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Autumn Starts Here & We’ve Got Name Labels For All Your (Winter) Gear!

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Tonight, (at 21:02 to be precise) the Autumn Equinox will take place, traditionally signalling the transition from summer to autumn.

“Equinox” comes from the Latin word “aequinoctium”, which is made up of “aequus” (meaning equal) and “nox” (from “noctis” meaning night) – there are TWO equinoxes each year, which mark the moments at which the sun is directly above the equator making night and day (roughly) equal in length.

The two equinoxes occur each year in March and September and they are known by a variety of names including: the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox (the Latin words for spring and autumn), the March equinox and September equinox (indicating the months during which the equinoxes take place), the northward equinox and southward equinox (indicating the direction of the sun’s movement across the equatorial line – in March this is south to north and in September it is north to south), and the First Point Of Aries and the First Point Of Libra (derived from the constellations that the sun appears to be in front of at the moment of the equinox – confusingly, due to the very gradual change in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation (the line from the north pole to the south pole) these constellations are actually currently Pisces and Virgo).

The autumn equinox has traditionally been used as a symbol of the change from summer to autumn (in the northern hemisphere; in the southern hemisphere it marks the passage from winter to spring) and is often used as a traditional time for harvest festivals around the world.

Given that today marks a change in season, we thought we’d take a look at how the four seasons fair amongst our customers as names with a seasonal flavour. AUTUMN is actually the second most popular season amongst Stikins ® customers with SUMMER being the most popular and WINTER taking third place – sadly, none of our customers (so far) have requested name labels printed with SPRING.


With the shift into autumn, children across the country will be settling into the first term of the school year and gathering an ever impressive array of paraphernalia to carry around with them – including winter warmers, once the weather takes a(nother) cooler turn. Our Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of clothing and personal items, including hats and gloves, coats and scarves, and suitable shoes for the autumn and winter months.

While the back to school rush might well be firmly over, we’ll be continuing our daily production runs so you can rest assured that your order will be made and despatched same day (up to 3pm) or next day. You can also request a special next day delivery service by phone (shipping cost: £5.75) if you need to receive your name labels before an upcoming event, such as a residential trip or holiday.

You can order name labels from Label Planet online (at www.stikins.co.uk) or by phone (visit our Contact Page for more information).

Pinch Punch, It’s The First Of The Month (So Here’s Some “Monthly” Names)!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Yes, September is here and the summer is fast falling away into autumn but we’re still busy printing and packing name labels for those emergency back-to-school orders. So don’t worry if you’ve run out of labels or you’ve forgotten to buy any name labels at all in the rush of getting ready for the new school term – all orders we receive by 3pm will be despatched same day, while orders received after 3pm or over the weekend will be despatched on the next working day. If you need your order urgently, simply give us a call and you can upgrade your order to a guaranteed next day delivery option (this service costs £5.75 and our Customer Service Team is available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Seeing as it’s the first day of a brand new month, we thought we’d take a look at a few names that are associated with the months of the year…

  • While “JANUARY” itself is a great name, you could also opt for JANUS (the Roman God of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings) or JUNO (the Roman Goddess of marriage, women, and Rome, as well as queen of the gods).
  • Like January, “APRIL” is a lovely “monthly” name and is, in fact, the most popular month-inspired name amongst Stikins ® customers.
  • MAY” is another popular name, as is MAIA – the Greek Goddess for whom the month of May was named.
  • JUNEtakes second place amongst our customers, while JUNO (the Roman Goddess from January) also has strong associations with the month of June.
  • While we didn’t have any name labels for AUGUSTUS (the Roman emperor for whom the month is named), we did print labels with the name “AUGUST” itself.

Sadly, so far, we haven’t printed any name labels for a February, March, July, September, October, November, OR December – but there’s plenty of time yet!

Visit our website at www.stikins.co.uk to place a last minute back to school order of Stikins ® name labels today!

Last Minute Orders For #backtoschool Name Labels With Stikins ® Name Labels From Label Planet

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Yes, the summer holidays are all but over, which means there’s just enough time for a last-minute-back-to-school order of name labels to safely and securely label all of the uniform, equipment, and other “essentials” that you’ve spent (what feels like) weeks choosing, trying on, arguing about, and (finally) buying.

No one wants to spend time ordering (and applying) name labels BUT they’re a quick and easy way to make sure that your child doesn’t come home mere weeks (or days) into the new school year with a tragic story of how a piece of their brand new school uniform or equipment has mysteriously and inexplicably disappeared.

At Label Planet, we’ve tried to make the process of buying and applying your name labels as simple as possible, so you can receive your labels with plenty of time to spare and get EVERYTHING labelled in minutes – leaving you free to enjoy those precious last days of summer.

You can order online at any time or give us a call during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm); your order will be despatched on the SAME working day (up to 3pm) or NEXT working day, with all orders delivered via Royal Mail’s First Class service as standard (orders to non-UK addresses are sent via Royal Mail’s International Standard service). We also offer the choice of a guaranteed next day delivery service – this service costs £5.75 and can be requested by phone.

Our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels are a brilliant way to label school uniform and equipment; these labels simply stick on and stay on – with absolutely NO sewing and NO ironing required – and one pack of labels can be used to label clothing (where they should be applied onto the wash-care label), bags and shoes (where they should be applied onto the side wall or beneath the tongue), and personal items including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and any other essential extras that your children insist on taking to school.

So, whether you’ve already ordered name labels (but they’ve disappeared or run out) or you haven’t made an order yet (because you forgot or you’ve been putting it off for “another day”), head on over to our website now to place an order for some (more) Stikins ® name labels – and then sit back and relax and make the most of what’s left of the summer!

FAQs – Ordering Stikins ® Name Labels From Label Planet

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Here at Label Planet, we designed our stick on name labels with busy families in mind, which means we’ve tried to make our products AND our services as useful and simple as possible – so you have more time (and money) to get on with the important things in life.

Ordering name labels and labelling school uniform and equipment is never going to be the most fun task that parents have to deal with over the summer holidays BUT name labels are an incredibly simple way to avoid the hassle of a child returning from school missing an all-important item of their school uniform (or one of those essential “extras” that they simply can’t do without). So, to avoid the tears and tantrums (and the subsequent lightening of your purse or wallet) that go hand in hand with lost property, here’s a quickfire FAQ to guide you through the process of ordering Stikins ® name labels from Label Planet.

HOW DO I ORDER NAME LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET?
You can order Stikins ® name labels online, by phone, or by post.

Online
Visit stikins.co.uk and click on the “Buy Stikins ®” button; enter the text you want printed on your name labels and select a pack size (if you are ordering the Stikins ® Name Label Kit, leave the text fields blank). Add your pack of name labels to your basket and then choose whether you want to add another pack (“Enter More Names”) or to checkout. Fill in your delivery details and make payment by debit/credit card or by Paypal.
Double check the confirmation page and/or confirmation email to make sure that all of the details you have provided for your order are correct.

By Phone
Call us on 01270 668076; our Customer Service Team is available Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). Let us know what packs you would like to order (and the text you would like printed on each one), your delivery information, and make payment by debit card or credit card.

By Post
Fill in the order form on the back of our Parent Leaflet; we send out a leaflet with every order and you can download a digital copy from our website – leaflets are also handed out by schools who have joined our Fundraising Scheme. Let us know what packs you would like to order and the text you would like printed on each one, along with your delivery information. Post your order form to us along with a cheque for payment to Wilbraham House, Unit 2 Alvaston Business Park, Middlewich Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6PF.

WHAT TEXT SHOULD I PUT ON MY NAME LABELS?
It’s up to you to decide what you want printing on your name labels but we do have a few tips to help you decide:

  • Most customers request a first name (top line) and a surname (bottom line) OR a full name (top line) and a phone number (bottom line).
  • We recommend that you request no more than two pieces of information – you could choose a piece of contact information, a class/form/year name, a medical/allergy alert (e.g. Nut Allergy), or a friendly message (e.g. “Please Return To” // “This Belongs To”).
  • Our name labels are one size only and the font size will be reduced to allow your text to fit neatly within those dimensions (30mm wide by 15mm high), so you should try to keep things short and sweet. We recommend adding no more than 15-20 characters per line; while you can enter more characters than this, you will find that the font size is significantly smaller.
  • We can only print alphanumerical characters and basic punctuation marks; we cannot print images or emoji.
  • We cannot split packs between different names or text; every label within a particular pack is printed with the same text. You can, however, be a bit creative with the text you request so that you can share the labels (e.g. adding a surname only or including all of the names) OR you can opt for our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains 60 blank labels and a pen so you can personalise each label as you wish.
  • If you want to leave one line blank, please use the space bar on your keyboard to add a single blank space to the text box for that line.

WHAT IS A SCHOOL FUNDRAISING NUMBER?
We run a Fundraising Scheme for schools and PTAs (and other groups), which allows them to raise money by earning commission on sales of name labels. They are assigned a unique fundraising number and any order we receive where that number is quoted will earn commission for the school, which they can then use for any ongoing projects or fundraising targets that they are working towards.

If your school has given you a fundraising number to quote, simply enter the number into the Fundraising Number box at the bottom of the product page (just above the “Add to basket” button), quote the number when you order by phone, or fill in the Fundraising Number box on the order form. If you forget to add your school’s fundraising number you can get in touch with us by phone or email and we can add the number to your order retroactively.

Please note that the Fundraising Number is NOT a discount code; quoting the number means that your order will help to raise money for your child’s school and does not apply a discount to your order when you checkout.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY LABELS TO ARRIVE?
We print name labels every day so any order we receive by 3pm will be printed and despatched same day – orders placed after 3pm, over the weekend, or on a bank holiday will be printed and despatched on the next working day.

All of our UK orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; around 93% of these items are delivered on the next (working) day, with the rest taking a day or two extra depending on the service level in your area.

I NEED MY LABELS URGENTLY – CAN YOU HELP?
We know that it’s all too easy to forget to order name labels or to find that you’ve not ordered enough to get EVERYTHING labelled, which may mean that you end up needing your labels in a hurry. In addition to despatching orders same or next working day, we also offer a guaranteed next day delivery service; this guarantees that your order will be delivered next day by 1pm and costs £5.75. We must receive your order before 4pm so we have time to make and despatch your name labels same day and so you can only request this service by phone.

I’VE MADE A MISTAKE ON MY ORDER – WHAT SHOULD I DO?
When you complete an order online, you will be directed to a confirmation page showing the details of your order AND you will receive a copy of that page in a confirmation email (along with an email from Sagepay, our payment gateway provider, confirming that your payment has gone through successfully). We STRONGLY recommend that you read through the confirmation page or email to make sure that all of the details in your order are correct because, as we state on our product pages, “WE WILL PRINT EXACTLY WHAT YOU ENTER”.

If you find a mistake, simply get in touch with us as soon as possible to let us know – you can give us a call or simply send us an email with the corrections that you need making and we’ll get your order updated on your behalf.

Remember, our Customer Service Team is always on hand if you need any help or advice when it comes to ordering your own set(s) of Stikins ® name labels; simply give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help.

Name Labels Vs Sun Creams – How To Make Your Labels Last All Summer Long

Friday, July 7th, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers as being “resistant to children’s alcohol-free sun creams and lotions” and perhaps wondered why we mention sun creams as being a particular problem for name label products.

Name labels are often applied into clothing where they come into contact with skin OR onto personal items (especially lunch boxes and water bottles) that are handled a lot, which may result in sun cream being transferred from the skin onto a name label. Modern sun creams are made with increasingly advanced ingredients designed to boost the protection offered by these products (for example by increasing the level of protection, improving water resistance or durability, or simply making a product easier to apply) and, while these ingredients do make sun creams and lotions extremely effective, they can also be quite damaging to the surfaces that they come into contact with over time – including name labels.

While name labels themselves are unlikely to be damaged (they are, after all, designed to withstand repeat cycles through washing machines and/or dishwashers), the printing inks used to personalise these labels may not be resistant to some of the ingredients used in sun creams and lotions – which can result in the print disintegrating or smearing away completely.

Beating The “Blockers”
Sun creams and lotions often contain “blockers”, which are ingredients that protect us from sunlight by preventing (or blocking) ultraviolet light from reaching our skin (by reflecting, scattering, or absorbing UV rays). A common example is titanium dioxide, which is a particularly popular ingredient because it is believed to be less irritating than other chemicals – making it ideal for use in products that are intended to be used by children or individuals with sensitive skin.

While titanium dioxide is brilliant at providing protection against harmful UV light, it is also extremely damaging to some printing inks – which is why we have sourced an advanced ink for our name label products that is fully resistant to titanium dioxide (as well as other similar ingredients used to produce sun creams and lotions).

The Problem With “Alcohol”
Unfortunately, there is one ingredient used in SOME sun creams and lotions that our ink is NOT currently resistant to – and that is alcohol. Alcohols are used in sun creams and lotions for a variety of reasons; some make sun creams more opaque (less transparent) or thicker or less greasy, some act as emollients (moisturisers), some help to preserve sun creams (so they last longer “on the shelf”), and some are used as carriers – particularly in sun sprays, where the alcohol helps to propel the spray more efficiently.

The problem is that alcohols are solvents; solvents are capable of dissolving other substances and this includes some printing inks used to personalise name labels. While our printing ink is not fully resistant to alcohol (or other solvents), this doesn’t mean that your name labels won’t survive the summer.

Firstly, alcohol is only used in SOME sun cream products and many manufacturers offer alcohol-free alternatives. Sun creams and lotions designed for children and individuals with sensitive skin are – as a general rule – among these alcohol-free product ranges.

Secondly, the risk of damage tends to exist immediately after a product has been applied (i.e. while the sun cream is drying or being absorbed into the skin); as long as you allow plenty of time for your sun cream product to dry or absorb in place, there won’t be any danger of the alcohol coming into contact with, and therefore damaging, the print on your name labels.

You can find out much more about our name labels by visiting our Stikins ® Information Page or our Trons ® Information Page – alternatively, you can visit our Stikins ® and Trons ® product pages to place an order for your very own name labels that will remain firmly in place all summer – and all year – long.

More Reasons To Save Time & Smile With Stikins ® Name Labels

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Stikins ® name labels were designed with busy families in mind and offer a quick and simple solution to the problem of labelling children’s school uniform and equipment safely and securely – AND with the minimal amount of time (and fuss) required!

We’ve developed our products and our website to make it as easy as possible to order and use your name labels, so when you order Stikins ® from Label Planet you can save time and smile knowing that:

  • You can order your labels quickly and easily online, by phone, or by post. Simply let us know what name or information you want printing, select the pack size you prefer, and make payment.
  • We despatch all orders on the SAME working day (up to 3pm) with orders placed after 3pm or over the weekend being despatched on the next working day.
  • All orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; if you need your labels urgently (for example, if your child is going on a residential trip), you can give us a call and upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option (upgraded shipping is £5.75).
  • We offer a 10% discount on any order that contains four or more packs – whether you order four packs for yourself or you club together to order with friends and family.
  • You simply peel each name label off its backing sheet, stick it onto an item, and the job is done.
  • There’s absolutely, positively NO sewing and NO ironing involved.
  • Your name labels will stick in and stay in thanks to our unique Stikins ® adhesive.
  • You can use one pack of name labels to label clothing and personal items, including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and tablets and phones.
  • Help is at hand if you need any advice or assistance with an order; simply contact our Customer Service Team and they’ll be happy to help!

We also offer schools and PTAs the opportunity to raise money by earning commission on sales of name labels; so if your child’s school or PTA is registered with us, you can quote their fundraising number when you order to raise money for your child’s school.

You can also use Stikins ® name labels to label items belonging to relatives who are moving into a residential care or nursing facility to give them (and you) extra piece of mind that their possessions can be returned to them quickly and easily.

We also offer a 15% discount to residential care homes or nursing homes who wish to order name labels on behalf of their residents – contact our Customer Service Team to find out more or to order.

Visit our website to find out more about our name labels (and to read independent reviews from parents who have already tried Stikins ® for themselves) or to place an online order today.

Check Out What’s New This Summer From Stikins ® Name Labels

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Here at Label Planet, we want our products and services to be the best they can possibly be – which is why we work hard each and every year to find NEW ways to help our customers AND to improve our OLD ways to make them even better than they were before!

Take our Stikins ® name labels; we’ve been selling Stikins ® since 2003 and we really believe that these labels are a brilliant solution to the problem of labelling items safely and securely (you don’t have to take our word for it though – we’ve received over 5,000 independent reviews from parents and families who have already tried our name labels for themselves).

However, we also know that there’s always room for improvement and we’ve launched several new and/or improved versions of our name labels (in 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2017). This year, we’ve actually gone one step further by improving the OLD version of our Stikins ® (by developing a new unique Stikins ® adhesive) AND introducing a NEW version of our Stikins ® (in the form of the Stikins ® Name Label Kit).

The unique Stikins ® adhesive is even better than our previous adhesive and has been developed using the latest materials and manufacturing processes; this adhesive is ONLY available on Stikins ® name labels and is designed to make absolutely sure that our multipurpose name labels will simply stick on and stay on!

The Stikins ® Name Label Kit contains sixty blank Stikins ® name labels and a pen so you can personalise each and every label exactly as you wish – so you can share the pack between as many different people and purposes as you like. These name labels are made with the same material and Stikins ® adhesive as our printed name labels but have a special “write-on” matt finish.

We’ve also been working on our website to make it an even more detailed and useful resource for our customers and fundraising partners.

STIKINS ® NAME LABELS: we’ve updated our information pages to provide customers with everything they need to know about our name labels, including a completely updated Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer questions and queries that parents may have about how to order and/or use Stikins ® name labels. We also offer customer service through our Customer Service Team who are available to help via email and phone – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Find out more about Stikins ® on our Stikins ® Information Page or get the answers to your questions on our new look FAQs Page.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING WITH STIKINS ®: we run a fundraising scheme that allows schools and PTAs (and other groups) to earn up to 30% commission on sales of name labels. The scheme is completely free to join and provides year round fundraising with only the minimal input required; we allocate each school or PTA with a fundraising number (which parents quote when they order from us) and supply free resources (such as leaflets and samples) to help our partners promote the scheme to parents.

Visit the Fundraising Home Page to find out more.


Please note: we are no longer selling mixed packs of Stikins ® name labels and silver name labels (product codes: M240 and M120); however, both items are still available to buy as individual product packs.

BIG NEWS: introducing the new STIKINS ® NAME LABEL KIT – the most versatile, multipurpose name label pack – ever!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Yes, the big day is here and we are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new version of our Stikins ® name labels in the shape of the Stikins ® Name Label Kit.

This kit contains 60 blank Stikins ® name labels and a pen, which means that you can personalise each and every name label exactly as you want – allowing you to split your pack however you need between as many different family members as you like.

The name labels in each kit are made with exactly the same material and unique adhesive as our printed Stikins ®; the ONLY difference is they have a matt finish to allow your written names or messages to stay in place – even after you wash your labelled items.

These easy to use name labels simply stick in and stay in, so there’s no sewing and no ironing required. You simply write on the name or message you want with the pen provided, peel the name label off its backing sheet, and stick it onto your item – and you’re done! Stikins ® can be used to label clothing and fabric items, along with other personal items that you want to keep safe, including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and digital devices.

Stikins ® should be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items and can be applied directly onto personal items. In shoes, they should be applied under the tongue of the shoe or onto the side wall; they should not be applied to the floor of the shoe where they would lie beneath the foot as this will cause the print to disintegrate over time.

The Stikins ® Name Label Kit costs £10 and can be ordered online, by phone, or by post. To order online, simply visit the Buy Stikins ® page and select the Stikins ® Name Label Kit.

We’ve been working on this new product for months and we’re delighted that we finally get to share it with all of our customers – we hope you love it as much as we do.

Head on over to the Stikins ® Page now to place an order for your very own Stikins ® Name Label Kit today.

Get Organised For The Summer Term With An Easter Order Of Stikins ® Name Labels

Friday, April 7th, 2017

With schools closed (or about to close) for the Easter Break, it’s the perfect time to do a quick review of your children’s school uniform and equipment and to make an order for a few extra name labels to make sure that everything stays safe through to the end of the school year.

Here at Label Planet, we make and despatch name labels same day every day, so even if you need to make a last minute order for an emergency top up you can rest assured that your labels will be on their way to you just as fast as a (n Easter) bunny!

Any order we receive before 3pm Monday to Friday will be made and sent out by Royal Mail’s first class service on that same day – with orders received after 3pm or over the weekend being despatched on the next working day.

We will be shutting down for a brief Easter break ourselves, with our office closing at 5pm on Thursday 13th April and re-opening on Monday 24th April. Any orders placed during this time will be made and despatched when we return. If you have any questions or queries during this break, please send us an email and we’ll reply as soon as we can once we’re back.

Stikins ® are a simple solution to the problem of labelling school uniform and equipment and were developed with busy families in mind; these name labels simply stick on and stay on so you can get your children’s things labelled up in minutes, saving you time to spend your Easter break doing things that are a lot more fun!

You can order Stikins ® by phone or by post OR you can simply visit www.stikins.co.uk to place an order online today!

Happy Kindness Day To One & All!

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Here in the UK it’s National Kindness Day, so we’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our customers – whether you’ve just bought your first pack of Stikins ® name labels or you’ve been ordering (and re-ordering) from us year after year.

Another huge THANK YOU goes to all of our lovely customers who have taken the time to leave us a review – reviews are enormously important to us and we use them to assess and improve our products and services to make them the best they can possibly be – we’ve received almost 5,500 reviews so far and we’d like to say thank you for each and every one!

We’d also like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our fundraising partners who’ve helped to make our fundraising scheme bigger and better than ever before. Hopefully this year will be our best year EVER – visit our brand new Fundraising Section to find out more.

We hope you have a lovely day today and a lovely weekend, whether you’re hanging out with friends and family or simply aiming to have some peaceful “me time”!


We’d also like to say “keep watching” our blog as we’ve got some pretty big news to share in the next couple of weeks that we’re pretty excited about!