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What Are the Top Mistakes to Avoid When Shipping Glassware?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 2:35:22 PM / by Better Packages posted in Packaging Challenges, Shipping Glassware, Packaging Tips

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Packing glassware and other fragile items can be challenging. The last thing you want is for your breakables to arrive at their destination cracked, shattered, or otherwise damaged. Here’s a guide to help you avoid making costly mistakes when preparing your glassware for shipping.

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Top 4 Packaging Tips for the e-Commerce Automotive Aftermarket

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2017 1:03:00 PM / by Better Packages posted in Automotive Industry, Packaging Tips

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The automotive aftermarket industry has seen unprecedented growth in the last few years, thanks largely to the boom of online auto parts sales. According to Hedges & Company, online sales of auto parts in the U.S. have now risen to roughly $7.5 billion per year.

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Differences Between Gummed Tape Dispensers and Hand-Held Tape Guns

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 2:54:00 PM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions, Packaging Challenges

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If companies don’t know their carton sealing options, they tend to default to using hand-held tape guns with plastic tape. Most people are familiar with tape guns since they are readily available through a wide variety of distribution channels and are relatively inexpensive. However, with e-commerce growing rapidly and becoming an increasingly important part of company’s revenue mix, it is important to understand an alternative carton sealing approach; water-activated tape (WAT) dispensed by gummed tape dispensers. Understanding the differences between gummed tape dispensers and hand-held tape guns will help you choose the most effective approach for your company. 

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4 Common Mistakes Made When Shipping Heavy Packages

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2017 3:32:25 PM / by Better Packages

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Shipping heavy packages can be challenging and mistakes expensive. To avoid missteps, read this blog to learn about 4 mistakes commonly made when shipping heavy packages.

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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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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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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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