How to Choose a Quality Shipping Label
May 25, 2018
Here at IPAK Solutions, we have a fond relationship with shipping labels. We focus on
producing a quality label that will ensure your barcode/information/artwork/et., won't
smudge, drip, tear, fall off, or melt. Here are some things we think are important when
choosing a shipping label.
1. Figure out which type of label you will need: The first thing to look at will be what
elements your label will be facing. The main factors will be if the labels are facing
outdoor elements or will be used only indoors. Then you want to look at how long that
label will need to last. Depending on those 2 factors, you can identify which type of label
you need. For example, if you need the barcode to last more than 8 months you should
get a thermal transfer label. If it is ok last a minimum of 8 months, you can use a direct
2. Choosing the Right Material For your Shipping Label: Your typical options are going
to be polypropylene, polyester, or paper. Choosing the right material can be tricky. You
should always keep the purpose of the label in mind when choosing your material.
The most expensive, and highest quality label, is Polyester. The great thing about these
is the fact that they are almost indestructible. They are weather proof, water proof, tear
proof, and can withstand almost all elements. They typically come in a glossy coat and
are great if presentation or durability is really important to you.
The middle of the road labels would be made out of Polypropylene. These labels aren't
as water-proof, but they are moisture resistant. One great thing is these are very eco-
friendly and don't harm the environment. They are still pretty durable but just aren't
going to stand up to all the factors. They are resistant to chemicals but not completely
chemical proof. These also don't smudge, tear, or fade very easy. You can get this in
Matte or Glossy.
The cheapest option you can go with is paper. This is probably the most common option
for shipping when you aren't facing outside elements or chemical exposure. Paper
labels do easily tear, smudge, and get wet, but they are great for shipping indoors.
3. Think about the type of adhesive you will need: Removeable or permanent adhesive
label. Keep in mind, the adhesive on a permanent label may leave residue, tear or harm
your boxes or packing materials. Also remember less stable surfaces require stronger
adhesives. Acrylic adhesives are most commonly used. Although more expensive, it is a
stronger and higher performing option. Rubber adhesive is more cost effective. It is not
as long lasting or stable as acrylic. Depending on the elements, a rubber adhesive may
fall off or break apart. A rubber adhesive would be suggested if you aren't facing
extreme elements and/or 1-1/2 years or longer.
4. Custom Labels: Packing labels come in varies shapes, sizes even colors.
This can be great for warehousing, packing, maintaining inventory, organizing, etc...
5. You can get your labels in rolls, sheets, or fanfolds: There are varies printing options
depending on your need such as perforation. This will greatly differ depending on your
This should help you find which type of shipping or packing label you will need, which
type of material, which type of adhesive, and how you want it printed. Our goal at IPAK
Solutions is to meet your shipping needs. Whether shipping labels, packing boxes and
materials, or moving supplies, we can provide great services at an affordable rate.
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