The Tale of the Tape: Shipping and Moving Tape Are Not the Same Thing
By Margot Carmichael Lester, Staples® Contributing Writer
At first glance, it can be hard to discern any significant differences between shipping and moving tape, so its easy to assume its no big deal which you use as long as its sticky, right? Wrong.
In fact, shipping and moving tape are specifically designed to perform the same function (keeping those containers safely closed) in different ways and under different conditions. Heres what you need to know.
The difference between moving tape & shipping tape
To explain this tale of two stickies, we asked Kathy Magill, global portfolio manager for Scotch® Package Protection Business to highlight the differentiating factors of each product:
Its best to use the specific packaging tape for its use, she counsels.
Factors to consider when buying tape
Now that you know which type of tape to purchase, there are three additional considerations:
1. Adhesion. Of course you want tape that stays put. The best way to find out is to research reviews and ask colleagues and shipping or moving consultants which tapes they prefer. Then buy small sizes of the tapes on your short list and give them a test drive. Which one sticks best to your shipping or storage containers? Which one holds up in the warehouse or storage unit?
2. Thickness. It seems like thicker would be better, right? But Magill says not necessarily. Mil thickness does not impact how long a box will stay sealed or if it can undergo rough handling, she cautions. Again, a little research with actual users can help you determine the right thickness for your particular use.
3. Ease of use. Speaking of use, few things are more frustrating than wrestling with tape that just wont come off the roll without slivering, splitting or tearing. That wastes time, money and product and makes you crazy. To keep morale and productivity high, select tapes with a release coating that enables for an easier unwind.
The relationship between tape & your brand
Admittedly, the packages you move and store may never be seen by customers. But the shipping products you use are part of your marketing program. Flimsy or low-adhesive tape may result in damaged goods, high returns, dissatisfied customers and loss of business.
We use specialty tape because we need consistency in the adhesive, and we want the tape to look and feel sturdy when the shipping box reaches the consumers location, explains Joseph Hwang, co-founder and chief designer for Barring Eyewear Inc. in Philadelphia, which ships about 3,000 packages a year. He says the attention to tape quality is important because it impacts the presentation of the product. Although its tape, its an extension of our brand.