If you’re shipping packages on a regular basis, you probably know that the right label type can make a big difference in how your shipments are received. One of the most popular label types is direct thermal labels, which have several benefits over other choices. Direct thermal labels use an inkless printing process that’s fast and efficient, meaning they don’t require ink ribbons or toner cartridges. Plus, they’re often cheaper than other label types because they require less material to produce. Below we’ll take a closer look at these five benefits of using direct thermal labels on your shipping needs:

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Direct thermal labels don’t require ink ribbons or toner cartridges

Direct thermal labels don’t require ink ribbons or toner cartridges. They’re made of heat-sensitive paper and are used with a direct thermal printer, which prints the same way as laser printers, but with different technology. The label material is coated with a special chemical that reacts to heat and turns brown when it reaches a specific temperature (usually around 180°C). When the label passes beneath your printer, you simply apply pressure to make it go through.

The result is crisp text and images that look like they were printed on a regular sheet of paper—but without having to install new ink or toner every time you want to print!

Direct thermal printers use less energy than other printers

Direct thermal printers are more efficient than other types of printers. They use less energy to print, and this means they’re kinder to the environment and to your wallet. They also allow you to save money on consumables like ink, toner and ribbon.

The printing process is fast and efficient

One of the biggest advantages of direct thermal labels is that they are fast and efficient. Even though it’s not a printed label, direct thermal labels do not require any ink or toner to be applied. This means they can be printed in just a matter of seconds, making them ideal for use in mass production environments where speed is important.

As this printing process is so quick, it also helps cut down on potential errors and other problems associated with traditional printing methods such as offset lithography or digital printing.

You can find a direct thermal printer that meets your unique needs

When you’re shopping for a direct thermal label printer, you’ll find that there are many options available. Not only do direct thermal printers come in a wide range of sizes, but they also come in two different styles: handheld and desktop. Handheld units are smaller and can be used on the go while desktop versions are bulkier and generally require more desk space.

In addition to these variations between devices, there are also different types of direct thermal printers available—you can purchase an industrial-grade device if your business has high-volume printing needs or opt for a low-cost version if your company is just getting started with label printing. Because these machines can be utilized with so many different computer systems (Windows®, MacOS®, Linux®, etc.), it’s likely that there will be one out there that works well with what you already have in place!

Direct thermal labels make shipping faster and easier.

You can get a lot of benefits from using direct thermal labels. They are durable and can withstand harsh conditions, they’re easy to read and understand, they’re easy to apply, they can be used for a variety of applications and they’re versatile.


Direct thermal labels are a great option for many businesses, but it’s important to choose the right printer for your specific needs. If you have any questions about direct thermal printing, please get in touch with us today!

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