Shipping labels are hardly going to land on anyone’s list of the most exciting topics to talk about. But these little sticky papers, which are usually full of abstract abbreviations and barcodes, are crucial in ensuring that your parcel actually reaches its intended destination instead of landing in the hands of the wrong recipient or even getting lost en route. So, if you are tempted to hit that back button, think again. Stick with us instead and make sure that the next time you have to send a parcel or even a larger shipment, a humble shipping label will not get you in any trouble. We will tell you everything you need to know about shipping labels, especially when shipping with Eurosender.
Ok, let’s talk about the basics first. The label is crucial for a successful delivery as it provides vital information for the shipment to be moved from one station to another before finally arriving at the chosen destination. It displays the name and address of the sender as well as of the recipient, shipment details (size, the total weight, the number of pieces etc.), the information on the type of service, the description of the content, tracking number and barcodes that enable the correct handling of the shipment by the courier services. It is important to note that although the information on such labels is mostly the same, each logistics provider uses its own template and thus ensures that its labels are perfectly optimized for a smooth and efficient handling and delivery process.
Of course, in this day and age, the sender can create such labels online and print them anywhere, which is especially practical for small businesses regularly dispatching their products to partners and customers. However, the exact process of creating a label depends entirely on the chosen carrier, which can make the situation a little complicated if one doesn’t know all the details. The good news, however, is that when shipping with Eurosender, the booking procedure is highly streamlined and the same rules apply to all shipments, no matter which of our logistics partners is chosen to carry out the delivery. If you book the shipping service with us, the process will therefore be much simpler. Just follow the instructions below and you can forget about the problems with shipping labels for good.
Ok, let’s get this one out of the way first, shall we? The printing rules for deliveries booked through Eurosender are pretty straightforward. In most cases – and this applies to parcel and freight services alike – the customer does not have to print the label on his/her own. This task falls on the chosen delivery service, which means that the courier that is responsible for the pick-up will bring the shipping label and attach it to your packaging.
However, this does not apply to some countries and types of service. Customers who would like their package to be collected in Spain, Sweden or Poland as well as B2B customers are required to print the labels themselves. If you belong to the second group of our users, the label will be sent to you via e-mail so that you can print it out and attach it to your shipment yourself. There are, however, a few things you have to watch out for when printing and attaching parcel labels on your own. We’ll explain in a sec.
We have prepared a number of tips that will help you make sure that your label does not get damaged or lost during transit plus some extra useful bits of advice that might come in handy.
Of course one can never totally eliminate the possibility of any issues or human error, but as you are going to see, most problems with shipping labels are either no big deal or easily avoidable with the help of common sense.
We know that not every shipper is equipped with a printer and ready to print the shipping label at any given time. If you are one of these customers, you can still order our services. Just ask a friend to print the label out for you or save it as a pdf document and print it out somewhere else (library, post office etc.).
Is there anything else that you would like to know when it comes to shipping labels? Write your questions in the comments below or contact our friendly and responsive customer support team to get the quickest and most reliable answers. We will be happy to help you either way!