How to Print Shipping Labels Like a Pro
Shipping labels are something you’re already acquainted with if you’ve ever had to send a box to someone. It’s simple: a shipping label serves as your package’s identification. It specifies several things, including its location of origin, destination, weight, and the name of the carrier.
These slips of paper aid the shipping process by supplying critical information that helps to avoid any unfavorable scenarios during the delivery. These problems may be easily avoided by making shipping labels with all the essential information.
Do you still have any concerns that you understand everything there is to know about shipping labels? Let’s go through some important procedures for printing shipping labels like a pro with PackageHopper.
What Does a Shipping Label Contain?
Shipping labels from the major carriers may slightly differ, but they all include the same information. Here’s a list of some features you’ll see on a shipping label:
- Sender’s name and address: the address to which it will be returned in the event of non-delivery
- Package destination: the recipient’s name and address
- Package weight and dimensions
- Postal barcode: the scannable zip code of the receiver
- Service Type: the shipment method such as Standard, Express, Priority, and so on
- Tracking number: to track the package online
Luckily, you can generate all the required information using the carriers’ online software. But there is even a better way! PackageHopper offers the best international shipping rates with the leading carriers. Just create a shipment, print your label, visit a local drop-off point, and your box is on its way!
How to Create a Shipping Label with PackageHopper?
Start a Shipment
Go to our Ship Now to get your shipping rates. Enter your US zip code, the destination country, and the Package Weight. Once you type in these details, you’ll get a quote for shipping.
Choose Your Carrier
We offer bulk-shipping discounts to our clients because of our long-term agreements with leading carriers.
Ready Your Paperwork
Tell us what’s in the box by listing every item, its value, where it was made, and the quantity. Reference our list of prohibited items to make sure your package can safely be delivered to its destination.
Once you check out and pay for your shipment, we will email you a shipping label and export documents!
How to Print a Shipping Label?
When you’ll receive your email with the shipping label and export documents, make sure that all the information is correct. This is a very important step that will save you money and frustration. If you’re satisfied with the final draft of your documents, all you need to do is print them.
For personal packages and if you don’t ship frequently, your home laser or inkjet printer will work just fine! You can print onto a standard A4 paper or a half-sheet self-adhesive label for easy application on your box.
Thermal Label Printer
If you plan to print a LOT of shipping labels—businesses and start-ups, we’re looking at you!—you might want to invest in a thermal printer and adhesive labels in bulk. While you can print on the sticker labels using a regular printer (great option for smaller budgets), if you want a high-end and professional look, the combination of a thermal label printer and adhesive labels would be our recommendation.
Although this is the most expensive option, it might be worth it to invest in such a printer. In the long run, it will offer huge savings on effort and time compared to printing on normal paper.
If you don’t own a printer, you can print your shipping label at your local library, an office supply store, or any other location that provides printing services. Some shipping centers can help you print out your label too! Just reach out to your local center before bringing your package to drop off. Don’t forget to bring your digital PDF shipping label with you!
Where Should I Put a Shipping Label on a Package?
Place your shipping label on the most visible side of the package. Make sure not to cover any barcodes with tape. You can also note that your package is fragile or perishable with label stickers if needed. Marking your package with “This Side Up” is another trick if you want to have a successful delivery for orientation-specific items.
The last step of your journey is to bring your shipment to a local drop-off point. We’ll take care of the rest.
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