transluscent or Frosted labels. 

Waterproof:
Waterproof materials can survive exposure to or immersion in water – which means our waterproof labels are the best option to choose if you need labels for an application that may involve water, for example outdoor labels or labels for use on items that will be stored and used in kitchens or bathrooms.

Splashproof:
This is a term that we use to describe our GW (gloss laser labels) and SG (semi-gloss laser labels); both of these products are paper labels, which means that they are not waterproof BUT the coatings applied to these labels to give them their gloss and semi-gloss finishes do provide limited protection if the labels are lightly splashed with water or get slightly dirty (hence splashproof). These labels provide a compromise between using standard paper labels (with no protection against water damage) and our synthetic labels (which are completely waterproof) – especially if you need to work within a limited budget.

Compatible:
Essentially, when we describe one of our labels as being “compatible” with a label product from a different company, we mean that the label size and layout (but not the materials used to make the labels) are the same for our labels as they are for the other product. For example, many of our label products are described as “Avery Compatible” and we provide “Compatible Avery Template Codes” for customers to use when printing their labels. All this means is that the label size and layout of our labels is the same as those of Avery labels and you can therefore use the same template to print both our labels and Avery labels.

Special Use:
Also known as “Media Labels”, these labels are a group of products that were each originally created to suit a specific purpose but can also be used for a wider range of label applications. They tend to be sizes that were designed for use on storage devices and folders, such as CDs and DVDs, box files and lever arch files, or videos and data cartridges.

Plastic:
Plastic is a general term that can be used to describe any synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers. We have three plastic materials; polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl (our Tamper Evident Vinyl). When we use the term “Plastic labels”, we are referring to our polyester and polyethylene (and vinyl) labels.

Tamper Evident:
A type of security label; security labels are labels with special features that are designed to improve the security of the items they are used to label. Tamper evident labels have features that allow them to provide visual evidence that someone has tampered with an item. We have TWO tamper evident labels; our Silver Void Labels leave the message “VOID” behind when they are removed from an item, while our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels will disintegrate into tiny pieces if someone attempts to remove them.

You can find even more label terms (along with their definitions) in our online Glossary. If you have any questions or queries about what a particular term means or if you need any assistance choosing the right label for your specific label application, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or email to find out more.