Learn to send packages quickly and save on fees.

Print e-commerce labels at home or the office.

Your e-commerce business is important - and so are your shipping labels.

But it's just a sticker, isn't it?

Not so fast.

It's an integral element in the supply chain. It's how your customers receive the goods!

Seems more important than just some sticker now, right? Lucky for you, the process is similar for all couriers.

Canada Post. USPS. FedEx. UPS. Amazon. Ebay. Etsy. Shopify.

With this article you'll learn 3 things:

  • The Parts of a Shipping Label
  • What You Need and How to Choose
  • How to Print Your Shipping Labels

How To Print Shipping Labels:

1. Create an account with your shipping courier.

2. Use their website and app to input basic customer shipping data.

3. Print at home or the office using our blank shipping labels.

But first, what does a shipping label do?

They communicate the important details of your package.

Details like: recipient, sender, weight, carrier name, destination, point of origin, tracking codes, etc.

Think of it like directions. If something isn't right, someone is gonna get lost!

People and machines in the shipping process need to know where your package came from, where it's going, and what stops it made in between.

Without proper labelling, packages get delayed, go missing, or get sent to the wrong location. That means you lose customer trust and waste money.

101: The Parts of a Shipping Label

They're slightly different for every courier.

But let's be real, it's the same information at the end of the day.

This is an example for UPS.

Here are the main details to know.

a. Recipient: Name and Address, the destination.

b. Sender: Name and Address, the return address in case of non-delivery

c. Package Weight, the combination of item and its packaging.

d. Tracking Code: Used by recipient and sender, to follow the journey.

e. Unidirectional Code, this is that "target" bar code. It's read by machines.

f. Postal Bar code, this is the main bar code, scanned by human couriers.

g. Level of Service, your choice for shipping, i.e. Standard, Express, Priority, etc.

101: What You Need and How To Choose Them

a. Courier b. Printer c. Labels.

What Courier Should I Choose?

You need to have an account with a courier to print labels at home.

Choosing your courier depends on 3 things relating to your business: volume, locations, and service needs.

We suggest you research on Google to learn about the different solutions. Compare plans and choose what's right for YOU.

We'll share tips on couriers at the end.

What Printer Should I Choose?

Direct thermal printers are the easiest way to print labels on demand. They use labels on a roll and do one at a time or multiples.

Some of our favourite are Rollo, Munbyn, and Zebra. Our labels work in every printer. This is an example of what they look like.

Laser or inkjet printers work great with labels too but they operate a bit differently.

Labels are on sheets, 4 per page, so if you're only printing one at a time, be aware of where the label sits in your template.

When you buy our labels you get templates for your software of choice.

We suggest you research options with Google to learn what's best for your business based on volume and needs.

What Labels Should I Choose?

For direct thermal, 4x6 is the standard.

For sheet labels, 4.25" x 5.5" is used because it lets four labels fit on one sheet.

But in general, each courier has their approved sizes and we carry each of them.

101: How to Print Shipping Labels

1. Create an account with your shipping courier.

2. Use their website and app to input basic customer shipping data.  

3. Print at home or the office using our labels.  

Here are the links for each of the major couriers.

Create Shipping Labels For Every Carrier

Here are a few pro tips you should know about different couriers.

GENERAL PROTIP: Many businesses opt to work with two different couriers.

Canada Post/USPS ProTip: When flexibility is what you need, government postal services can be a great option to consider.

FedEx ProTip: Known for time-sensitive and international options

UPS ProTip: Known for domestic shipping and keeping costs low.

Amazon ProTip: If using Amazon FBA, you can avoid their fees by printing your own labels but there is one catch, you need to understand FNTKU's...these are when your products remain in Amazon fulfilment centers.

"Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit" is a type of UPC unique to Amazon. This makes sure your products aren't confused with others that may have the same UPC.