Why Use Custom Printed Tape?

A huge shift is occurring across the country with business shifting towards shipping directly to consumers.  A necessary requirement is obviously tape.  Getting the most out of your tape is more important than ever before.  From the ever-prevalent polypropylene tape to the incredibly strong paper tape and the versatility of PVC tape Phoenix Tape can provide you with what you need.

Here are a few reasons why you should choose custom printed packing tape over plain tape for your future shipments.

Printed packaging tape1. Promoting your brand and building trust

Printed tape helps your brand get noticed and builds trust. From the moment you seal your package and send it on its way to the moment it arrives at your customer’s doorstep, everyone who encounters your tape will also see your company name, logo, slogan, etc. and know that the contents are intact and secure.  Even before they open their package your custom printed packing tape will show how much you care about your products and your customers.

Piggy Bank Save money buy printed tape2. Saving money

When you use custom printed packing tape to promote your brand, you don’t have to worry about printing your name/logo on boxes.

Printed boxes can be costly, when you factor in things like setting up plates and colored dyes, the complexity of your artwork and whether you’ll be printing on multiple sizes. You’re also likely to need larger boxes to fit your logo, which means more space in your warehouse.

Plain boxes tend to cost less. You can buy them in smaller quantities than printed boxes, which saves you on the cost of materials and storage.

3. Security

Printed tape protects your products against pilfering and tampering. It’s easy for someone to cut open a piece of plain tape and replace it. But if they tamper with your unique printed tape, people receiving your products will know.  Having that sense of security is more important than ever.

4. Storage and handling

Are you shipping delicate products? Is your product something that needs to be stored at a certain temperature? Does the box contain perishable food items?  Your tape can let people know, carrying messages like “Fragile” or “Handle with care” or “Refrigerate upon receiving” to make sure your products are handled and stored the right way.

Are you ready to make the switch to custom printed packing tape? Phoenix Tape can help. We’ve spent more than 30 years creating secure, eye-catching printed tape offerings for our clients.

Some of our more popular tapes include:

  • Polypropylene tape – This tape is great for printing in long runs, as the polymer plate used in the printing process offers a lot of detail. It’s also an affordable choice that comes in a range of different thicknesses.
  • PVC tape – This tape is versatile and manageable, and even thicker and stronger than polypropylene. PVC tape takes more pressure to stick, but once it holds, it holds fast and to a wider range of surfaces.
  • Paper tape – All of our tapes are strong, but paper tape offers an extra dose of strength thanks to the fiberglass threads running through it. It’s useful in industries that ship softer goods such as clothing, or in businesses that have products that aren’t easy to stack.

These are just a few of the tape varieties we offer. Contact us today to find the perfect custom printed packing tape for your products.

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What’s the Difference Between Hot Melt and Acrylic Adhesive?

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If there’s one theme we return to over and over on this blog, it’s the idea that not all tapes are the same. One of the differences is in the two types of adhesives used to make the tapes stick, hot melt and acrylic.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the difference between these two adhesives and how these distinctions might affect your choice of custom tape.

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How Does Water Activated Tape Work?

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In the world of packaging, water-activated paper tape is something of an unsung hero. Less popular than its polypropylene and PVC cousins, it nonetheless offers high levels of security and durability.

In this blog post, we’ll look at how water-activated paper tape works and how it can help you better ship your products.

What is water activated tape and how does it work?

White Printed Paper Tape

Also known as “gummed tape” or “Kraft tape,” water activated tape is made from paper, but reinforced with a network of crisscrossed synthetic fibers to provide extra strength and a water-based adhesive that bonds tightly to the surface of a package.

When water is applied to the adhesive – using a tape dispenser – it triggers a capillary action, causing the tape to stick to your carton. Most tape dispensers feed, moisten and cut the tape.

And once that tape seals, it forms a permanent bond, like what you’d find after licking the adhesive on an envelope. While plastic tape can be peeled back, you’ll need to rip paper tape in order to get it open.

This makes water-activated paper tape a simple yet highly-effective method for preventing pilfering or package tampering. It’s impossible for anyone to get the package open without leaving their mark.

Paper tape is also a useful packaging tape for businesses whose boxes are filled with softer goods such as clothing, or who ship products that are loose and thus not easy to stack. Boxes are easier to seal with water-activated paper tape when you can’t put too much pressure on the tape.

But because paper tape is so durable, it’s a good choice for companies that need to ship packages that are heavy, or overstuffed.

Other benefits of paper tape include:

  • Printability, giving you the chance to showcase your company’s name or log when you ship.
  • It adheres to several different products, including both new and recycled cardboard or surfaces that might be dirty or dusty
  • It’s eco-friendly
  • It’s hygienic – making it a good tape for drug companies – and odor-free, which helps when you need to ship food products
  • It adheres so well that you’ll only need a single strip of tape
  • It’s very durable, able to withstand a range of different environmental conditions

Paper tape and tape dispensers

As we mentioned earlier, paper tape is dispensed using a large machine with a water brush that triggers its adhesive capability.

This is one area where PVC or polypropylene tape have a bit of an advantage. They’re dispensed using a portable tape gun. You can carry it around your workspace. With paper tape, you need to bring the packaging to the tape dispenser, not the other way around.

Would you like to know more about the benefits of water activated tape? Phoenix Tape can help. We sell paper tape available two colors, with the capability for printing up to three inks. Our tapes are available in a regular 240 grade option – seals up to 30 pound packages – and a heavy duty 260 grade option, which can handle boxes that weigh up to 55 pounds.

We also sell tape dispensers designed to provide tape at any length you desire. Contact us today to learn how our tapes can promote your business while also protecting your packaging.

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