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If your company sells luxury goods like cosmetics, handbags, higher-end apparel and other costly items online, you face unique shipping challenges. In particular, theft is an issue that can take a bite out of your profits.
Ecommerce in the United States is projected to hit $735.4 billion by 2023, which means that a lot of packages are landing on front porches all across America. The increase in ecommerce revenue and shipping volume amplify the importance of making sure quality is paramount in all areas of the fulfillment process - especially when it comes to sealing cartons before shipment. We recommend water-activated tape for companies shipping valuable products, in large or small quantities. Water-activated tape (also known as gummed tape, Kraft paper tape, reinforced paper tape) is designed to create a superior seal on your corrugated cartons while providing advantages other carton sealing methods do not.
If you are shipping cartons directly to your customers, you know the importance of choosing proper packaging to ensure the safety of your products throughout the fulfillment process.
Streamlining the packing and shipping process in your warehouse is a never-ending game of optimization. One of our most common suggestions is to make the switch from plastic, pressure-sensitive tape (PST) to water-activated tape (WAT). If you are currently using handheld tape guns with PST to seal your cartons, you are missing out on potential productivity and safety upgrades. Using WAT and an electric dispenser will increase both the productivity and safety of your packing station. If you’re new to water-activated tape (also called gummed paper tape), check out our guide here.
The shipping stream can be a very unforgiving environment. Every package faces a variety of forces in transit. If your company ships heavy items, those forces are amplified, which can increase the likelihood that a carton seal will fail.
You may be thinking that all tape is made the same as long as it's sticky enough to keep the corrugated carton shut. Although tape's main purpose is to adhere to and seal the carton, there are actually several differences between shipping and moving tape.
Summer has arrived and the weather is right for a bike ride. Consequently, bicycle retailers are seeing an increase in orders. That’s the good news. However, shipping bicycles poses some unique challenges.
Many companies are making the switch from plastic, pressure-sensitive tape (PST) to water activated packaging tape (WAT) to obtain a more reliable carton sealing solution. These companies realize that in order to keep the contents of their packages secure, they need a carton seal that can withstand the rigors of the shipping process.
A company’s shipping practices can have a significant impact on its success. From customer satisfaction to how shipping costs impact your bottom line, there are many factors to consider. This includes your choice of shipping materials.
According to a 451 Research forecast shared by Forbes, worldwide e-commerce sales will approach $6 trillion by 2022. With the number of packages making their way through the distribution stream and onto front porches all across America skyrocketing, the risk of “press and grab” package thefts will likely be rising as well. Fortunately, there is a way to thwart opportunistic thieves.
For e-commerce businesses, lost, stolen, and damaged packages represent a cost that, if not controlled, can cripple a company. How common is it that a shipment doesn’t arrive at its intended destination in good condition? Shipping companies are, of course, reluctant to share these types of stats. But, it’s safe to say that undesirable outcomes occur frequently.