Manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in e-commerce typically use security packing tapeto protect packages and containers.
Though called different names, such as evidence tamper tape, security void tape, tamper-proof tape or self-voiding tape, the goal is always the same:to detect and prevent tampering.
Unattended packages are often subject to theft, pilferage or adulteration. When boxes are sealed with regular tape, they can easily be opened and resealed without anybody noticing the difference. Whereas a truly tamper-evident tapewould leave proof of the alteration.
It’s a common mistake to assume that all tapes with a VOID message are tamper evident. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here is what you need to know to choose the best security packing tape for your needs.
Prepare a list of criteriato help you compare and rank the different kinds of security packing tape based on your unique needs.
It may include:
Your business objectives
The intended use
The tape application process
Packing tape is just packing tape, right? It may look that way, but it can be so much more than that.
Do you need a security packing tape that adheres equally well toall surfaces, such as paper, metal or plastic?Depending on what you want to do, versatility can be an important criteria.
Naturally, certain types of sealing tape are more suitable for rough handling and shipping than others.
Besides, companies that are transiting packages in a severe climate will need a type of security packing tape that will retain its properties when exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures.
The tape application process
There are essentially two options: applying the tape manually with a tape dispenser or using a carton sealing machine.
While it is generally more efficient to use a carton sealing machine, it really depends on the volume of shipments and the level of automation of the business.
It’s easy to just look at the price of a roll.
To ensure you’re comparing apples to apples, look at the length and width of the tape as well as the hidden costs, such as duties and shipping costs.
The different kinds of security packing tapes
Destructible PVC tamper-evident tape
This is considered to be the precursor of today’s tamper-evident tape. It was widely used a while ago because there was no better option.
It is likely to tear and crack due to rough handling during transport. As a result, you often get “false positive”outcomes: it looks like someone tampered with it, even when that’s not the case.
Also, because it is so fragile, PVC tape is actually not the best tape to keep a box closed. The weight of the box’s contents could easily break the tape.
Generally speaking, it is more expensive than security packing tape, which is much more reliable.
This kind of tape is often used for e-commerce shipments. You’ve probably seen it on packages you’ve received from Amazon.
Being made of paper, it is more environmentally friendly than other tapes.However, boxes sealed with water-activated tape are generally easy to open, especially if the tape hasn’t been applied properly.
You could also argue that water-activated tape is not truly tamper-evident.It doesn’t leave a residue showing the box has been tampered with. You could reapply a similar tape on the same surface and nobody would see the difference.
Applying this kind of tape manually is a bit of a challenge. That’s why you generally need an automatic tape application machines. This makes sense for a company like Amazon, because it handles a very large volume of packages. But not all businesses do.
Fake tamper-evident tape (Yep, there is such a thing!)
Beware,not all tapes that claim to be tamper-evident are.
A fake tape may have a warning on it saying it is tamper–evident, but that message doesnot transfer to the box.This tape can be peeled off slowly without damaging the box or showing signs of tampering.
It may temporarily deter thieves, but once they’ve figured out how to bypass it, you won’t be better off than if you were using regular tape. And you’ll be paying more for what amounts to plain old packing tape!
Total transfer tamper-evident security void tape
This is the best kind of tape to safeguard products.
Whenever someone accidentally or intentionally removes tamper-evident tape, it leaves its void residue on the surface to indicate it has been tampered with.
This “proof of tampering” often takes the form of a VOID or OPENED message, whichcan be personalized, to provide consumers with an extra-layer of protection.
As well, you can use it with a regular tape gun for easy and quick application.
Still not sure which packing tape is best for you? Drop us a note and we’ll send you some free samples.
We help packaging supply wholesalers maximize customer satisfaction and repeat business, while gaining market share through product innovation.
Unlike other tamper-evident solutions on the market, we have a one-step production process. This has enabled us to offer top–quality tamper-evident security packing tape at an unbeatable market price.
Graduate from the Chemical Engineering Department at McGill University, Jesse has been with the Tamperguard team since 2016 and has helped develop novel chemistries for the security of Tamperguard’s products. He also helps on articles for the Tamperguard website!