When running a business that supplies products for customers, it is important to have simple and affordable return procedures. Of course, sometimes that responsibility has to fall on the customer, but for products that are not functioning correctly or have been damaged in shipping or were simply picked off the warehouse shelf wrong, providing customers with a prepaid return label is a good way to show caring and appreciation for their business.
The first step is to set up an account with a major shipping company. Most of these operations will have a website that you can access to set up the logistics of a prepaid label. Because it is a return, all of the packages will be coming to back to the same address, so once it is typed in, adjustments will not need to be made again. The only thing that may need to be adjusted for every tag is the pickup address, though only applicable if the shipping option is not the United State Postal Service.
Having a reliable printer that can print on thermal labels, standard paper and envelopes is a must. Return tags can be generated in different styles, with thermal labels being the easiest in general. However, printing return information directly on an envelope will simplify the process for users that have purchase small products. A label printed on plain paper may need to be accompanied by a clear envelope that is sticky on the back so consumers can simple attach it to the box.
Not only is it important to have the address clearly printed on the label, but most carriers require a bar code on the label that can easily be scanned and sorted at the facilities. The printer that is being used to generate these return tags must be able to deliver a completely pure bar code.