Posts Tagged ‘New Stikins’

Choosing A Layout For Your STIKINS ®

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

When ordering STIKINS ® name labels, you have a choice of two layouts – splitting your text over two lines or keeping it all on one line.

If you want to add a name only (and particularly if you are entering a short name), you might prefer having all of the text on one line. If you want to enter a bit more information (such as including a telephone number, address, contact name, or medical information), then you may wish to opt for splitting it over two lines.

When you place an order, the order form is set to two lines as its default layout. The order form, therefore, has two entry boxes, one named “Enter Line 1” and one named “Enter Line 2”. To the left of this, the option for “Name on two lines” is checked. If you want to change the layout to one line only, simply check the “Name on one line” option and the entry boxes on the right will change to only show the “Enter Line 1” box.

It’s up to you what you want to enter and how you want to enter it. You can choose full names or nicknames, full contact information or a phone number only, and you can put the name first and contact information second or vice versa.

Get The Most Out Of A Pack Of STIKINS ®

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

These days every little helps (as the advert goes) and it’s important to make sure your pennies and pounds go as far as they can. While we would obviously love it if our customers bought endless packs of STIKINS ®, we know that parents have limits on what they can spend, so we’ve got a few tips to help make your pack of STIKINS ® (whatever size you go for) go that little bit further.

– Share a pack between children

Unfortunately, we can’t print one set of labels with different text – whatever goes on one label goes on them all. However, you might want to consider getting a bit creative with what you have printed, so you can share labels between children. For example, you could have just your surname printed, or include two or more names on one label.

– Double up by cutting up your labels

It is possible to cut our STIKINS ® in half (but please do be careful!). So, you could always enter a name twice and then cut the labels in half – an easy way to double the labels you have!

– Storage is key

Our bigger packs offer better value per label, so why not consider buying a big pack and then storing the labels you don’t need at the time for future use. You simply need to keep your STIKINS ® in their original packaging and store them in a cool, dry place – they’ll be fine for up to two years.

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page, for more advice and tips on getting the very best out of your STIKINS ® name labels.

Modern Name Labels For A Modern World?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

With JJ Cash entering administration recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about labelling school uniform; how parents choose to label their children’s school uniform, if parents choose to label uniform at all, and if the whole name labelling thing is a dying tradition.

Obviously, we’re slightly biased here (!) but we believe that name labels do still have a place in the modern world, whether they’re sew in, iron on, clip on, stick on, or even if you’ve simply got a handy marker pen. Of course, you needn’t take our word for it; we have thousands of customers (both new and returning) who order our name labels, many of whom have written their own reviews about our stick on name labels – clearly, there is still a demand for name labels and the tradition is not quite dead yet!

So Why Bother With A Name Label In The First Place?

Name labels are a simple solution to the ever present problem of school uniform getting mixed up or lost. Entire classes have the same items of clothing and a simple name label is an easy way for your child to check that they’ve picked up the right piece of clothing AND to help make sure that, if they do lose something, it can be identified as theirs, which makes it much, much easier for items to be returned. Plus, modern name labels are available with a huge range of options; they can be printed with contact details (so when an item is found, you can be contacted directly) or with medical or allergy information (so, if there is an incident, this information is on hand and readily available). They can also be used to label all sorts of items, including bags, shoes, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sports kits and equipment, stationery, personal items, phones, lunch boxes and water bottles, musical instruments, art supplies, maths and science equipment, drama costumes and props, and any other items that your child may need (or want!) while they’re at school.

Some people have argued that (in some cases) items of school uniform and equipment are readily available at cheap prices – which is fine, if those particular items are what you need and you don’t mind replacing items whenever they get lost. However, many schools have expansive lists of uniform and equipment that they require each student to have and, in some cases, uniform must be purchased from a preferred supplier or with the school’s particular markings and emblems, and items such as shoes, coats, and bags can also be expensive to replace. So, that leaves many parents who cannot afford to replace items or who simply don’t want to have to replace items that they have already purchased. This is where a handy name label comes in useful.

Choices, choices, choices…

There are so many different ways of adding your child’s name to their uniform and belongings – each with its own particular advantages and disadvantages – so it’s easy enough to find the name label that is perfect for you and your particular requirements.

– Marker Pen:
Perhaps the simplest solution available. There are a number of washerproof marker pens available, so you can simply write your child’s name onto their clothing and possessions. However, this method does mean you need to make absolutely sure that you get a pen that uses ink that is strong enough to survive the cleaning process but won’t damage your items of clothing,  you can’t remove what you’ve written (so it isn’t really suitable if you intend to pass items on to someone else or a charity and you can’t undo a mistake!), and, if you haven’t got the best handwriting in the world, it isn’t necessarily always that easy to read.

– Sew In:
The traditional option. Woven labels are available in a great number of colours and styles these days. They tend to remain firmly in place (unless you possess slightly dodgy sewing skills), can be applied to ANY article of clothing, and can be unpicked and reused if you so wish. However, they are the most time consuming option and they cannot be used on the miscellany of belongings that are also likely to be taken and potentially lost at school.

– Iron On:
An alternative to the sew in method; these labels usually require a few minutes per label to apply, so they are faster to apply than sew in labels. They can also be made in a variety of colours and designs. However, like sew in labels, they cannot be used on other personal belongings. They are also subject to issues during application (you need to take great care when using an iron to apply name labels and it can be tricky to get the correct settings and timing just right), and use, with some parents finding that the labels begin to peel off (or even outright ping off) after a short period of time.

– Clip On
Some companies offer various kinds of tags that clip into place. This method can be quite quick and easy to use, but they do usually require an applicator and they are a more bulky and noticeable type of name label.

– Stick On:
The method that we use! Stick on name labels can be printed with a whole range of colours and designs. They simply peel off a backing sheet and stick in place on all kinds of items. This is arguably the fastest method of applying name labels – although they do usually require a period of time to rest and allow the adhesive to strengthen and fully set in place. Stick on name labels are available in a variety of options that can be applied to all sorts of items and can usually be removed (eventually!) when the item is no longer needed.

Alright, so why should I consider STIKINS ® name labels?

Well, again, we’re biased here, but we think STIKINS ® are a genuinely great solution to the problem of name labels. The stick on name label is a relatively recent addition to the name label market and provides a quick and easy method of labelling items; you simply stick the label on, allow it to bond firmly it place, and you’re good to go! It’s perfect for parents who want to label their children’s clothing and belongings, but don’t necessarily have the time – or even want to spend the time! – applying names labels. There’s no sewing or ironing involved at all and our STIKINS ® are easy to use, multipurpose labels that you can use to label just about everything – they’ll even survive in washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, and microwaves. We’ve had reports from parents who’ve used them to label all sorts of items and have found that the label often outlasts whatever item it has been stuck onto.

To find out more about our STIKINS ® name labels, please visit our website and use the purple links on the left hand side to navigate to our information pages.

Free STIKINS ® Samples For Schools – New & Existing Partners Welcome!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Last year, we ran a Spring Promotional Offer for schools, offering them free STIKINS ® for all of their pupils. This year, we extended the offer, to allow schools the opportunity to request a sample even if they missed the offer the first time around.

And now (due to popular demand!) we’re extending the offer even further!

So, whether you’re an existing partner of STIKINS ® name labels or you’ve yet to sign up to earn commission with us, you can still request a free sample of STIKINS ®.

To keep things fair, we’re offering newcomers and existing partners who haven’t requested a sample the full offer – free STIKINS ® samples for ALL of the children in your school or group printed with the child’s name, class, or simply the name of your school or group.

To existing customers who have already had a sample, we are happy to send a partial sample for the new intake of children and any individuals who have joined existing classes after you received your first sample.

Big News From STIKINS ® Name Labels

Friday, January 31st, 2014

We’ve got some good news to share with our customers.

Label Planet is about to double in size! We’re expanding our premises and our STIKINS ® name labels have played an important part in getting us here.

We’ve had brilliant support from our STIKINS ® customers, both newcomers and returning friends, and we’ve seen excellent sales of our name labels.

We’re also pleased to announce that we are working on a brand new, revolutionary kind of name label product. They’ll be launching later on this year and we can’t wait to share them with our customers.

What Do STIKINS ® Look Like?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

We currently have one name label design available.

Each name label is rectangular with rounded corners, measuring 30mm wide by 15mm high. They are made of a white vinyl material with a smooth glossy finish (so they’re very comfortable even if they come into contact with skin).

They are printed with black text; this means that the details you have printed on your name labels stand out against the white vinyl and remain clear and easy to read. You can choose to have your information printed on one or two lines, and the text size will be automatically adjusted to give the largest (and therefore the clearest) font possible within the dimensions of the label.

To find out more about STIKINS ®, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Promoting STIKINS ® To Boost Your Commission

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

We always like to help out our commission partners in any way we can, and we’ve got a few handy freebies to help you along the way.

– Free Parent Leaflets
To let parents know exactly what STIKINS ® are, how they work, how much they cost, and how to order.

– Free STIKINS ® Samples
To show parents exactly what STIKINS ® are and how they work.
Plus, there’s lots of ways to use samples to promote STIKINS ®. We are currently running an offer that allows groups to request free printed samples to hand over to all of their members. You can also request free STIKINS ® to offer as prizes at fundraising events or to put together a promotional display.

– Free Tips & Advice
Visit our website to read a few hints and tips that we’ve come up with over the years to help schools and groups promote STIKINS ® to parents.

– Free Boost To Your Commission %
If you add a link from your school, PTA, or group website to our website, we’ll boost your commission level from 15% to 25%, completely free! This is a great way to improve the amount of commission you earn AND promotes STIKINS ® AND makes it even easier for parents to buy STIKINS ® and therefore earn you more commission.

Remember, you can always register with us to get a unique ID and leave parents to it. But, if you want to make your fundraising go that bit further, a little bit of promotion can go a long, long way. And, of course, we’re always here to help you out!

Tips For Buying Name Labels For Multiple Children

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Unfortunately, our system won’t allow us to split packs between two or more names – every label in the pack has to be printed with exactly the same information.

However, if you do need STIKINS ® for two or more children and don’t fancy buying a pack per child, we do have a few hints and tips to help you get around this issue.

1. ADD ALL THE NAMES ONTO ONE LABEL
– Add all of the first names onto the top line (use initials if the names are very long)
– Allocate one line per child (two names per pack) and cut the labels in half

2. REQUEST YOUR SURNAME ONLY
– This works best if your surname isn’t shared by other children in your child’s class

3. ENTER AN INITIAL/NAME, THE SURNAME, AND THE OTHER INITIAL/NAME
– This way you can cut off one of the initials/names to create a label with just one child’s name

4. LEAVE THE TOP LINE BLANK AND WRITE IN THE NAME YOU NEED LABELS FOR
– To request a blank line, simply use the space bar on your keyboard to enter a blank space, and then write on the first names as required.
[NB: please note that our system requires that you enter something into each box when you order your STIKINS ® – if you enter a full stop or a dash, this will get printed.

Buy your STIKINS ® name labels from our website here.

Start The New School Term With A New Fundraising Opportunity

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

With the start of the new year and the start of a new school term, it’s a great time to start a new fundraising project. At Label Planet, we have a simple way to raise funds for your school that is easy to set up and easy to promote.

Schools who register with us as a fundraising partner will earn commission on sales of STIKINS ® placed by parents. We know that fundraising can be a time consuming effort, so we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible.

YOU register with us
WE assign your school a unique ID code
WE provide free information leaflets/order forms for you to distribute to parents
– AND we even print your unique code on each leaflet
YOU hand out the leaflets
PARENTS order labels
WE keep a running total and send out your commission once a year in October

And that’s it!

As extra steps, you can
– Add a link on your school or PTA website to our website to boost your commission level to 25%
– Request more information leaflets when you run out
– Request a free sample for every pupil in your school

Here are all the links you need:
FAQ – find out more about STIKINS ® name labels
Fundraising FAQ – find out more about earning commission with STIKINS ®
Information Pack – request an information pack that includes information about STIKINS ® and earning commission with STIKINS ®, as well as samples of our name labels and the information leaflets that we supply
Free Samples – request free STIKINS ® for every pupil in your school (you can request personalised STIKINS ® or standard samples that are printed with the school name only)
Register – to start earning commission
Request Leaflets – request free leaflets to distribute to parents
Optimising Letters – for a few tips about promoting STIKINS ® to parents
Links – find out more about linking your website to our website to earn 25% commission

Reintroducing New STIKINS ® As…STIKINS ®

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Following the discontinuation of our Original STIKINS ® range, we thought it would be nice to reintroduce our “New” STIKINS ®.

“New STIKINS ®” – or simply “STIKINS ®” as they will be known as from now on – were first developed back in 2010 as an improved version of the Original STIKINS ®. Thanks to developments in the materials and manufacturing processes available, Label Planet was able to produce one multi-purpose label suitable for all kinds of uses. These name labels are made of an advanced vinyl material, which is extremely soft and pliable – meaning it won’t cause discomfort if it comes into contact with skin and is suitable for flat and curved surfaces. The adhesive has been specially developed to give an extra strong bond – which is why it doesn’t need the additional support of the “H” shaped arms that were a part of the Original STIKINS ® garment labels.

STIKINS ® have been tested by an independent laboratory, using the BS EN ISO6330 wash test procedure for 30 washes at 40 degrees. Of course, they’ve also been tested by all of our customers who, over the years, have stuck millions of STIKINS ® onto school uniform and all kinds of other items – often finding that the STIKINS ® outlast the items they have been stuck onto.

Each name label measures 30mm wide by 15mm high and will survive in washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, and microwaves – although they won’t survive direct contact with an iron!

STIKINS ® name labels are available in four pack sizes: 30, 60, 90, or 120 name labels, which can be purchased online from www.stikins.co.uk. You can also take a look at what our customers have to say about STIKINS ® name labels on our Customer Reviews page.