Tips for Choosing the Right Packing Tape

October 26, 2022

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. 

Tips for Choosing the Right Packing Tape - Jetbox Melbourne

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.

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How To Pack Your TV Box

We understand that packing TV’s without the original packaging can be a stressful task.

Every Jetbox TV will be supplied with more than enough bubble wrap to wrap any size TV!

To put your TV box together, follow these instructions:

  1. Please start by taping the bottom of the box – pre-fold the flaps to make it easier to close.

  2. Use a blanket to cover your TV before applying bubble wrap.

  3. Lay it down (if the manufacturer recommendations specify that you can) and wrap it in bubble horizontally.

  4. Then wrap again vertically ensuring the corners, front and back are covered well. Tape up the bubble so that it doesn’t come undone.

  5. You can then slide the TV into the box, make sure it fits snugly and close the box with some strong tape.

Bulky Item Delivery Terms & Conditions

Some of our products are large, heavy and bulky and require extra care or special shipping. If your order requires a forklift we will advise before delivery, and if no forklift is available upon delivery a surcharge will apply.

Bulky deliveries that require hand delivery (but no forklift) to the first floor or above and require stair or lift access will also be subject to a delivery surcharge. If you advise at checkout that your delivery is above the ground floor, we will be in touch regarding the surcharge. This surcharge is from $50 per pallet.

Over & Under Runs

Manufacturing processes require machinery to work at quite high speeds. During production, some sheets may be damaged and need to be replaced. In some instances, we cannot replace the sheets at that time and you will be met with a slightly lower Quantity than ordered. This amount will be credited to you.

In most cases though, there will be overruns, as the machinery cannot come to a complete stop in an instant – we require a gradual slow down, which will give us more cartons produced, than what are ordered. These overruns are payable by the client. And taking them also helps save on recycling, which is more sustainable and better for the Environment in the long term.

If you require EXACT Quantities, we may have to make some boxes in a different grade than ordered, to make up your order in the Exact Qty required. These requests will also Incur higher unit costs. This cannot be avoided, as we must consider the recycling processes and costs involved, in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

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5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that support themselves.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing paper/notes/pads, etc. Usually for products that self support.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute carboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.