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Frontier Label

Founded in 2004, Frontier Label is a 100% digital printer of self-adhesive labels and stickers. Our pressure sensitive labels are used in hundreds of applications worldwide, and our customers range from entrepreneurs launching their first product to Fortune 100 companies.

Our goal is to produce high-quality custom labels and stickers for every customer. Whether you need 500 or 5,000 labels, our customer service representatives will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. Unique requests are met with enthusiasm, and we strive to make your ordering experience fun and easy. We know your focus is your business - let Frontier Label partner with you for your quick, cost-effective, and high quality custom labels and stickers.

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Are you looking to maximize value without sacrificing quality or time on your custom labels? Our Live Pricing Tool helps you optimize your order - simply adjust label size, total number of labels, shape, colors, and materials to fit your needs and your budget.

With our custom digital printing solution, we can help you avoid plate charges, print setup fees, and artwork setup fees. Multiple designs can be printed in a single order if they share the same size, shape, material, and laminate. And if you need assistance with your existing artwork, just let one of our customer service representatives know

We are a fast-growing leader in our industry, and we want to create the highest quality custom labels and stickers for you.


This blog is all about labels and stickers.

Pendleton Place Benefit Breakfast

Pendleton Place for Children and Families

We have had the privilege of supporting and contributing to a local non-profit, Pendleton Place, for the last couple of years. We are proud of how they are shaping families and foster care in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Recently, we had the chance to support and attend their main fundraiser of the year, the Pendleton Place Benefit Breakfast. This gathering of supporters new and old was a great way to stand together for children and families in our area.

This organization has helped hundreds of children over its rich history. Here is just one of those stories.

It is great to know that we can be helpful in some small way in lives like this.

Without the business of our customers, we would not have the opportunity to support the incredible folks over at Pendleton Place.

Thank you to all of the customers who have helped us help a very worthy cause! Who knew that custom labels could turn into changed lives?

If you are a business owner, how are you helping enrich or support the people in your local area? Let us know about the impact you are making, as we each turn “just doing business” into changing the world around us.

Time is Money for Custom Labels


This is a clock with the 3 replaced by a dollar sign.

“Ain’t nobody got time for that.” – Sweet Brown

Just like our beloved friend Sweet Brown, we know that there are some things that no one has time for.

In terms of business, time is often equated with money – wasted time is wasted money.

We don’t want to be a cause for anyone to have wasted money while waiting on their custom labels or stickers to arrive.

To help with that, we offer a standard 3 business day turnaround. This is an approximation because we could have a larger than normal work load or a machine could be down for a period of time. This puts a hiccup in our work flow, and the 3 days could turn into 4 or 5.

While a lot of companies who print labels offer much longer turnaround times, we try our hardest to get the labels out the door as closely to 3 business days as possible, if not faster.

If you have to sit around with people waiting on the shipment of packaging supplies, labels, or other necessary elements, you are losing money by paying people to sit and wait. We know that for small businesses, this is especially difficult and could make or break a quarter or year depending on the scale and frequency of your product packaging.

With our standard turnaround time, we don’t include the time it takes for proofs to be approved, or for other options to be included in the production of your custom printed labels. The options could include matching a PANTONE® color, printing variable data elements, ordering a custom die or selecting a printed proof.

For color matching, we add 1 business day for each 5 colors to match because of the time it takes to calibrate the press for your specific colors.

For variable data printing, we add 2-3 business days to cover the time it can take to generate all of the elements and the associated print files.

For custom dies, we add 2 business days because of the process of ordering the physical tool from its manufacturer and having it shipped to us.

For printed proofs, we add 2 business days because we have to print it out and then ship it to you. After you receive the proof, you have to log into your account and approve or disapprove the proof. For every time we have to send a new printed proof, we will charge you for the shipping of the new proof and it will add 2 more business days to the total length of the process.

As you can see, adding options can extend the processing time for the total order. But, you can help keep the total time lower by promptly responding to phone calls, emails and proofs which are sent to you via email or shipped with UPS. The longer it takes you to respond to our contacts and proofs, the longer the total process will be for you to receive your finished labels.

If things are taking longer than you expected, you can always change the timeline with one of two methods. The first is to upgrade your order from 3 business day processing to 1 business day expedited processing. This comes with a standard charge of $295 per 10,000 labels. This removes 2 business days from the total processing time. If you have additional options which extend the total process, it may take longer than one business day.

The second way to shorten the length of processing is to change your shipping option to a quicker delivery method. If you requested ground shipping, it may be a good idea to upgrade to 3 Day Select or 2nd Day Air delivery if you are on the West Coast, if you are East of the Mississippi, you may wish to upgrade to Next Day Air. The cost of upgrade for shipping is almost always less than the cost for upgrading overall processing time.

We will do everything that we can to help you get your labels as quickly as possible. Please help us by responding in a timely fashion to our contacts and proofs. We can help each other save money and time by working together on quicker turnarounds.

If you have any questions or concerns about your current or future orders, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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December 2014 Discount Coupon is Here!

December Discount on Custom Printed Labels from Frontier Label

Happy Holidays!

In order to help everyone have a more merry end of the year, we are doing a very special discount.

This code will be usable 3 times per customer. That means you can save a total of $75 this month. That means that you will have to place 3 separate orders to take full advantage of this offer.

We want to really show the love to our consistent customers, not just our new customers this month as we close out 2014.

The code is as follows: 801425

You can enter that code in the bottom right side of the Address and Payment page of the checkout process.

We would love to help you with any custom label or sticker needs you may have this month. Feel free to call 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page if you have any questions or concerns.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A pumpkin pie slice.

We are currently closed in observation (and celebration) of Thanksgiving Day.

We will also be closed tomorrow Friday, November 28. So much shopping to do.

Make sure to support local stores, artists and craftspeople this Holiday season by shopping small (local).

We are thankful for so many things. We have health, great jobs, wonderful customers and a SC fall that is actually cold!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and we look forward to helping you with all of your custom label and sticker needs when we return on Monday, December 1.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours and Processing

Two turkeys in a field.

Heads up!

We will be closed all day next Thursday and Friday in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with our families and friends.

If you need to buy custom labels before then, we advise getting in your orders now.

We will work our hardest to get the labels to you in a timely fashion. This is a very busy season for everyone, and we are no exception. With so many people ordering for the Holiday season, we have a higher than normal work load. We will try to get all orders processed in our standard 3 business day timeline, but that is an approximate. We may take longer to get your labels to you.

If you are in a rush for your labels, we do have an expedite option to process the order in 1 business day. This is a guaranteed timeline. The only exception is when additional options like a custom die or color matching are purchased.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns for existing orders. Call 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Buy Custom Labels

Retail shelving with many packaging variations.

Being unique can be the difference between a product sitting on a shelf and a product being in a cart on the way to checkout.

For products that sell at retail, we recommend taking a chance and allowing the packaging to help make the sale.

We have posted several times about how packaging can impact sales as the best and last salesman that most people encounter on behalf of your product.

When you buy custom labels instead of printing them yourself, you can save a lot of time and possibly a lot of money in wages, toner, and materials. With the highest rated desktop inkjet printers, your best hope is to match our pricing at 1000 quantity of 2″ x 4″ on Avery labels. And that is if everything goes perfectly with both time and resources. Any wasted sheets or toner or time would put printing at home as a more costly option. This, of course, does not take into account the cost of the printer itself.

So, you could go with a stock label from a company that sells templates. That could save you some money; but will it increase your sales? To have a label that looks like what anyone and everyone can put on their product says nothing unique about you, your company or your product. Why should someone pick your product off the shelf and take a closer look?

If you choose to buy custom labels, we can print them for you and help you get noticed on the shelf. That purchase could result in higher contact rate, greater exposure and a sense of memorable-ness. Even if a customer does not purchase your label in that moment, if they can remember it when they have walked away, you are in a much better position to have their attention next time your product is in their presence.

During the Holiday season, it is essential to get the attention of prospective buyers, the options seem to increase exponentially during this part of the year. Even if you currently use custom labelling, making a change like a metallic material, matte laminate or a textured label can further set your product apart.

We wish you the best of luck this Holiday season and may your sales be the best they have ever been.

We would love to help you with any questions or design needs you might have. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Introduction to Label Printing and Ordering

Label Printing Press in Action

What are labels, anyway?

A label is a part of packaging for a product or item so that those who are not the manufacturer or producer can have an understanding of the product or item.

In the printing and packaging world, labels are often called “package decorations.” This is because labels are often used to improve the appearance of the product packaging, not just convey information.

Many label printing companies will simply call them custom labels or stickers, which is what we do. We are a label printing company, and we love to help people craft beautiful labels to enhance their products.

Labels are different from tags. Tags are usually affixed to a surface by some means other than an adhesive. The labels that we print are pressure-sensitive. That means that the adhesive is activated by apply some pressure to the label against the surface to which you want to apply it. Stickers are made of the same materials and in the same process as labels, but instead of going on an end product, they are the end product.

If you would like to order some custom printed labels, here is a guide:

The first step to getting your labels printed is to create your design. You can use any method you would like. You can hand draw, paint, use a computer program to design the label. We recommend using a common program like Adobe’s Photoshop or Illustrator; but there are many other options available at various price points. If you create the design, or one of the design elements, by hand, you will more than likely need to scan that creation into a digital file. This is the easiest way for label printers to prepare designs for printing.

The second step is to make sure that the design elements fit into the size and shape label that you intend to purchase and use on your product or for your event. You can use this guide to measure the size of custom label that you need.

The third step is to get a quote and begin the ordering process. At Frontier Label, you can go to our Live Pricing page to get a quote that is accurate and updates with every change you make so that you can see how the price is affected by options and specifications. Some printing companies work differently from us, but we take payment during the ordering process before you get your proof. If you are not satisfied with the proof, you can simply cancel the order for a full refund minus the cost of the proof.

The fourth step involves a proof. If you order a proof, this is where you would approve or disapprove it. This process of receiving a proof and either approving or disapproving can happen several times if the artwork needs changes or is not set up properly. We advise calling for clarification in setting up your artwork if you have not done this before with a specific printing company. When the proof is approved, the process changes into production from preparation.

Here is a rough guide to how the printing and label converting process flows:

The first step is internal file preparation. For all companies this will look and proceed differently. For Frontier Label, the files are normally ready for print as soon as the proof is approved. Some companies using traditional methods of printing will have to spend time setting up trapping and other measures to ensure more accurate reproduction in printing.

The second step is the creation of the image plate. With traditional printing techniques, this can take days for plates to be ordered, created and shipped. The plates are necessary for the ink to be transferred to the material. With traditional rotary style presses, there is a roller that picks up the ink, and one that transfers the ink to the image plate. With our press, there is an electronic plate drawn on-the-fly. Part of the reason that digital printing is much faster than traditional printing is because the process doesn’t require physical plates to be created.

The third step is the image transfer from the image plate to the material. On a traditional press the image plate transfers the ink to the material. This process happens separately for every single ink color ordered. With inkjet digital presses, the writing heads in the press simply print the image linearly, like on a desktop inkjet. Each color has its own writing head set. On our press, the electronic plate is drawn, which picks up the appropriate ink layers and then transfers the ink to the material. This happens almost instantly.

The fourth step is for the inks to dry. Traditional presses require UV curing techniques or some other method to get the inks to dry before they can be laminated. This can take seconds or days depending upon the method. With digital printing, the drying happens in a matter of seconds for most processes.

The fifth step is for the material to be flood-coated or laminated. Some materials don’t require this sort of coating to protect the ink from scratches or smearing. Traditional printing processes often use a flood-coating technique where a wet varnish is applied to the labels and is then dried using UV or some other technique. Again, that could take seconds or days. If a special type of varnish imprint is needed, another plate must be ordered to accommodate that process. We use self-wound laminates which go on completely dry and don’t take any time to setup. This thin material protects from scratches, scuffs and smearing.

The sixth step is to convert the printed material to individual labels. This process is usually fairly identical between label converters. A die tool is used to stamp the shape into the material and the waste is removed from around the shape. This is how kiss-cut labels are made. The die kisses the material instead of cutting straight through. The pressure of the machine on the tool causes the material and laminate or varnish to pop apart precisely instead of being cut directly. There are other methods of conversion, but we won’t get into them here.

The seventh step is finishing. This is the part where the rolls are slip apart, cleaned up and the labels are rolled onto new cores. Some converters will rewind and splice rolls together no matter what. We will do splicing only if requested, so your labels come more quickly in general. We try to make sure that the rolls are clean and orderly when they are boxed up and shipped to you.

There you have it! A rough guide to the whole process of label printing.

We would love to help you with any custom label or sticker needs you may have. If you have any questions give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Label Printing in 2014

This is a picture of a vintage printing press.

There are a lot of options in the label printing world right now.

You can choose between many different styles of printing, including rotogravure, flexographic, offset, or inkjet and other digital options.

All of the different printing types offer benefits and draw backs. Knowing which method to use can make a big difference in overall cost, cost per label, turnaround time and volume potential.

As this year has progressed, some of the staple brands in flexographic printing have premiered a hybrid version including some digital elements.

For absolute speed of printing, offset printing generally takes the cake for high volume. However, turnaround time is lowest for lower volume jobs printed on digital presses.

1. Offset Printing – 3000′ per minute

2. Gravure Printing – 2700′ per minute

3. Flexographic Printing – 2000′ per minute

4. Digital (Inkjet) Printing – 833′ per minute

5. Digital (Electroink) Printing – 137′ per minute

Most of the label printing industry is done on flexo presses. This portion of the industry has been leading for the last 40 years or so, but that is changing with the advances in digital printing technology and speed.

Now, some of the digital presses are gaining speed close to standard label printing speeds of flexographic presses (250-1000′ per minute).

For turnaround time, the list in pretty much in reverse.

1. Digital (both Inkjet and Electroink) – 1-10 days

2. Rotary (Flexo, Gravure and Offset) – 10-60 days

The type of printing impacts speed of printing, but also speed of delivery. Because there are so many steps involved in beginning the printing process for rotary printing, it can take a very long time to get the labels delivered on a lower volume order. For digital printing, the order may have to be at press for a very long time to complete the same high volume order because the speed is so low comparatively.

The differences are worth weighing out to see which style of printing will best suit your needs, budget-wise and time-wise.

We work with a digital press that uses electroink technology. This style of printing is very high quality for resolution, does not have registration errors and has an extremely quick turnaround time. We can get your order processed and ready to ship the same business day.*

If you have any questions or would like help getting one of our live quotes, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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* In order to get the order shipped out the same day, you have to place your order by 10am EST via our website, paying with a credit card, and select no proof or electronic proof so that it can be moved into production as quickly as possible. Delays in proof approval, or addition of most options can delay your processing even if you pay for an expedite.

November 2014 New Customer Coupon Code

Picture of trees turning colors in the Fall.

It is the time of year that things get a little crazy for people prepping for the Holiday Season.

There are so many things to do, labels to print and spices to package. How will you get it all done?

We don’t know. But good luck!

A little help from your friendly, neighborhood custom label shop could go a long way this year. So, to help out, we are offering new customers a coupon code good for $25 off an order this month.

Here is the code: 501484

Simply enter that code on the Address and Payment page of the checkout process and you will be relieved to find $25 taken off the subtotal.

There are plenty of ways to save money, like putting all of your various flavors, mixes or roasts in one order. If they are the same specifications, then it is considered one order. You can enjoy the benefits of bulk pricing! That could be the difference between 10 orders of 1000 2″ x 4″ labels being a total of $2,535.70 and combining them to total $614.48. That is quite a savings by choosing Frontier Label for your digital printing.

Let us know if you have any questions by giving us a call at 877-277-4682 or clicking the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Writing on Your Custom Printed Labels

A custom label that a customer wrote upon.

Have you ever been to a store and there is a smattering of options of jams or spreads in the gourmet food section, and choosing the best one feels overwhelming. A seemingly insignificant detail that catches your eye.

And that’s it. You’re convinced. It’s now on the way to your house, riding shotgun.

How did that even happen? What was that detail?

It could have been the variety of spread written out with a black permanent marker.

All of the rest of the jams probably had a complex computer generated label that makes them seem more manufactured than crafted.

There is something both endearing and legitimizing about hand-written pieces of information on labels.

In order to take advantage of the power of hand-written labeling, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. For retail products, it is best to use handwriting as a design element, not as the entire label. You want to give the impression that everything is done intentionally and with precision, but you also want to give the impression that real people are involved. This humanizes the product, making it seem more accessible.

2. Having a specific area where the writing is located brings a level of consistency and intentionality that can enhance a product. This keeps the person writing in check as far as formatting, and keeps the customer from having to hunt for information.

3. Using a script typeface is good, but not as effective for small batch items. If you have a larger run with too many items to write on each one by hand, this is a good option. It still breaks up the mechanical or slick look of a design and brings some whimsicality to the label.

4. We recommend using a non-laminated material to make the writing process easier. Some of the combinations of material, laminate and writing utensil give mixed results. We have not found a sure fire solution for working with our gloss or matte laminates. Different brands of pens or permanent markers achieve results as various as working some of the time to smearing off every time. In order to avoid smearing or inconsistency, we suggest our Estate 4 and 9 papers, Recycled Kraft paper or Avon Classic Crest® brilliant white paper.

Our friends over at We Took To The Woods have set a fantastic example of what those recommendations could look like. See the picture at the top of this post for a reference.

If you would like some help in picking the best material, designing your custom label or anything else, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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