Keep your roll and sheet labels organized for less
Keeping your labels stored in the proper conditions is important not only for pristine-looking product labels but for proper adhesion as well. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. We’ve put together some easy, inexpensive label organization and storage hacks you can find in stores or online to keep your product labels in perfect condition from arrival to application.
Whether you use professionally printed roll labels or printable sheet labels, our team has some useful, cost-effective tips to help keep your labels organized and effective.
Store labels at the proper temperature
First and foremost, when storing and organizing your labels and stickers they should be at room temperature in a cool, dry environment. Whether on sheets or rolls, your labels can be affected by different weather and air temperatures. Humidity and moisture are your worst enemies. Damp labels can curl or peel. It can also cause the liner to stick to the labels beneath it when sheets are stacked or on rolls.
Keep these tips in mind when storing your labels or stickers:
- Store labels in a dry environment between 60-77º F with 35-65% relative humidity
- Always use the oldest labels first
- Organize sheet and roll labels in their original packaging until needed
- Store roll labels horizontally, not vertically
- Do not hang heavy rolls, unless for application purposes
- Keep the inner core of roll labels intact
Label storage that costs less
Whether you’re using sheet or roll labels or both, there are some easy, cheap storage and organization ideas that don’t take up a lot of space and can keep your labels in premium shape for application.
Just starting out in business? Don’t go crazy and invest in complicated storage units.
Simple items like file racks, shoe cubbies, paper towel holders and towel racks can make useful storage units for sheets and rolls or as holders for roll labels during application.
If you purchase large quantities of labels at a time, it’s good to only remove one roll or a few sheets at a time, depending on how fast you use them.
The plastic wrapping that roll labels generally come in, will keep your labels protected until use. The same is true for sheet labels. Keep them stored flat, horizontally in their original packaging until use.
Roll label storage & applicators
For custom printed roll labels, any type of shelving can work but cubbies are a great, inexpensive option. You can purchase a 12-hole shoe cubby for under $40 online.
It’s best not to stack roll labels for a long period of time, so deeper cubbies or shelves are better than taller ones, as you can fit more rolls in each cubby as your business grows.
If you only have one or two rolls of labels you deal with at a time, a simple vertical paper towel holder can be used for not only storage but as an applicator as well. Or hang a towel rod or paper towel holder on the wall for easy application.
Jewelry stands and bracelet organizers can also make budget-friendly roll label holders and applicators. However, keep in mind that large, heavy rolls may not work on lightweight jewelry stands.
Small acrylic label dispensers and applicators are also available for as little as $12. But make sure you don’t store your labels for long periods of time on the applicator. It’s best to keep them laying horizontal when not in use.
Organizing sheet labels
Whether you’re storing custom printed sheet labels or printable blank labels, you should always keep them flat. Think of them like stacks of paper. If you stand them vertically, they will curl and bend.
For sheet labels, keep them laying flat in their original packaging on shelves or in boxes until ready for use. Again, make sure they’re in a temperature-controlled environment as much as possible. Not too hot, not too cold.
Once you’re ready to start applying your product labels, mail sorters, file racks and tiered document stands are perfect, cost-effective ways to temporarily store your sheet labels and keep them easily accessible.
Similar to shoe cubbies, mail cubbies or document cubbies also work well for sheet labels, as you can keep your labels close at hand without taking up space. Whether hanging on a wall or on a tabletop where you do your labeling, it’s a simple, inexpensive sheet label storage option.
The shelf life of labels
The shelf life of labels is the amount of time that you can store your labels without them possibly becoming compromised. If you store labels beyond their shelf life it can affect the adhesive performance, the print quality, as well as causing things like tearing, curling and peeling.
The general rule of thumb is you should not store labels for more than a year. For this reason, the experts at Avery, recommend only keeping enough label inventory on hand as needed.
When you use a company like Avery, where you can order your sheet or roll labels online with fast turnaround, you don’t have to keep large stocks of inventory.
You can order professionally printed roll or sheet labels and have them delivered in as few as three business days. Same with Avery printable sheet labels. Order what you need online by the sheet or in retail packs and have them delivered to your door.
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