It’s an exciting time for your business; you have a packing strategy, and now you’re making the final decisions to get the ball rolling and start shipping out your products. While it may not seem like a big deal, the packing tape you choose directly impacts the integrity of your boxes and plays a pivotal role in ensuring your products arrive safely at their destination.
If you choose the wrong type of packaging tape, or incorrectly apply your tape to your boxes, you risk damage to your items as well as to your reputation. Ensure everything arrives intact by following our tips and tricks below on not only choosing the correct packing tape, but also applying packing tape correctly to your boxes before they travel.
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Packing Tape
There are a wide variety of packing tapes available, and each and every tape has a purpose. Depending on your needs, you might need a packing tape that can withstand changing temperatures, wet weather, or maybe you want something to support heavier products. Packing tape is available in a range of thicknesses with different holding power.
When choosing the type of tape to purchase for your business, consider the following: the weight of your products, the size of your cardboard box, the environment your boxes will be stored in during transit and strain that will be put on the boxes themselves. Generally a bigger box, or tougher conditions, require stronger tape. At Jetbox, we offer packing tape in a range of strengths from super strong Clear Rubber Premium Tape to light weight Brown Packing Tape. Maybe you’ll find that our Mid-Range Denva Tape best suits your needs, and if you are shipping fragile items our Fragile Fluoro Tape is a necessity!
We generally recommend our Premium Tape to all business owners, but there is a time and place for all packing tapes. If you are shipping lighter, fragile items then a combination of Fragile Tape and Brown Packing Tape could be the best option for you! Be sure to read the description of each tape before deciding, and purchase a packaging tape that will support your products. If you are an eCommerce business owner with a wide range of products, choosing a thicker tape is the best way to ensure that any larger orders are adequately protected. If you are working closely with others you may want to consider purchasing a high quality tape dispenser that will eliminate unnecessary noise and make packing easier than ever.
How To Apply Packing Tape to Your Boxes
The best packing tapes are easy to unwind when sealing your boxes, have quality tack to stick to your box from the initial grab and are strong enough to prevent unnecessary stretching and limit potential breakage.
When taping your boxes, it is crucial to tape the bottom of the box correctly before placing any items inside. You should be taping down the middle to keep the cardboard flaps together, while also taking the tape half way up each side of the box for maximum support. You can tape the middle section multiple times for heavier items. You should also tape the vertical sides of the flaps, creating a H pattern with your tape.
The most important thing is to bring your first piece of tape, the one keeping the flaps closed, up high on each side of the box. Not doing so poses the risk of the tape becoming loose or peeling off, resulting in your products falling out and becoming damaged.
Why Tape Quality Is the Most Important Part of Choosing a Packing Tape
High quality packing tape has many benefits. It is easy to unwind, easily adhesides to your box and maintains its strength throughout the shipping process. A top quality packaging tape will provide a secure seal, so long as you properly apply it.
As with all things, some trial and error may be needed to make the most of your packing tape. Be sure to try a few different ways of taping up your products to see which fairs best under different weather conditions and travel distances. It is important to purchase high quality cardboard boxes, to use with your tape, to protect your products. Jetbox offers everything your business needs to ship your items with ease. Our online store offers custom made and ready made corrugated cardboard boxes, high quality packaging tape, bubble wrap and more.
Visit our store today and place your order, or speak to one of our staff members about our range of packing tape options.