Shipping labels provide important descriptive details about the contents and routing of the package(s) to which they are affixed; normally, one shipping label is attached to each individual package being shipped to a customer.
The key elements of a shipping label are: destination address, originator return address, purchase order number, shipping date, and contents of package. Purchase order number in particular is very important because it provides a key cross reference for the intended recipient of the shipment.
Clear and descriptive shipping labels are very important for customs inspection when you are shipping packages internationally. Also, if your package is going to a large organization, the better the shipping labels, the better the chance of your package reaching the intended recipient.
The sample Shipping Labels below were set up in MS-Word and contain all of the key information elements that should be included in a standard shipping label.
Shipping Label – Sample Format