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At first, choosing the right label for your project can be difficult. With so many uses, sizes, shapes, and type of material that are available in the market, how would you really know which one is best for your needs?

In this article, we will help you get familiarize with the different factors that you will need to consider so you can make the best decision. 

1. Think about what the labels will be used for and what information you need to include.

Labels are an affordable way to add professionalism and personality to your packaging. Because it is easy to create and print, it can be used in number of applications.

  • Mailing Labels

These are the labels on letters, cards, and mailings which indicates the delivery information such as the sender or recipient’s name and address.

The most common label for this is the address label.

  • Packaging Labels

If you’re running an e-commerce business, these labels are what will make your package reach its right destination. Package labels often comes with barcodes that can help facilitate and track down your shipment’s most recent location accurately. This can also help the delivery personnel identify the contents of the package and reduces your customer’s waiting time when expecting a delivery.

  • Product Labels

Before you reach the packaging stage, you’ve probably went through the identity stage of your product. Product labels contains the logo, information about your product, and set your products stand out in the market.

  • Shipping Labels

Incorrect labeling are the reason why damage on packages happen during the transport. If your product is fragile without a safe handling label, it is likely to get damaged and stacked by stronger packages around it. Shipping label like the Do Not Double Stack label provides advice for proper handling and storage. This is a must for fragile items, as well as those with potentially volatile contents.

Now, think about your labeling purpose and consider what and how much information you want the label to include.

2. Choose a label size.

The size of your label will depend on your content, usage, and preference. For mailing, a smaller size makes sense to add a finishing touch to your letters. The most common size is the 2.625″ x 1″.

For product label, you will probably want something a little larger to make it easy for customers to read. But, it will also depend on the size of your product.

For the packaging and the shipping label, you’ll be needing a larger size. One of the most common is 4” x 6”.

As you choose your size, keep in mind that these labels are always sized according to the following convention: Width x Height

Check out our wide variety of label sizes here.

3. Pick the right material.

The type of material you’ll choose will affect the overall look of your label. Considering the factors we’ve already mentioned earlier, you can either choose a water-resistant or dry surface where water-resistance isn’t an issue. Once you have chosen the correct material for your label, you’ll just have to align and design those labels, then print!

4. Consider the quantity of label you need.

 If you are just starting out and needs lower quantity, then sheet labels are a great and budget-friendly option.

If you need higher quantities, say 200 labels a day, then roll labels are the way to go and it’s more efficient to use a thermal printer.

What is a Thermal Printer?

It is a type of printer which offer convenience and cost-effective printing with the use of heated thermal printhead pressed against a medium to produce black text or images. Each label costs dramatically lower, quick to print, and can even print one label. However, you can only use one color per ribbon.

On the otherhand, regular printer is also good at printing multiple labels. But, everytime you need to print one label, you will still use the entire sheet. So, better batch it up so that all the labels on a sheet can be used. 

To learn more about Thermal Printer, click here.

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