Selecting a high-quality packaging tape might not seem very exciting, but it’s an important component of any successful e-commerce operation. By taking the time to research the various options, you can improve shipping efficiency and keep customers happy.
Many business owners fail to recognize the importance of sturdy, reliable tape until it results in damaged goods or product theft. Instead of waiting for this type of scenario to occur, take preemptive action. It’s a much more effective strategy and will help keep things running smoothly. When buying packaging tape, consider the following:
1.) The warehouse environment. Where do you store products before packaging and sending them out? A temperature-controlled warehouse? A musty basement? The garage of your home? Environmental factors like heat, humidity and even the amount of dust in the air all affect the adhesive properties and durability of packaging tape. If you’re based in a wet area of the country, like the Pacific Northwest, you might need a tape that’s able to withstand moisture. If you’re in the Southwest, where temperatures get above 90 on the regular, select something that’s designed for even the harshest conditions.
2.) The type of packaging you use. What type of boxes do you ship products in? Corrugated cardboard is different than recycled cardboard, and recycled cardboard is different than printed packaging. Different tapes are designed for different applications. The materials your shipping boxes are made of directly affect the packaging tapes’ ability to do their job. If you have questions about the type of tape that will most benefit your operation, call (801) 201-1520 or submit an online inquiry here.
3.) The tape’s grade. The word “grade” refers to a tape’s unique structure, including its thickness, adhesive properties and holding power. Every type of packaging tape has a different grade. Lower-grade tapes are generally more affordable and designed for lightweight applications like crosstown deliveries. Higher-grade tapes are thicker and longer-lasting. They’re designed for cross-country or international shipments.
4.) How the tape is applied. You can apply packaging tape in one of two ways: manually with a tape dispenser or automatically with a case sealing machine. If you operate a large business that sends out hundreds or even thousands of packages each week, you probably use a sealing machine. If you’re a small startup, manual packaging may make more sense. We can help you make the right decision that aligns with your budget and business needs.
If you need help selecting the right type of packaging tape, get in touch. Fill out an online contact form or call us today.