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Why is My Label not Sticking?



BLOG POST - february 13, 2019

Why is My Label not Sticking?

There can be many reasons why a label isn’t adhering well to a surface – and there are ways to fix it too! The quality of adhesive of the label as well as the cleanliness, temperature , shape and texture of the surface to which you’re applying your labels can affect how well the adhesive works. So what can you do to make your labels stay on?

– Check that your label has a high-quality adhesive and the correct type of adhesive for the temperature and surface you’re applying it onto.  With labels, it’s the application  temperature that’s crucial. If you are applying labels in a cold or frozen environment, you’ll need a special cold temp or freezer adhesive (think snow tires!). If you’re putting labels onto a wet surface, you’ll also want to ensure it’s an aggressive adhesive made for moisture.

– Check the surface is clean and does not have oily or waxy residue on it. A bond will only be created when the label adheres onto the surface. Dust, dirt and other residues will impact that adhesion.

– For very small containers, or unusual shapes or textures, we recommend a small overlap for your label so that it has a slight overlap when applied, which will prevent edges from lifting.

Sometimes pressure-sensitive labels aren’t the ideal solution in every application and you may want to discuss shrinksleeve labels with us to see if your container and application would be suitable for these.

PRX Print uses only high-quality North American label material and adhesives. We have the label experience needed to consult with you about your specific application and recommend the best label size, shape, material and adhesive. Call a label expert at PRX Print today! (905) 670-2014


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Should you print your labels in house yourself or outsource to a label company?

Should you print your labels in house yourself or outsource to a label company? You’ve probably heard of the saying, “If you want something done well, do it yourself.” However, if you don’t have the right tools, knowledge, and experience, you’ll probably regret it and waste a lot of time and money. The decision comes down to a few factors: the simplicity or complexity of your label design, material and adhesive, how many labels you need to print, and what kind of product look and market you’re after. If your label design is simple, the material and adhesive are standard,  and you don’t need that many labels, then printing your own labels is worth considering, but if your labels are more complex (shapes, sizes or specialty material such as gloss, foil or textured), require a special adhesive (for cold temperatures, moisture resistance or removable applications, for instance), or if your product has a speciality or niche appeal for high-end or major retailers and up against many competing brands, you’ll want to hire an established label printing company to elevate the look of your product with high-quality labels.

Hiring a professional will give you greater peace of mind that your labels will look and work great. At PRX Print, we have many customers who started out printing their own labels and then switched to us to print their labels because they’re looking for a higher quality or can’t keep up with demand, or their equipment is too costly to operate and maintain.

PRX Print prints high-quality pressure-sensitive adhesive labels, shrinksleeve labels, digitally printed pouches, retail boxes, tags, signs and banners, and more. We have a team of packaging professionals including a full-time graphic designer to assist you with your artwork and layout needs as well as determining the best solution at the best price for your packaging requirements. Call us today! (905) 670-2014


All About Adhesives!

There are many different adhesives available for labels. Here are the basic types:

Cold/Freezer Temperature: Enables a pressure-sensitive label to adhere when applied to refrigerated or frozen substrates generally +35 F or colder.

Permanent: High adhesion; usually cannot be removed without destroying the label. This is the most common adhesive and ideal for warehouse cartons or products at room temperature.

Removable: Low adhesion; can usually be removed from the substrate without pieces remaining on the surface. May cause damage to the surface of some materials. After a period of time or exposure to weather, the removable label becomes permanent.

Textile: An adhesive that removes cleanly from fabric. If left on the fabric for extended periods of time, staining may occur. Should not be used on velvet, fur, suede, leather or plastic. Ideal for clothing return labels.

Ultra Removable/Repositionable: Adhesive that allows a label to be reapplied in another area and is not limited to the number of times it can be repositioned. Repositionable adhesive does not gain permanency over time. Use for windows, glass and other surfaces where clean removal is essential.

PRX Print will work with you to determine the most effective adhesive for your label application. Contact us for your help with your next requirement!


If your product could speak to your customer, what would you want it to say?

With Augmented Reality (AR) labels, you can communicate directly with prospective customers and end users, engaging them with an exciting “life-like” experience! Educate consumers, promote your product and convert more sales with talking labels that bring your brand to life like nothing else can!

How does it work? Users download and open a free app on their mobile device and scan your label for an entire virtual experience – “live” information about your product, video instructions for use, fun and exciting contests and much more! The possibilities are endless! Use your pressure-sensitive label to differentiate your product, maximize its impact and call consumers to action.

Augmented Reality labels will deliver powerful and valuable analytics as part of your company’s marketing strategy. Along with demonstrating your product in an innovative and engaging way, they facilitate data collection with full analytics and “pay per scan” detailed, quantified statistics. Available for any budget level!

Call the label experts at PRX Print for more information about how your company can employ AR labelling!   (905) 670-2014



Have a lot to say? Try FLIPOVER! Labels from PRX Print!

PRX Print’s innovative FLIPOVER! label construction allows full colour printing on the back of labels for additional information such instructions for use, recipes, safety data and more! The additional space for colourful verbiage and graphics gives you more room on the front of your label to promote your product while adding space on the reverse side of the label for other information without adding material cost or having to cover up more of your product. FLIPOVER! labels from PRX Print are great idea for small packages, multi-language labelling or adding usage and promotional information to help consumers!


QR Codes – What are they?

Why should your company use QR codes on your labels and packaging? What are the benefits?

QR Codes, Quick Response codes, are like barcodes on steroids. They are popular as a low-cost, direct link to the online world, and universal accessibility to smartphone users. QR codes allow your company to engage potential customers in a positive way by allowing them to scan your product’s QR code on its label, be directly linked to product features, benefits, promotions or end user surveys.

At PRX Print, we will generate scannable, high-resolution QR codes and integrate them into your artwork. You can even choose a custom colour for your QR code! Call us today to help you leverage this inexpensive marketing tool and increase brand awareness and sales! or (905) 670-2014 or


Barcodes – What are they and how do I get one for my Product?

Zebras each have their own personal pattern of unique stripes, similar to how humans have their own unique fingerprints that sets us apart from everyone else. Barcodes also have their own unique and distinctive patterns in the retail world. When you want to sell your products through a large retailer, each product will have to have its own barcode. Barcodes – which are sometimes known as UPC symbols (uniform product code) are effective in tracking inventory as it allows both you and the retailer to keep track of number of products sold, and they link information through the chain of production, warehousing, distribution, sales and service. This can increase your proficiency and precision while enabling compliance with requirements from retailers.

There are different types of symbologies that barcodes come in (the encoding of the single digits/characters of the message as well as the start and stop markers into bars and space, the size of the quiet zone required to be before and after the barcode as well as the computation of a check digit). UPC symbologies in Canada for instance, are arranged as follows:

“Human readable” – twelve digits that make up the UPC number
“Machine readable” – the first six digits identify the manufacturer
“Machine readable” – the next five digits identify the item
“Machine readable” – the check digit is last, ensuring the item scans properly

If you have products that will be part of a large retailing process, it is best to ensure that you comply with GS1 standards. GS1 is an international standards organization which provides globally used and recognized barcodes. They ensure that your particular codes are unique to only your business. Become a member of GS1 at in order to obtain your product codes. Once you have your codes, it is best to have an internal software system to maintain your database of your products and their barcodes. Once this is done you will easily be able to integrate your barcode into the packaging or labelling of your product.

PRX Print has many services to help our clients with their barcoding needs

In the design phase of your labels of packaging, we will come up with creative designs to ensure optimal placement of your barcodes. We show our customers how to avoid common problems like non-compliant barcodes, and barcodes that do not scan because of poor sizing, placement or legibility. We will also help with the tricky art of placing barcodes on shrinksleeve labels. This helps you avoid mistakes resulting in retailer penalties or returned products that could end up being very costly for you.
Another service we provide is service bureau imprinting of barcodes and sequentially numbered or static data. We not only have the equipment and the labelling software, but also the expertise to ensure we deliver high-quality and reliable labels that are guaranteed to scan with 100% compliance.