What Are Thermal Shipping Labels?

Easyship provides different label printing options that can be selected in Settings > Printing Options. One of the settings is 4”x 6” (Thermal Printer), which will generate shipping documents in full-page format.

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What is a Thermal Printer?

Thermal printers use heat to print on special thermochromic paper (thermal paper), to selectively turn areas black where heat is applied. Such printers create high-quality and durable images, which help the printing of objects like barcodes.  

Do You Need a Thermal Printer to Print in This Format?

Yes, a thermal printer and thermal paper are required for labels downloaded in this specific format to print properly. 

Do I Need a Thermal Printer to Ship?

Though there are many benefits to printing shipping documents with thermal printers, it is not a requirement for most shipping software platforms. Benefits of using a Thermal Printer include higher-quality printing and resistance to UV rays, liquids/oils, and volatile climates. If you are a high-volume shipper, a thermal printer may be worth the investment. 

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