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The Ultimate Guide To Piggyback Labels

Whether you use a contract labelling service or you have your own labelling machinery on site, knowing the best type of labels for your products is crucial. Piggyback labels are a popular option for those who need to provide additional information, and you will notice they are used across a huge range of industries. In this guide, we are looking at what piggyback labels are, what they are used for and the pros and cons for your business.

What Is A Piggyback Label?

A piggyback label is a type of label which combines two layers together. It is essentially one label on top of another label, and usually the bottom layer is a permanent adhesive while the top layer can be altered. These kinds of labels are created from five layers: the face, adhesive, release line, more adhesive and a backing sheet. You can discard the top layer to reveal the bottom layer. Piggyback labels are very common, and most advanced labelling systems are able to handle them.

What Are Piggyback Labels Used For?

Piggyback labels can be applied onto any surface, and usually the top layer is designed to be removed and applied elsewhere. This could be by the customer, shipper, or business, depending on the application. You will often find piggyback labels being used for:

  • Feedback envelopes
  • Receipts
  • Return labels
  • Coupons
  • Product registrations
  • Warranty labels
  • Inventory systems
  • Important products which need two languages for shipping
  • Logistics paperwork copies

This kind of labelling is very commonplace and used across a range of industries every single day. There are a couple of different types of piggyback labels to choose from:

  • Nested piggyback labels: These have the top layer label nested into the bottom layer. They are easy for consumers to see and understand how to use, and they can be teared off without any hassle.
  • Flush cut labels: These are piggyback labels cut to the same size, which makes it less obvious there is a bottom layer. If a customer needs to peel back the layer, it can cause issues as they are difficult to peel and they may not notice the second layer is there.
  • Flush cut labels with tabs: Some manufacturers choose to use flush cut piggyback labels with a tab. This makes it obvious that it needs to be peeled and is easier to remove.

Benefits Of Piggyback Labels

There are many benefits to loading up your labelling machine with piggyback labels. If you are considering using these in your packaging design, then the benefits include:

  • Additional space for more information, particularly on small packages. Many food manufacturing businesses use these for allergy and ingredient information.
  • Transfer labels to a different location, great for logistics labels.
  • They can stick to any surface material, including plastic, metal, and cardboard.

Drawbacks Of Piggyback Labels

While piggyback labels bring many advantages, there are also some disadvantages that you must consider:

  • They can be difficult to see and tear off, which can be problematic for customers.
  • Piggyback labels are often more expensive because additional material and printing is required.

For more advice and guidance on whether piggyback labels are right for you and your labelling machinery, contact us today.