Archive for March, 2016

A Happy Easter From Label Planet!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Yes, Easter is here early this year and we hope you have a most egg-cellent time over the Easter break, whether you’re hopping off like the Easter Bunny for a short break away, taking on the challenge of an Easter Egg Hunt, or simply having some fun spending time with friends and family.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for an extended Easter break from 5pm today and will re-open on Monday 4th April.

All orders placed during this period will be processed upon our return; if you have any queries or concerns, please send us an email and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can when we return.

Get Ready For The Summer Term & Top Up Your Name Label Stash With An Easter Order

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

With the Spring term nearly at an end, the Easter break is a perfect time to take stock of all the school uniform and equipment scattered around to see if anything has gone missing, has been outgrown and needs replacing, or simply hasn’t yet been labelled.

If you find that you’re in need of some new labels, or you’re running low, Easter is a perfect time to place an order and get yourself fully stocked up for the remainder of the school year.

Of course, you might also be a super organised individual who uses the Easter break to get organised for the summer holidays and beyond – especially if you know that you’re going to be buying a brand new school uniform for a move to a new school (or just replacing a lot of items that have either been lost or outgrown in recent months).

Remember, whether you’re looking for a few extra name labels to see you through the remainder of the school year or you want to replenish your name label stash, you can always use a few labels out of a new pack and then store the rest away safely for future use. We recommend keeping your labels in their original packaging and putting them somewhere dry and out of direct sunlight, preferably at room temperature, to make sure they retain their original quality and efficiency.

To get started with an order, simply visit our Buy Stikins ® page for stick on name labels or our Buy Trons ® page for iron-on name transfers.

FAQ – What Do Stikins ® & Trons ® Look Like?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

If you’ve been searching the internet for the ideal name label, you’ll know that there are plenty of different products on offer in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colours.

Here at Label Planet, we’ve kept things simple to make sure our name labels are as efficient as possible.

Stikins ® name labels: these name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and are white in colour with a gloss finish. Stikins ® are printed in a bold black font to make sure your information stands out clearly and legibly when it’s needed.

Silver name labels: these name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and are silver in colour with a gloss finish. Our silver name labels are also printed in a bold black font to make sure your information stands out against the background.

Trons ® name transfers: these name labels measure 35mm wide by 15mm high and are white in colour with a matt (non-shiny) finish. Again, we have selected a bold black font to allow your information to stand out against the white background.

You can find more detailed information about our name label products by clicking on the purple “Stikins ® Information” and “Trons ® Information” buttons on the left hand side of our website, visit our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions, or select “Buy Stikins ®” or “Buy Trons ®” to start an order.

FAQ – How Do I Order Name Labels From Label Planet?

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

We like to keep things simple so we try to make sure our customers can easily order their name labels in a way that is convenient for them. We accept orders online, by phone, and by post (and for bulk orders from organisations such as schools and nursing or residential care homes we also accept orders by email or fax).

How To Order Online
The majority of our customers order their name labels online from our website, where you can place an order at any time, day or night! Simply select the product(s) you want to purchase, enter the text you want printing, and choose the pack size you prefer. You can pay with a credit or debit card or use your PayPal account.

We highly recommend taking a look at our site even if you know that you’re going to order by phone or by post; our site features a number of useful resources including FAQs, more detailed information about what our products are like and how they work, the latest pricing and delivery information, a blog of useful tips for getting the very best out of your name labels, and downloads of our Instructions For Use and Order Form (in case you need a spare!).

How To Order By Phone
Our Customer Service team is available to take orders by phone between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Simply give us a call to let us know what you’d like to order and we’ll get your order processed for you. You can pay by credit or debit card; if you’ve ordered from us before keep your previous order number to hand for a quick and easy re-order (with or without amends!).

Please note that we are unable to accept American Express cards.
If you want to order online (or by post), remember you can always give us a call first if you’ve got any questions (big or small) about our products or about placing an order.

How To Order By Post
If you’d rather order by post you can simply fill in one of our Order Forms or list the details of what you’d like to order in a letter and post this to us along with a cheque for payment.

Please note that these orders will usually take longer because we have to wait for your order to be delivered to us. If you have any questions or want to double check the details/prices for our products, please give us a call or visit our website for the most up to date information.

How To Order By Email/Fax (Schools/Nursing Homes Only)
Schools and nursing homes are welcome to order from us directly – whether they need to purchase labels on behalf of their students or residents OR they want to purchase name labels for their own use (e.g. to label up equipment that belongs to the school or nursing home).

Schools: send the details of the labels you want to order by email or by fax. For bulk orders, please email the names to us in a spreadsheet with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column.
You may request either a Proforma Invoice (for payment with order) or a School Invoice (30 days payment); payment can be made by credit or debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque.

Nursing/Residential Care Homes: send the details of the labels you want to order by email or by fax. For bulk orders, please email the names (and room numbers, if you wish to include these) to us in a spreadsheet with the first names (or full names) in the first column and the surnames (or room numbers) in the second column.
We will send you a Proforma Invoice against which payment can be made by credit or debit card, BACS transfer, or cheque. Please note that we are also happy to offer nursing or residential care homes a discount when they order from us directly; please get in touch with us for more information.

Visit our “Contact Us” page for information about all the different ways you can contact us or get started with an online order now by selecting either “Buy Stikins ®” (to start your order with a pack of Stikins ®) or “Buy Trons ®” (to start your order with a pack of Trons ®).

FAQ – How Do I Order A Pack To Share Between My Family?

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

For households who are keeping a close eye on their budget, buying a pack of name labels to share between two or more children (or, indeed, all members of your family) is a brilliant way to get the name labels you need without paying more for individual packs.

While our system won’t allow you to split a pack between two or more individual names (in other words, all of the labels within a pack have to be printed with the same text), we are more than happy for customers to get creative with their orders and request packs that can be shared. In fact, we’ve even got a few suggestions to get you started:

REQUEST A FAMILY NAME:
Using a surname only means you can share a pack of labels between family members and lost items can be returned to to the right family (albeit not necessarily with the right child!).

We don’t recommend this option if you know that your child shares their surname with other students in their class. If you choose to request a surname only, you might want to include an extra detail to make the most of your labels; for example, we have a number of customers who like to request “Family Surname” or “Surname” on the top line and a contact phone number on the bottom line.

REQUEST BLANK SPACES OR LABELS THAT YOU CAN FILL IN LATER:
If you want to be able to personalise ALL of the name labels in your pack, you can always request a set of blank labels or leave blank spaces that you can fill in later – please note, you will need to make sure you have a laundry pen to ensure that whatever you write onto your labels will stay in place even after you’ve put your labelled items through the washing machine.

To request blank labels, simply use the space bar to enter a blank space in the “Line 1” and “Line 2” fields. You can also use the space bar to request that one of the lines remain blank (for example, enter a surname on the bottom line and leave the top line blank so you can write in a first name for each label).

If you’re trying to request blank spaces at the start or end of a line, please make a note of this in the “Additional Information” box as you checkout; if you enter text with spaces at the start or end of a line, our system may automatically interpret these spaces as “non-characters” and won’t add the blank spaces that you need.

REQUEST LABELS THAT YOU CAN CUT INTO INDIVIDUAL LABELS:
There are two ways to produce individual labels for two people:

  • Enter one full name on the top line and one full name on the bottom line and cut the labels in half.
    You can also enter both first names on the top line and enter the surname twice on the bottom line, but this can produce labels that are unevenly spaced.
  • Select the “Name On One Line” option and enter one first name followed by the surname followed by a second first name; you can then cut off one of the first names to create individual name labels.
    If your surname and/or first names are particularly long, consider using initials to prevent your font becoming too small.

REQUEST LABELS FOR “Name 1 & Name 2”:
Simply enter the surname on the bottom line and then the first names on the top line; common requests include “Name 1 and Name 2”, “Name 1 or Name 2”, and “Name 1 & Name 2”.

REQUEST AN INITIAL & A SURNAME:
This one only works if your children have names that begin with the same letter; entering an initial and a surname means the labels are more personal than if you just add a surname AND this option can help to avoid confusion if your children share their surname with others in their class.

For more tips, take a look through our blog posts or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

To place an order; click on “Buy Stikins ® name labels” to start with a pack of Stikins ® or click on “Buy Trons ® name transfers” to start with a pack of Trons ®.

FAQ – How Do I Order Labels With One Or Both Lines Left Blank?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Some of our customers prefer to request labels that are entirely blank or have blank spaces/lines that they can fill in themselves with a laundry or waterproof pen.

This option is ideal if you want to add different information to some or all of the labels within a pack or if you want to add information that you don’t have at the moment – for example, you may need to label the belongings of a friend or relative before they move into a nursing or residential care home but you don’t yet know the room number they will be assigned to.

Here’s a quick guide to requesting labels with a blank space, a blank line, or that are completely blank:

How To Order Labels That Are Completely Blank
If you order through our website, you won’t be able to add an item to your basket until you enter something into the two text fields (Enter Line 1 and Enter Line 2); to request blank labels, you simply need to enter a blank space into each box using the space bar on your keyboard.

How To Order Labels That Have One Line With Text & One Line Without Text
Enter the text that you want into the appropriate field (use Enter Line 1 to add text to the top line and Enter Line 2 to add text to the bottom line) and use the space bar to enter a space into the other field to request that it is left blank.

How To Order Labels That Have A Blank Space At The Start Or End Of A Line
This is a little trickier; as you can see from the instructions above, using the space bar to add a blank space instructs our system to leave a line blank. If you want to create blank spaces that sit before or after your text (for example: leaving a space for a first name followed by the surname OR entering “Room” and leaving space to write in a room number), you can enter spaces using the space bar BUT our system will usually treat these spaces as non-existent and ignore them.

The best thing to do, therefore, is to enter the spaces that you need so we know what you want and then add a note to the “Additional Information” box as you checkout so we can double check that your labels are printed correctly.

Remember, if you’re planning to write on your labels yourself you have to make sure that you use a suitable pen; laundry pens will produce print that will survive repeat trips through the washing machine but the ink from standard pens will simply wash away.

For more tips, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or take a look through our Blog Posts.

Visit our “BUY STIKINS ®” page to place an order for our stick on name labels or visit our “BUY TRONS ®” page to order our iron-on name transfers.

When Is A Name Label Not A Name Label? Alternative Uses For Our Multipurpose Name Labels…

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

While it’s true that our Stikins ® name labels were designed and developed specifically for the purpose of labelling school uniform (and equipment), the sheer versatility of our stick on name labels means that they can be used for a whole host of other tasks and applications.

Our name labels are made with an extremely flexible vinyl and a highly advanced adhesive, which allows them to form a superbly strong adhesive bond with a wide range of surfaces under a range of conditions, even when a label application requires them to remain firmly in place on unusual materials or curved surfaces.

We have a variety of customers who purchase our labels for non-school-uniform related purposes, ranging from individuals who’ve come up with an unusual use for them in the home to companies and organisations who use them for the day to day running of their business.

Here’s just a few of the alternative ways our name labels can be used:

Organisation, Filing, & Storage
As our name labels are so superbly sticky, they’re a fantastic label to use to get organised at home or at work. Whether you use files or plastic boxes to keep everything organised, our Stikins ® will stay firmly in place and they’re ideal whether you simply need to keep the office organised or you’ve got children’s bedrooms to (attempt to) keep clean and tidy.

Medical Alerts
We have a number of customers who order labels printed with medical or allergy information, which can then be used as medical alerts to keep medical supplies and/or food and drink containers clearly and securely labelled. Whether you (or a relative or child) have medical equipment that must be on hand at all times (especially in busy, shared environments) or you simply need to make sure that your (or your relative’s or child’s) food and drink are clearly labelled, our name labels will adhere firmly onto the containers that these items are stored in or directly onto the equipment itself. They’re a useful way to both keep equipment and food supplies safe so that they’re always on hand AND they can inform others of your (or your relative’s or child’s) condition should an emergency situation arise.

Product / Material Sample Labels
As our name labels are designed for the purpose of labelling fabric items, they’re a brilliant tool for use as product or sample labels on fabric items – especially where the items you need to label are made of more unusual materials that standard adhesives may struggle to adhere to properly.

Please note that we would highly recommend testing the suitability of these labels for your specific application; our labels have been tested for their ability to adhere to the wash care label of fabric items only and as such we cannot guarantee that they will bond as efficiently if you attempt to apply them directly onto a particular fabric.

Asset / Batch / Tracking Labels
A number of our customers are companies or businesses who want highly durable labels that can be used to mark up their products and/or property to carry asset information, batch information, or as a means of tracking the movement of these items around a business (or beyond, if items are loaned out to individuals).

You can request labels that are printed with your company details, with a particular department or building, or with space to add in batch or tracking information that will be assigned to items at a later date.

For more detailed information about our Stikins ®, please visit our Stikins ® Information Page; if you are considering using our name labels for an alternative purpose and you have any questions or would like to request a sample, please contact our Customer Service team to discuss your requirements.

To go ahead and place an order, visit our “BUY STIKINS ® name labels” page to get started.

FAQ – Do You Do These Name Labels In Size X (And Other “Sizeable” Questions)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Yup, it’s an FAQ special and this week we’re rounding up all of your name label questions about size, such as:

How Big Are Your Name Labels?
Our Stikins ® name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and our Trons ® name transfers measure 35mm wide by 15mm high.

Can I Request A Bigger/Smaller Size Of Name Label?
We only supply these two sizes of name label and cannot accept orders for bespoke sizes.

Why Did You Pick These Sizes For Your Name Labels?
We believe that name labels need to be capable of two completely opposite functions; when you need them they should be easy to find and read BUT when you don’t need them they should be pretty much invisible.

We find that the sizes we have chosen are large enough to make them stand out when they need to (so the labels are easy to find), to hold text that is printed in a bold clear font size (so the labels are easy to read), and fit neatly onto the items that you need to label (so the labels don’t draw attention when they aren’t needed) – whether that’s onto the wash care label of clothing, onto the side wall or beneath the tongue of shoes, or on personal items such as lunch boxes and water bottles, or phones, stationery, and equipment.

What Size Font Do You Use?
The font size depends on the amount of text you enter when you order. Our system counts up the number of characters you have entered on each line and then selects the biggest possible font size that will allow both lines to be printed within the dimensions of each name label.

How Do I Get A Bigger Font Size?
Simply take a bit of time to think about what you want to include and be as selective as possible.

Our default layout allows you to split your text over two lines; we find that this creates a solid bold font even if you choose to include an additional piece of information on your labels (for example, we receive many orders for a full name on the top line and a phone number on the bottom line).

We advise limiting yourself to TWO pieces of information and putting one piece onto each of the two lines available; adding any more will cause your font size to reduce significantly. We also recommend being selective about the additional information you add; for example, if you want to add contact information, we recommend a phone number rather than an email address/address because the latter require far more characters to be used.

On the other hand, if you know you only want to add one name (e.g. just a first name or just a surname) or you’re entering text that only requires a handful of characters, you can select the “Name on one line” option to boost the font size.

As a rough guide, we’ve put together an Example Print page showing the font sizes produced by different amounts of text.

Will My Name Labels Get Bigger If I Add More Text?
No. Some parents are used to sew-in name labels where the length of the labels can be adapted to suit the length of the name that has been requested. As mentioned above, our labels are made in a set size and it is the font size that adjusts to make your requested text fit rather than the label size.

How Big Are Your Packs Of Name Labels?
Both of our name label products are available in four pack sizes, as follows:
Stikins ® name labels: select from 30, 60, 90, or 120 name labels per pack
Trons ® name transfers: select from 35, 70, 105, or 140 name transfers per pack

What Size Envelope/Parcel Will My Order Arrive In?
The majority of our orders are despatched in C5 envelopes, which will slip safely through a letterbox without any trouble.
[Extremely large orders are despatched in a small box sent via a Signed For service to ensure they are delivered safely.]

For more FAQs (and their answers), please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

To buy Stikins ® name labels visit our BUY STIKINS ® name labels page.
To buy Trons ® name transfers visit our BUY TRONS ® name transfers page.