Carton Sealing Solutions

A Brief Overview: Research Study Comparing Plastic Tape with Water-Activated Tape

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 4:09:45 PM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions

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Whether you’re shipping heavy packages, shipping delicate glassware, or striving to improve eCommerce packing and delivery, it’s critical that the items inside your shipping cartons arrive safely to their destination.   You want the user experience to delight your customers to ensure repeat purchases. Satisfied customers grow your business base and minimize costs caused by returned or damaged merchandise. A big part of ensuring carton security is using a versatile tape, so the carton can withstand the rigors of the shipping process.

When considering carton sealing tape, businesses generally choose between using plastic, pressure-sensitive tape and paper, water-activated tape. Past blogs have addressed the difference between the two tapes. Here we discuss the relative performance of the two types of tapes in a controlled research environment. The study was conducted by an independent research firm, SGS North America, which was asked to analyze productivity and tape integrity. This post provides a brief overview of the test results of the independent testing. The complete test report can be found here.

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What are the Benefits of Preventative Maintenance for Water-Activated Tape Dispensers?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Better Packages posted in Water-Activated Tape Dispensers, Preventative Maintenance

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Water-activated tape, also commonly known as gummed tape, is an effective carton sealing solution that forms a strong and permanent bond. Water-activated tape (WAT) literally bonds to corrugated cartons. For your business, adhesion is important. It means your products stay safe in transit, and saves time and money in the shipping process. 

Since WAT requires a dispenser to wet and cut the tape efficiently, you will need to perform a few simple maintenance tasks to make sure that your company achieves these advantages consistently. You may wonder why these tasks are required? This post offers an overview of the benefits of preventative maintenance for water-activated tape dispensers.

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Ask Your Distributors What Your Customers Want

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 9:23:21 AM / by Andrea Obston posted in Better Packages' 100 Year Anniversary

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Successful companies know how important it is to learn what customers need. One of best sources is their distributor network. Companies that want to get close to their end-users should build a network of Tier One distributors and listen to them,” advises Marc Schaible, Business Development Director for Better Packages, an IPG brand. “IPG has found that building this kind of selective authorized distributor network is critical to success. These exceptional distributors act as a bridge to customers. They are key to understanding customers’ needs and the ways a product satisfies them.”

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The Successful Shipping Manager: Picking and Packing

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 3:38:01 PM / by Better Packages posted in Water Activated Tape

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As a shipping manager, you need a variety of skills to master the complex task of making sure your company’s orders are shipped and delivered safe and on-time. To be successful in this position, you must be well-versed in budgeting and reporting, organized, have good leadership skills and communicate well. Increasingly, a shipping manager must be comfortable working with information systems and reporting to management on activities and issues.

This blog focuses on the picking and packing portion of the shipping manager’s job. A business can receive many benefits by focusing on picking and packing including increasing worker productivity and enhancing security. Read this blog to learn about picking and packing and the successful shipping manager.

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Lessons From the Factory Floor

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Andrea Obston posted in Better Packages' 100 Year Anniversary

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Want to make your products better? Start with your shop floor. Involve your employees early and often. They know how to make your products better. When companies make their employees a key part of their continuous quality improvement programs, they make superior products a reality, not a wish. 

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How to Safely Pack and Ship Glassware

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2017 11:37:00 AM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Safety, eCommerce, Shipping Glassware, Shipping Fragile Items

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Packaging and shipping glassware can seem fraught with risk. However, there are a few steps you can take to help remove the stress out of the packing and shipping process.

This post examines several tips that will help you to ensure that you safely pack and ship glassware.

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E-Commerce Customer Packing and Delivery Expectations

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 4:13:19 PM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions, eCommerce

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Your e-commerce customer’s perception of your company is influenced by the way you handle order delivery. E-commerce customers have an increasingly high bar when it comes to customer satisfaction, and that includes speed of delivery, product security and branding. Fall short of expectations, and your customers are likely to move on to another company that will meet their requirements. As noted in the acclaimed book, Leading on the Edge of Chaos, by Daryl R. Conner, if you can reduce your customer defection rate by 5%, you can increase your profitability by 25%-125%. Read this blog to learn how to meet your customers’ delivery expectations.

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How Can Gummed Tape Benefit My Business?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 11:29:00 AM / by Better Packages posted in Water Activated Tape, Carton Sealing Solutions

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What is your company’s goal when shipping products? It is to make sure the products inside the corrugated cartons are delivered in perfect condition. If you are successful, your customers are satisfied and your company’s costs are reduced.

To keep your products protected, you’ll need a versatile sealing solution so your cartons can withstand the shipping process and your business can run cost-effectively. Sealing solution elements to consider include harsh handling treatment, theft, productivity, and branding. One sealing product, reinforced water-activated tape, also known as gummed tape, is uniquely suitable to stand up to the shipping challenge. This post highlights how gummed tape can benefit your business.

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Manual Vs. Electric Tape Dispenser: Which Is Better?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 10, 2017 2:54:18 PM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions

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People often ask which water-activated tape dispenser is better, electric or manual? The more relevant question to consider is which dispenser best meets your packaging needs? Once you have a clear understanding of your company’s packing situation and the features that are available on various dispensers, you'll have a better understanding of what style gummed paper tape dispenser will work best for you.

On the most basic level, you want to decide if you need a manual tape dispenser or an electric tape dispenser. This blog will help you differentiate between the two types of water-activated tape dispensers so you can choose the one that works best for your application.

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How Your Customers Can Help You Build Better Machines

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2017 1:10:30 PM / by Andrea Obston posted in Better Packages' 100 Year Anniversary

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Want to manufacture a machine that builds customer loyalty? Make sure your customers help you build it. And then change it. And make it better. Companies that understand the critical role their customers can play in creating and improving their machines are the companies that last.

“By partnering with our customers over the years, we have been able to provide simple, safe packaging solutions that have created long-term customers. It’s a collaboration that has helped us evolve our products over our 100 year history to satisfy changing customer needs. We start by finding out what their needs are in terms of functionality, cost and production. Then, we design a product that not only meets their requirements, but also reflects their definition of machine excellence, “says Allen Crowe, Director of Engineering & Product Support for Better Packages, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intertape Polymer Group (IPG). In 2017, Better Packages, Inc. and IPG’s Central® brand of water-activated tape are jointly celebrating 100-year anniversaries.

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