Generally speaking, yes you need a printer to print the shipping label, and subsequently, apply it to the parcel. However, there are some services where it is not necessary to print a label and, therefore, you won't need a printer.
There are some carriers, in fact, that will apply the label to the parcel themselves when the parcel arrives in their warehouse. In these cases, you don't have to worry about finding a printer nearby.
How do I know if I need a printer? Simple, when you book a service on Packlink.com, you will be able to check if you need a printer for your shipment with the following icon:
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Best practices regarding your label:
- Even for services where no printer is required, you can still provide your own form of identification. For example, you can create your own "label" or write on the box the full delivery information (recipient's name, address, contact telephone number...).
- Whether you have purchased a service that requires a printer or a service that does not require it, do not forget to always request the pick-up slip from the courier. This is the proof that the chosen carrier has collected your shipment, and in what condition.
- Once you have printed your label, make sure that label is properly applied to the packaging, do not cover the barcode with tape as it could pose a problem for scanning.
- If you have used the label correctly, you will be able to track your shipment using the carrier's tracking number on their websites.