How To Create a Shipping Label

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What is a Shipping Label?

A shipping label contains critical information regarding your shipment’s origin and destination, a bar code to allow tracking, and the recipient’s name and address. The shipping label is required for every shipment and can vary according to the nature of your shipment.

How do shipping labels work?

A shipping label contains important information for the carriers to direct your package to the right place. The barcodes are scanned at every facility to provide a detailed shipment status to the parties involved in the package. 

Every carrier has its own template when it comes to shipping labels. These are designed to make their sorting and shipping processes easier. 

  1. Sender Address: This includes the address of the sender or company that is shipping your goods from the origin destination. 
  2. Recipient Address: This includes the full address of the receiver’s home or company to which the package is delivered. 
  3. Date of Shipment: This section contains information regarding the date the package was shipped from the origin destination. 
  4. Barcode: A barcode is a collection of bars, letters, and numbers that provide information on your shipment with just a scan. 
  5. Tracking ID: This is a unique number that recipients and senders can use to track your package on the carrier’s website. 
  6. Weight of the package: This section includes the weight of the package as provided at the time of shipment at the origin destination. 
  7. Dimensions of the package: This section includes the dimensional of the package as provided at the time of shipemnt at the origin destination
  8. Shipping Service (Priority Mail, Same-Day, etc.): This section tells you the type of service that was chosen to send the shipment from the origin destination. 
  9. Unique Package Code: This unique numerical sequence is used to track the location of your package until it reaches your destination.

How to create a shipping label

There are many ways to create a shipping label online or in physical stores. You can create your label directly with the carrier. At SFL Worldwide, we allow you to print your prepaid labels right here on our website within seconds. We work with all leading carriers to get you some of the lowest discounted rates on all domestic and international shipping.

Our process is simple. Follow these steps to print your shipping label in seconds.

  • Schedule your shipment on our website with sender and receipt information along with package and payment details
  • Download and print prepaid shipping labels from any regular printer.
  • Drop off at the nearest drop-off location (FedEx, DHL, and UPS) or arrange a door pickup

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How do you write the shipping address on a box?

Writing your receiver’s address seems simple enough. Yet it needs to be done with care and caution. Take your time to follow these steps when writing the shipping address on a box.

  • If handwriting address, use the largest, cleanest face of the box to write down your address. 
  • Use dark and opaque permanent markers that are waterproof and make it easy to read.
  • The sender’s address is usually written in the box’s upper-left corner, and the receiver’s address is in the middle of the box. 
  • Do not use commas or other punctuation marks between the lines. 
  • Include the zip code to ensure accurate delivery.

How and where to place the shipping label?

Make sure to place the labels on top of your package (whether it includes documents or simply a box of contents), so it can be fully visible and easily scanned at various checkpoints. Be sure the barcodes are easily scannable, and place the label inside a plastic wallet for further protection.

That’s it! You’re now ready to create and place your shipping label on all your shipments.

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