Pallet & Parcel Labelling
One of the most common applications for labels is for use in the distribution & shipping industry, whether it be the address label, postage label, pallet label or hazard warning label.
Labelling is relatively simple in most situations but many industries particularly those shipping high risk products have strict regulations. For instance, if companies are required to ship hazardous goods across the sea, they will need to be sure that the label & print can withstand the harsh environment. Read more about Hazard Labelling here.
The most common type of labels used in distribution are direct thermal labels either supplied on rolls or fanfolded. Courier companies (i.e. Parcelforce, FedEx, UPS & Royal Mail) require companies to stick a label on each parcel that they send out and the most common size is 101x152mm. Generally speaking, couriers supply these labels to their customers free of charge.
Pallet Labels are used to identify the pallet and provide instructions to both the company delivering the pallet and the receiver. It is quite common for coloured labels to be used especially if providing a warning or instruction so that it is not missed easily, and it can be identified from further away. The most common size used on pallets is labels that are A4 or A5.
There are a number of requirements from Royal Mail when using their online postage service which require you to use labels. More information can be found here.