Level up your labelling process

Swiftlabel is the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to print perfectly formatted Amazon FBA labels. Combine Swiftlabel with your favourite Thermal printer and remove the need to tweak labels before printing, fork out on costly paper and ink, and waste time fiddling with printers.

Let’s put that in context by exploring what other methods exist for printing labels, and see how Swiftlabel can massively improve your shipping process. 

Current methods

When it comes to printing labels for Amazon FBA, you’ll find there are generally 4 methods available:

A4 Paper

A4 Paper

You print out all your labels to A4 paper, grab your favourite scissors and get snipping away to remove all that unnecessary paper. Finally stick down your labels down with sticky tape or glue.

Pros

  • Easy to get started – All you need is a printer, paper, scissors and glue.

Cons

  • Expensive – You’ll be going through a ton of black ink which isn’t cheap. Cartridges can range in price from £50-100 each.
  • Wasteful – You may need to only print a few product labels but you still have to use a whole page. As the labels take up only a 1/3 of the page, that leaves 2/3 that will get thrown away.
  • Doesn’t look great – Unless you fork out for paper with a high GSM (Paper thickness) the paper will look flimsy. Couple that with any sticky tape or glue you’ve used and your customers may not be impressed.
  • Prone to smudging – This is a big one. All it takes is a bit of sweat or rain to smudge the print, if this happens your package may be rejected by Amazon.
  • Time cost – Forget that weekend trip you’ve planned. Preparing labels and getting them on your package can take hours.

Sticky labels

Sticky labels

Here you’ll purchase specially designed paper that contain sticky backed labels to which you can print directly to.

Pros

  • Easy to get started – All you need is a printer and sticky label paper for each label type.

Cons

  • Expensive – Like the A4 Paper method you’ll be using a lot of black ink (£50-£100 each), plus you now have the added cost of sticky label paper for both your product barcodes and your shipping labels.
  • 1 shot approach – If your printer alignment was off then say goodbye to the whole sheet of labels.
  • Wasteful – If you only use a few labels off a sheet, that same sheet can then not be reused later.
  • Requires a laser printer – Sticky labels will work with ink-jet printers but you run the risk of your labels becoming smudged and therefore being rejected by Amazon.
  • Time cost – Much faster than the A4 Paper method but there needs to be oversight of the printing process especially if you need to switch paper.

Amazon FBA label service

Amazon FBA

Amazon can label your products for a fee of £0.15 per item. Head here for more information on this method.  

Pros

  • Amazon will handle the labelling of your products for you.

Cons

  • Expensive – While £0.15 doesn’t sound like much for a few products, the total cost can scale up pretty quickly.
  • Printing still required – While Amazon will handle your product labels, you’ll still need to print off the shipping and package labels.
  • Strict requirements – Amazon will reject any products that don’t follow their guidelines.
  • Split shipping – You may be asked by Amazon to split up your shipments.
  • Vendor lock in – If your labelling infrastructure is built around Amazon handling your product labelling you’ll be at the mercy of any price increases and it may difficult to change methods at a later point.
  • Time cost – More time will be needed to ensure your compliant with Amazon’s requirements and you’ve configured your shipment correctly.

Thermal printer + Swiftlabel

Zebra printer

Say goodbye to costly ink, expensive paper, smudged labels and complicated shipments. With a Thermal printer you print directly to a roll of sticky labels via a heat transfer which means zero ink costs. What’s amazing is that you don’t need an expensive Thermal printer to achieve perfect labels, a second hand Zebra® LP 2844 can be picked up for around £75 these days, with a roll of 1000 labels costing less than £5.

While a Thermal printer sounds perfect, there is one issue. Out of the box Amazon FBA labels require manual cutting and pasting to ensure they print properly and this can be a time consuming process, especially if you’re shipping a lot of products.

But what if you’re using a Thermal printer with Swiftlabel?

Well, say hello to perfectly formatted prints every time, no matter the label. Simply click and print.

Pros

  • Reduced costs – Thermal printers don’t use ink or expensive paper.
  • Speed – By using a roll of labels you can continuously print out product labels at record speed.
  • Smudge free – As there’s no ink there’s nothing to smudge.
  • Efficient – Unlike the A4 Paper method or Sticky labels method, print only what you need leaving no waste behind.
  • Flexible sizing – Output labels of many sizes.
  • Ease of use – They operate very similar to an ink based printer so you’ll be in familiar territory.
  • Time efficient – No more time wasted on tweaking, cutting and gluing labels. Just click and print.
  • Professional – Your labels will now look like just like Amazon’s, DHL’s and UPS’, giving your customer a great first impression.

Cons

  • Out of the box Amazon FBA labels require manual cutting and pasting to ensure they print properly

Summary

As you can clearly see, if you want to reduce your operating costs, increase the speed at which you can ship products and free up time to focus on what matters most, then a Thermal printer with Swiftlabel is the way to go.

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