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Shipping Heavy Packages Using Gummed Tape

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 21, 2016 4:14:20 PM / by Better Packages

Better Packages

On any given day, millions of cartons and packages are being shipped across the globe. While many packages are light, items such as furniture, sporting goods, automotive aftermarket parts add significant weight to your carton, and as a result, can be more challenging to ship. Heavier merchandise requires well-considered shipping materials to keep items in pristine condition throughout the transportation process. One solution is to use reinforced water-activated tape because it adds strength to your carton seal. This article describes how utilizing gummed tape when shipping heavy packages is a good business decision.


Reduce Cost of Damaged Items 

Using gummed tape significantly reduces product damage during transit. Gummed tape literally bonds to corrugate and creates a permanent seal. The carton will not "bust-open", as many often do when sealed with plastic, pressure-sensitive tape. Your merchandise arrives intact, thereby reducing product replacement and shipping costs.

Meeting Customer’s Expectations

Consumers are increasingly demanding about the speed with which they receive their online purchases. Many consumers monitor their purchases via shipping tracking codes and are understandably disappointed if their items are damaged or lost upon receipt. There are high business costs associated with unhappy customers including negative online reviews, additional return and shipping costs, and a general “lack of trust” with the company sending the goods. Shipping heavy packages using gummed tape assures that products arrive presentable and intact; not to mention it greatly improves the probability of satisfied and repeat customers.  

No Wasted Resources

Shipping heavy packages can quickly become expensive because many packing tapes are not able to withstand large, weight-bearing loads when packed with plastic, pressure sensitive tape. As a result, the manufacturer shipping heavy items direct to businesses or consumers may use more boxes and more tape than needed, wasting money and resources. Sealing your cartons with reinforced gummed tape allows heavier items to fit in fewer cartons. To demonstrate the strength of reinforced gummed tape, we are sharing a photo of one of our employees being lifted in a carton sealed with reinforced water-activated tape. Now that's strong tape. 


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Better Packages is the world's leading manufacturer of water-activated packaging tape dispensers. The company has been in the water-activated tape dispenser business for almost 100 years. Our products are sold and serviced in over 70 countries worldwide. Better Packages is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Intertape Polymer Group, manufacturer of the Central brand of water-activated tape.

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Topics: Packing & Shipping Tips, E-commerce, Furniture

Better Packages

Written by Better Packages

Founded in 1917, Better Packages is a leading manufacturer of tabletop water-activated tape (WAT) dispensers used in carton sealing. Better Packages’ product line includes auto-dispensing electric machines that are used in high volume fulfillment centers, as well as manual dispensers. In the U.S., Better Packages sells through multiple channels that include industrial and packaging distributors and catalog wholesalers, as well as direct to end-user customers. Its distribution network consists of over 160 authorized distributors including Tier 1 shipping and packaging. Better Packages also has another 50 international distributors that service over 70 countries. Better Packages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), an acknowledged leader in the packaging industry. IPG sells a full line of Central® water-activated tape, as well as many other premier packaging products.