Labelling a parcel or a pallet when shipping is crucial for successful delivery as it contains the name and address of both the sender and the recipient, the type of shipping service chosen, the content description, tracking number and a barcode that ensures the correct handling of the shipment by the logistics company. Explore the importance of shipping labels for businesses and find out how to attach a shipping label by yourself.
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Knowing how to attach a shipping label to a package, envelope, pallet, or cargo is of utmost importance. Therefore, we have prepared tips on how to label a parcel properly to avoid possible cases of lost or misdelivered shipments.
Old mailing labels or address labels might create confusion when scanned and mislead drivers or people handling the parcel.
Make sure the shipping label is clear and visible when you attaching it. Put it on the side of the box, so your parcel can be easily scanned in the terminal. For smaller packages, attach the label in the way that the barcode is on one side and the address information is on the adjacent side.
After attaching the shipping label, cover it with adhesive tape to protect it from damage.
Each courier company has its own shipping label template, which helps to optimise the delivery process. Shipping labels for business (B2B) and individuals usually include barcodes, address lines, and often codes that are not clear to senders. Nevertheless, they are extremely helpful for logistics company workers to sort shipments and forward them to the right destination address. Check the shipping label template we prepared:
Yes, shipping labels are free with most couriers, but you won’t be able to ship the package until postage has been paid for. When booking a delivery with Eurosender, the cost of the shipping label is already included in the shipping price. However, some post offices may charge additional costs for printing a shipping label.
In some cases, it is cheaper to write a shipping label on your own, however, it is better to go with printed shipping labels as they need to include a barcode. To make sure no important information is missing and the label is readable, we always recommend printing shipping labels.
Courier companies are usually responsible for providing shipping labels to customers when shipping with the standard service within Europe. However, in some cases, you will have to take care of printing and attaching the shipping label yourself. This information will be provided to you by email. For global deliveries, it will be always requested that the sender prints and affixes the label to the package themselves.