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Tags and Labels easily identify and organize products, shipments and documents.

Tags and Labels: The Basics

Tags and labels help to quickly identify and organize things. Inventory becomes easier to handle, products are easier to find, shipments are easier to track.

Tags and Labels: How to Choose

When chosen correctly and filled out properly, tags and labels make life easier at home and in the workplace.

Look at the items you’re dealing with. What’s their purpose? What’s their size or condition? Will they be stored in your facility or shipped elsewhere? Who will have access to them?

Inkjet labels are perfect for organizing your office’s paperwork. Color coding invoices, quotes, accounts and clients is also a smart idea.

Hang tags on items that won’t easily accept labels.

Or maybe your shipment is fragile or dangerous. Brightly-colored transportation labels quickly describe its contents and instructions.

Tags and Labels: Types

Anti-Static Labels mean a shipment is sensitive to static charge or magnetic fields.

Color Coding Labels are an easy way to organize a sorting system. They come in rolls or pads, various shapes and colors, and are coated for printing or handwriting.

Colored Tags let you create a color coded system for tracking shipments and inventory. They’re made of heavy duty paper stock and are easy to write on. Most come with a reinforced eyelet to resist tearing and ripping.

Custom Printed Tags require specialized printing. They can be used for names, often-used addresses and business branding such as logos.

Descriptive Labels are pre-printed and brightly-colored. Some examples include fragile goods warnings, shipping and receiving labels, quality control information and more.

Direct Thermal Labels have a variety of uses. They need a direct thermal printer to use.

Inkjet Labels are white labels made for use in inkjet printers. They combine printing speed and drying time with high quality paper.

Inventory & Inspection Tags are multi-part tags that describe and categorize items. They can be used to create shipping history, chain of custody, bin locating and more.

Manila Tags easily identify items that can’t or won’t accept a label. They’re made of heavy duty paper stock and are easy to write on. A reinforced eyelet resists tearing and ripping.

Merchandise & Retail Tags attach easily to retail and display merchandise. They come in various sizes, styles and colors.

Plastic Tags are used in conditions that could damage standard tags and labels.

Tamper-Resistant Labels help prevent unauthorized opening of a shipment. They also easily show when a shipment has been compromised.

Thermal Transfer Labels have a variety of uses. They need thermal transfer ribbons and a thermal transfer printer to be used.

Transportation Labels are used on the sides of trucks and the shipments they’re carrying. They say whether a shipment is explosive, toxic, radioactive, or a biohazard.

Tyvek Tags are a tear-proof, weatherproof and chemical-resistant option for high-activity areas and often-shipped items.

Tags and Labels: Words Worth Knowing

Adhesive is what bonds a label to a surface. They’re pressure sensitive and can be applied by hand or machine.

Facestock is the base material used to create tags and labels. It’s usually made from paper, fabric or plastic.

Ink is the liquid used to print wording and designs onto tags and labels..

Lamination alters a facestock’s surface. This lets it handle movement, cleaning, re-writing and outdoor weather. Options include waterproofing, anti-static coatings, adhesives and more.

Liner is the backing on a label. This protects its adhesive until it’s used by the consumer. Simply peel off the liner and apply the label.

Overlam is a film applied to facestock using strong pressure. This gives it a matte or gloss appearance, along with print-sensitive or print-proof coatings.

Tack is the quality of bond that an adhesive has with a material. It’s also known as quick sticking.

U.V. Resistance is a material’s ability to withstand the effects of direct sunlight.

Varnish is a liquid coating brushed on a material’s surface. This offers protection from sun, rain, wind and excessive use.