What to Consider When Needing a Label
United Ad Label manufactures a vast line of products that make day-to-day tasks easier for business owners, office managers, teachers, manufacturers and many others. However, with all of those labels that are appropriate for all of those different end users, sometimes choosing the right label solution can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this guide that will lead you through the things to consider when you need a label. When you keep these things in mind, you will be able to choose the perfect label for your job—every time!
How is the label going to be used?
Is your label being used for shipping, storage, or general office use? Do you need a label that can be written on? Understanding how the label will be used, and how it MAY be used in the future is important.
Think about how the label might be used beyond the typical. Will anyone besides you be using the label? If so, ask for input from that person or those people. The usage of the label is very important to determine many of your choices.
What surface will the label be applied to?
Are you applying the label to paper, cardboard, plastic or glass? Each type of material reacts differently. Different types of labels and adhesives work better with different materials. The last thing you want is to wind up with labels that do not stick well, or that stick too well (if you choose a removable label). You will be much happier using your labels when you make the right choice during the purchase process.
Additionally, consider the surface shape. Highly curved surfaces such as tubing or small vials require different materials than flat paper surfaces.
What type of environment will the label be exposed?
In most cases, you will not be using your label in a vacuum. Think about the environment that the label will be exposed to when choosing material, adhesive and even ink. Thinking about the environment can help you decide if you need a waterproof label or if you need something that works well in hot or cold temperatures. Consider the extremes, not just the norms.
Do you need a permanent or removable label?
Labels are not always a permanent fixture. A removable label can be an excellent choice for certain circumstances. Today’s removable labels are better than ever. These labels stay put when you want them to stay and are simple to remove when it is time to pull them off and discard them. However, trying to wrestle and remove permanent labels can be a frustrating experience, so make sure you consider your needs during the purchase process.
What are your size requirements?
How large or small do you need your label to be? Do you need something small and compact to fit on a package for shipping or would you prefer something larger so that you have more room for information or even your company logo? Generally, a larger label will be more expensive, and really large labels can be unwieldy and hard to apply neatly so finding the perfect size is always important.
What color ink is best for your design and how many colors will be used for printing?
While a black and white label is sufficient for many purposes, sometimes a color label provides a little extra pizzazz. One option is to have your company logo printed in color and print the rest of the label in black and white. Think about all of the color combination options and decide on the right color choices.
What special features are needed for the label?
A label would seem to be a relatively simple office supply. However, your requirement of certain special features that can make your choice of the right one even more difficult. Do you plan to print barcodes on your labels? Is consecutive numbering or dating an issue? Another consideration is the type of perforation you require (if any). Think hard about any other specific needs you may have for your label now—rather than figuring out that you are missing a key element after it is too late.
Whether you design a label from scratch using our custom label builder, choose a design from one of our specialty catalogs or work with us to create something unique, it is important to think about all of the little details to make sure your label fits your needs perfectly. After all, a label should be something that makes your job easier—not more complicated. Contact us at United Ad Label if you have any questions or concerns; we are always here for you.