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Holiday Shipping Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2017 10:12:19 AM / by Better Packages posted in Water Activated Tape, Carton Sealing Solutions, Carton Safety, Shipping, Shipping Fragile Items, Gummed Tape Dispenser, Corrugated Cartons, packing tips

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Now is the time to gear up for the holiday shipping rush. 

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Tune up your Water-Activated Tape Dispensers Today Before the Holiday Shipping Surge Hits

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2017 12:02:42 PM / by Better Packages posted in Water Activated Tape, Water-Activated Tape Dispensers, Preventative Maintenance, Tape Performance, Gummed Tape Dispenser, holiday shipping, Better Pack 555 maintenance, tape dispenser maintenance

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Now is the time  t o get your water-activated tape dispensers and packaging systems in tip-top shape before the holiday rush. Last year’s holiday shipping volume was a record-breaker and there are plenty of signs that Holidays 2017 will smash through that remarkable volume.  Are your machines up to the task?

 Here are a few tips to make sure they are ready to go.

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Shipping Wine? Here are a Few Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2017 12:40:47 PM / by Better Packages posted in Water Activated Tape, Carton Sealing Solutions, Shipping Fragile Items, Corrugated Cartons, packing tips, packing wine, product safety, shipping wine

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Shipping wine can be a delicate and tricky business.  Since a 2005 decision by the Supreme Court, more and more states have allowed out-of-state licensed wineries and wine brokers to ship wine.  In fact, only five states (Delaware, Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma and Utah) now prohibit the inter-state shipment of wine, according to the Wine Institute, the advocacy group for California’s wineries and affiliated businesses.

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How the Well-Dressed Box Brings Repeat  E-Commerce Customers

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2017 10:57:01 AM / by Better Packages posted in Water Activated Tape, Carton Sealing Solutions, eCommerce, Packaging Tips

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Looking for a way to engage e-commerce customers and bring them back for a second time?  Make sure that opening the package is an experience they won’t forget. Packages that tell you brand's story can enhance the user experience and bring them back for more. 


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How to Ship Clothes Your Customers Will Want to Wear Right Out of the Box

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2017 10:26:32 AM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions, eCommerce, Packaging Tips, shipping clothing

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For e-commerce clothing vendors, the sale isn’t done until the customer opens the box and puts on the clothes.  That opened box is the last customer touch-point they have with an e-commerce vendor.  To make the most of this, those who sell and ship clothes need to make sure that they arrive ready to wear.  That means they aren’t wrinkled or damaged in during the delivery process. “Shipping is an essential element in a strong e-commerce business,” says Laura Berk, Head of Marketing and Customer Success at Shippo, and we agree. 

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What Are the Benefits of Manual Water-Activated Tape Dispensers?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 5, 2017 11:42:43 AM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions

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Are you currently using hand-held tape guns to seal your cartons? If so, you are likely missing out on the productivity and portable benefits of an manual tape dispenser with water-activated tape.

These machines are suitable for facilities that do not always have access to power and are packaging under 50 cartons a day.

Manual water-activated tape dispensers can help improve productivity and offer several unique advantages. 

Before discussing the benefits of manual tape dispensers, it's important to understand what water-activated tape has to offer.

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What is the Best Method to Seal Corrugated Cartons?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions, Corrugated Cartons

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The corrugated cartons that you ship to your customers need a secure seal. Your customers expect it and your bottom line requires it. The carton is your customer’s first impression of your company and the products they’ve ordered. If the carton is damaged or sloppy in appearance, it reflects negatively upon your company.

Common Issues When Sealing Corrugated Cartons

There are several carton sealing issues that many organizations face.

To keep your packages safe, you need an effective carton closure system. Many companies use plastic pressure-sensitive tape (PST) to seal their corrugate.

However, this solution does not provide a secure seal.

Cartons can open while being stored or in transit, increasing the risk of product damage, contamination and even delivery refusal. Using PST also facilitates carton tampering.   Someone can simply press down on the carton and slip their hand in to take products. The intrusion is easily covered up by re-sticking the tape or adding another strip of tape to cover the opening.

PST is often used because it appears an economical carton sealing solution. However, there are hidden costs to using plastic PST. Packers using PST to seal cartons often use multiple strips of tape to try to achieve package security. The volume of tape used undermines any real or perceived “cost per foot” advantage of PST. If your company is concerned with the “first impression” that your carton makes with customers, using multiple strips of tape tends to look sloppy and gives a negative impression.

Given the issues using PST, is there a better method to seal your corrugated cartons?

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4 Tips for Shipping Bulky Furniture

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM / by Better Packages posted in Carton Sealing Solutions, Carton Safety, Packaging Tips

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Packing and shipping larger items like furniture is a challenge. You must take great care to protect it from getting damaged in transit. Furniture is bulky, often heavy, and rarely fits into standard sized shipping boxes.

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4 Tips to Troubleshoot Gummed Paper Tape Dispenser Problems

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2017 2:15:00 PM / by Better Packages posted in Water-Activated Tape Dispensers, Gummed Tape Dispenser

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With proper maintenance and preventative care, an electric water-activated tape (WAT) dispenser tape should last for years. This equipment is durable, efficient, convenient, and helps improve productivity.

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How Does Water-Activated Tape Work?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM / by Better Packages posted in Water Activated Tape, Tape Performance, Packer Productivity, Protection against Pilfering

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Water-activated tape is often the best solution for your shipping department for increasing productivity, improving safety, and deterring theft. Not everyone is familiar with water-activated tape and therefore many people default to using plastic, pressure-sensitive plastic tape to seal their cartons. Here is some helpful information on water-activated tape.

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