Online spending continues to grow every year with an increasing number of customers opting to buy on the internet and have their goods sent to them.

This has the knock-on effect of driving up demand in the parcel and home delivery industry, with millions of items sent all over the UK.

Being able to get items delivered to other parts of the country is something that most people in Britain take for granted without stopping to really think about what’s involved. With thousands of parcels bumping around against each other being moved from one location to the next, it’s an impressive feat.

But in order to help the parcel deliveries companies get the items where they need to be, each package needs to be secured properly, and this also means being properly labelled. A haphazard label simply slapped on won’t stay in place and could lead to the items getting lost in transit, through no fault of the courier firm.

Here’s a look at how to label a parcel properly in order to get the high quality service that you hope.

Consider the elements

When you are ready to label your parcel you might be tempted to simply write the address onto the packaging using the nearest pen to hand.

It’s certainly true that this type of label won’t fall off, but there could be other problems with it instead. Most couriers provide labels to be printed which have all the delivery information on the barcode. This enables them to process your parcel quickly and route it to the correct destinaion. 

Although much of the parcel handling will take place indoors, there may be times when they are outside and exposed to the elements, as they move from one location to another across the country.

This means that the label needs to be able to withstand the elements, and won’t rub or disappear if it gets slightly damp. Using a felt tip or marker to write the address onto the parcel could mean it could run and smear in wet conditions.

The sorting process

Most letters and parcels have to go through a sorting process and be moved into bins ready for delivery to the right area in the country.

This will involve being put through machines at times too.

The label therefore needs to be adhered securely to the parcel and not easily ripped off. If it sticks up in places it could potentially get caught on machinery, or torn by other parcels.

Think about the process a parcel will go through to reach its destination and protect the label from being accidentally removed from the packaging.

Easily read

Whilst not strictly necessary, it is helpful for the delivery company if the label is bold and easily read. This means it can be sorted and moved around much more quickly. A label which is tiny or hard to read could slow the movement of the parcel down.

Parcel labels indicating parcel weight are ideal

It is essential that there’s no chance that the label can be misread. The addresses will just be glanced at quickly as they are sorted along with thousands of others so make sure each part of the address is clear and can’t be accidentally misread.

For this reason, it might be better if you are able to print the address. This removes the possibility of poor handwriting being misinterpreted; printed labels are clear and unmistakable.

A printed label secured onto the parcel and covered in clear tape – no staples! – provides the best quality and will help ensure the item’s intended destination is clear to everyone that handles the parcel.


High quality parcel labelling can help ensure that the packaging and its destination don’t become separated, and that there are no accidental mistakes over where it is supposed to be going. A clear printed label stuck firmly on and covered in clear tape provides an easy and unmistakable address which is far simpler for the parcel company to read.

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