You’re racking up orders. Your product is the hottest thing on the market. The sheer number of requests from purchasers about the globe makes you pinch yourself. To get your products from point A to B, you’ll need to abide by shipping and trade guidelines.
You’ll need shipping labels.
In the following article we’ll tell you how to print shipping labels at home so that you don’t have to keep your customers waiting.
Types of Shipping Labels
Firstly, you’ll want to consider the necessary shape and size of your potential shipping label. The shape and size of your label will of course be dependent on your specific brand considerations and sensibilities.
The different kinds of labels include the following:
- Arrow Labels: Labels of this kind feature arrows that indicate which side of the package is meant to face up. These arrow labels are often used for the shipping of tech products.
- Fragile: Now, we’ve all seen this label, haven’t we? The purpose of this label is to inform the handlers of a package that the contents of said package are easily susceptible to damage. It tells the handlers of the package to be extra careful with it. It could be a good idea to use this label so that the recipients of your package don’t open it to find a broken prize.
- International Shipping Label: As globalization shrinks the world it expands, for the small business owner, the realm of commerce. This kind of label will allow you to expediently send your product across the planet, thereby affording your brand greater reach. Typically, these kinds of shipping labels will describe the contents of the package, which is important for adhering to trade and customs regulations when shipping from one country to another. The label will also let the company charged with transporting the package know if high or low temperatures are capable of damaging the contents.
- DOT Labels: These labels when applied to the right packaging are used to notify the carrier of a package’s potentially flammable, corrosive, poisonous, or explosive contents. These labels typically feature bold, brightly colored, and eye catching text.
It is imperative that, should you choose to send such a package, you alert the carrier to its potentially hazardous nature. It is a matter of public safety that packages like this are properly labeled.
Designing Your Label
The purpose of a shipping label is to designate the contents of a package, as well as the intended destination, and origin of said package. Outside of these basic elements, these labels may include things such as the weight and tracking barcode.
Pay particular attention to the design of the label. The reason being that labels without the proper shipping information are often returned to the sender or lost in transit. This is undoubtedly bad for business. Delayed packages can discourage customers from doing business with your brand in the future. Lord forbid they share their experience on a review site or with their friends. Despite the old axiom, all publicity is not good publicity.
Label Printer Considerations
You’ll want to make sure that the label materials are appropriate for your specific printer. Laser printers, and–-those more traditionally found in the home—inkjet printers don’t work well with every brand of shipping label. If you use a laser printer there is a strong chance that it will lead to the ink smearing across your label material. With inkjet printers there is a strong possibility that the shipping information will flake away.
Consider using a piece of hardware made specifically for the job of printing shipping labels. LabelValue carries a wide selection of shipping label printers suitable for the needs of small business owners.
Dymo brand printers are perfect for the ambitious entrepreneur, and are quite frankly some of our favorites. With products like the Dymo LabelWriter 450, you can print up to 51 shipping labels in one minute! What’s more, one roll of shipping labels will allot you 300 individual labels!
When you purchase a shipping label printer you receive in conjunction a shipping label design software. In this program, you can input the necessary shipping information into a template and create your shipping label. Then, after you’ve double checked your information, you can click print and put your package in the wind!
If you are in want of Dymo shipping labels and would like greater assistance in creating your own consider reaching out. Our customer service representatives are ready and willing to guide you through the process. You can reach us at (800) 750-7764. LabelValue is open Monday through Friday.