Archive for April, 2015

Schools: Free Samples Of Stikins ® Name Labels For All Pupils

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Yes, we’ve had such a great response to our free sample offer over the last couple of years that we’re delighted to announce this offer is available once again.

We will print FIVE free Stikins ® samples for every pupil in your school; each sample is individually packed along with a parent leaflet, which gives parents information about what our products are and how to order.

Requesting a free sample boosts the number of parents who go on to purchase name labels, which will earn more commission for your school. Most parents are much more likely to go on to purchase something when they have received a sample that they can test for themselves.

Get in Touch and let us know:

  • The type of sample you prefer; we offer three types of samples:
  1. Samples printed with the school name only
  2. Samples printed with class/form names
    [Please let us know the class/form names and how many of each you need.]
  3. Samples printed with individual pupils’ names
    [To request personalised samples, simply email us an Excel spreadsheet with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column. This file will only be used for the purposes of printing your free samples and will be deleted entirely from our system as soon as your samples have been printed.]
  • If you wish to have the samples delivered to the school directly or if you would like them sending to a nominated address.

We will then get your samples printed, packed, and despatched as early as we can.

If you are requesting free samples for new intake packs and need to have the samples ready by a certain date, please notify us of this when you request your samples.

Please note: our free Stikins ® samples are available to request between April – June 2014.

[Please note that for schools who have already taken up our offer and had free samples for the ENTIRE school, we will offer free samples for new intake pupils only.]

Brand New Parent Leaflets for 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Yes, we’ve revised our parent leaflets to bring them bang up to date AND we’ve given them a brand new look.

As usual, the front of the leaflet features general information about our name labels AND our commission scheme for schools, while the back provides parents with all the information they need to order, including an Order Form for those who wish to place an order by post.

These leaflets are sent out with EVERY order of name labels AND we supply them to schools free of charge to promote our Fundraising Scheme to help schools raise money for ongoing projects.

PARENTS: if you need an extra copy you can download the leaflet from our website.

SCHOOLS: to request your free leaflets, simply fill in our Leaflet Request form to let us know how many you need and where you need them sending.

Why Are Name Labels So Important In Schools?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The main problem with schools is that they involve taking a lot of children with (pretty much) exactly the same clothing and possessions, and putting them into a number of shared spaces that they move between regularly and (usually) at high speed.

If you think about the traditional primary school class of thirty children you’ve got:

  • 30 jumpers, shirts, trousers/skirts, shoes, and socks
  • 30 sets of P.E. kits including shorts/skirts/trousers, t-shirts, trainers, and pumps
  • 30 sets of stationery, and textbooks and exercise books for each subject
  • 30 different sets of coats, gloves, scarves, bags, lunchboxes, and water bottles

And all of these items need to be moved between classrooms, changing rooms, halls, toilets, playgrounds, and (of course) back and forth from home.

It only gets worse when you move into secondary schools, which often add in whole swathes of official school uniform, P.E. kits and equipment, and all of the specialist equipment and textbooks required for each subject. These items are often hauled to a different classroom for each subject and often get abandoned during breaks and lunch.

As required uniform and equipment lists grow, the expenditure required each year (and sometimes each term) to get all of these items grows too. In times when families need to be careful with their finances, it can be difficult to afford these items just the once – let alone having to pay again to replace items that are lost.

Name labels are a quick and easy way to protect against having to pay to replace school uniform and equipment; adding a name means that your child has a better chance of picking up their own belongings during the school day and means that, should the worst happen and something should go missing, it is easy for items to be returned to their rightful owner.

Schools do their best to provide help to parents and pupils by offering Lost Property collections and opportunities for retrievals BUT, without a name label to prove beyond a doubt that an item definitely belongs to your child, identical items such as clothing and equipment often remain unclaimed because there is no way to know for sure whom something belongs to.

Our Stikins ® name labels simply stick on and stay on, and this multipurpose label can be applied onto the wash-care label of any item of clothing AND onto personal items, such as lunch boxes and water bottles, books and pencil cases, calculators and mathematical sets, bags and P.E. kits, and phones and toys.

Our Trons ® name transfers bond and fuse into fabric items to create a completely permanent name label; the material works in the same way as transfers used to apply designs to T-shirts, which makes them ideal for labelling all kinds of fabric items taken to school.

Fight Back Against Lost Property With Stikins ® Name Labels

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Lost property has always been a fact of school life, with schools coming up with all sorts of ideas and policies to try to reduce the build-up of school uniform and equipment that often fails to find its way back home.

The problem of lost property has all sorts of consequences:

SPACE: all of that lost property has to go somewhere and many schools struggle to find space for the equipment they ACTUALLY need, let alone bits and pieces that pupils and students have lost or left behind.

TIME: members of staff have to spend time collecting lost property, communicating with families about the issue of lost property, and holding events at which parents and students can attempt to locate items that they have lost.

MONEY: along with the time lost when members of staff have to deal with lost property (and enquiries about lost property), schools will often have to waste money and resources creating letters, emails, text messages, or other means of communication to alert parents and pupils to the issue of lost property.

EMOTIONAL UPSET: needless to say, losing property can be an upsetting experience – particularly if a child has brought in possessions with particular emotional significance.

All of these consequences are avoidable – and all with the use of a simple name label.

Lost property is a problem that is much easier to solve in a school environment, where Lost Property collections are commonplace, lost items are easier to find and hand in, and there is a means of communicating with those who may have lost items. Adding a name label with even a minimal amount of information (a name) means items can be reunited with their owners – who are already known to the school office.

Name labels are simple and easy to apply; parents don’t have to spend hours meticulously sewing or ironing in name labels anymore. Stikins ® are a versatile multipurpose stick on name label that takes seconds to apply and can be used to label school uniform AND all kinds of personal items, including books, stationery, water bottles, and lunch boxes – which means these name labels can help prevent ALL items from going missing, not just school uniform.

Tips for schools:

  • Use Lost Property events and reminders to inform parents about name labels.
  • Some schools include name labels as a required part of their school uniform but, if you don’t wish to do this, consider recommending name label products (or at least a laundry pen).
  • Request free parent leaflets from Label Planet; these explain a little more about our products to parents and inform them of how to order and you don’t need to do anything other than make sure the leaflets get handed out or are available for parents and children to take home – plus, as a member of our commission scheme, you can earn commission on every order placed by parents that can be used to help fund ongoing school projects.

Presenting Stikins ®: The All-Singing, All-Dancing, Multipurpose Name Label

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Our first name label product (now affectionately known as “Original Stikins ®”) was sold in packs containing various shapes and sizes to suit a range of purposes. Now that we have discontinued these labels and replaced them with our “New Stikins ®”, or simply “Stikins ®”, people often ask why they should make the switch.

The simple answer is that Stikins ® can do so much more!

Our current Stikins ® are one size and shape BUT the advanced materials used to make our name labels mean that they are capable of performing ALL of the functions of our differently shaped Original Stikins ® – and probably a few more besides!

Stikins ® name labels are a completely versatile, multipurpose label; their usefulness is limited only by the number of different things you can think of to label.

While name labels are primarily thought of as a way to label clothing (and particularly school uniform), our Stikins ® name labels are the perfect way to label ANY item of clothing that has a wash-care label AND any personal items that you want to keep safe.

These days, going to school means hauling around a lot more than a few bits and pieces that are inexpensive and easy to replace; with ever expanding lists of required school uniform and equipment (not to mention all of the personal items that children often take with them), it is becoming ever more important to find a name labelling solution that can do far more than just label school uniform.

It used to be that a simple sew-in name label was all that was needed – and there were only so many items to label. Nowadays, with such a variety of school uniform and equipment being a mandatory part of school life, there is a need for name labels to be more versatile than ever, in order to label such a variety of items.

Stikins ® name labels can be used in almost any environment; they’re not just for children at school anymore!

We supply name labels to a variety of customers for a whole host of uses including:

  • To help keep safe the belongings of people who are moving into nursing and residential care facilities, where items may get mixed up or lost in shared laundry facilities and communal spaces.
  • To keep track of uniform and equipment in the workplace, where employees are required to wear identical uniform or use identical equipment, which are likely to be stored in communal spaces.
  • To add product labels to clothing sold in store or online.
  • To activity clubs who need to keep track of equipment that is loaned out to members or visitors.
  • To groups and organisations who need to keep track of uniform and equipment both in their headquarters and on trips and expeditions, whether for child and youth groups (such as Brownies, Guides, Cubs, and Scouts) or for adult groups and professional organisations (such as military units, volunteer groups, and charity organisations).

And We’re Back Again! (Post-Easter Update)

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Yes, we’ve returned from our extended Easter break – and hopefully you’ve had as lovely an Easter as we have.

We’re working away to get up to date so if you’ve placed an order or sent us an email over the extended Easter break (Friday 3rd April – Sunday 12th April) – please don’t worry that you haven’t had a response yet!

All orders placed over the Easter break will be made and despatched today (via Royal Mail’s first class service), while we will endeavour to respond to all emails and messages sent during the holidays.

If you have any urgent concerns or queries, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Easter 2015: Extended Easter Holiday

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A Happy Easter to all of our STIKINS ® and TRONS ® name label customers!

We will be closed for an extended Easter break from 5pm today and will re-open on Monday 13th April.

All orders placed online during this period will be processed upon our return.