Packaging Supplies

Keep Calm And Use Pallet Covers

Pallet Covers available in clear and black.

Pallet Covers available in clear and black.

Product inventory whether stored indoors, outdoors, cooled or non-cooled environments should be protected. We sell a large variety of materials to assist in protecting products for storage, load transportation, retail sales, and industrial sales. Most our of shrink wrap materials are to protect merchandise for retail and industrial sales. The shrink wrap helps to protect products from exterior elements while still allowing a clear product display. Our stretch film is used to protect products for transportation. Companies have used stretch film for years to unitize pallet loads. This helps to protect from product loss and worker injury during transportation. Stretch wrap can also perform as a barrier from external elements. Often when protection from exterior elements is essential to important products we recommend using more than stretch film, we recommend pallet covers.

Pallet covers are generally made of polyethene plastic and come in thicknesses ranging from 1 mil all the way up to 6 mils. Many companies find pallet covers important because of the protection they offer from external elements such as sunlight, moisture, and dust. There are several customers we have that will use a pallet cover after the pallet load has been stretch wrapped. The stretch wrap does provide a great barrier of protection, but the pallet covers offer added protection specifically from moisture and sunlight. The majority of customers we sell our pallet covers to use a pallet cover on loads that are not stretch wrapped. Often times the loads are unitized with plastic strapping or not unitized at all.

We offer two colors of pallet covers to choose from, clear and black. The black is often sold to our customers that store in outdoor environments. The black pallet covers offer UV protection to help protect products from sunlight. Another great feature of the black pallet covers is the ability to conceal pallet loads. This helps to protect merchandise from theft. All of our pallet covers come with gusseted sides to easily slide over pallet loads. All pallet covers come on a roll. The number of pallet covers per roll varies depending on the thickness and the size of the cover. 

The benefits of a foam-in-place system

Getting packaging decisions right is crucial for any company that has a need to ship products. If an order arrives broken at the buyer's door – whether the buyer is a consumer or another business – that relationship will also be damaged.

Depending on what a company regularly ships, packaging decisions can be relatively simple or complex. Shipping fairly durable items, such as books or clothing, minimizes the risk of damage. Boxes or even bags with minimal void fill should do the trick. In these instances, it's important to contain and protect, but there is little chance of breakage.

Other items are more sensitive to shock and motion during transport. Expensive electronic items, anything made of glass or ceramics and other delicate items require more forethought into the packaging decisions. If they have a unique shape, this could cause even more difficulty in deciding which protective packaging solution is best.

An all-inclusive solution
One popular type of packaging for these instances is foam-in-place. This is for good reason: Foam is incredibly shock-absorbent, and foam-in-place systems are highly versatile.


Foam-in-place systems involve two chemicals combining in real time to form a unique foam mold around the product itself. The mixture is collected in a polyethylene bag to protect the item itself, then rapidly expands, encapsulating the product in its own custom shell.

DoItYourself noted that the item is typically placed in the box or container in which it will be shipped first. Once the foam is applied, the package is ready to go. However, a company can also create a wooden mold for an item so the foam protection can be created without the item actually being present.

Storage ease
When making packaging decisions, there are more factors at play than effectiveness and consumer satisfaction, though these are two of the most important ones. Beyond them, however, businesses must think about ease of use, the ability to stock up on an item and cost-effectiveness.

In each of these aspects, foam-in-place systems have an advantage.

When the two chemicals come in contact, they rapidly expand as much as 200 times in size. This makes for thick and sturdy packaging around the item, but it also demonstrates how little room the pre-combined liquids take up. They can be stored away easily without getting in the way of other tasks that need to be accomplished or other materials and goods that need to be stored in the same location.

A foam-in-place system can keep motors safe during transport.
It's important to keep motors safe during transport. A foam-in-place system can absorb shock and vibrations during transport.


Learning curve
Using foam-in-place systems can also be very easy to learn for packers. According to Packaging World, Pregis' foam-in-place system, Maxwell, accomplishes this effectively. The system comes complete with an interface that allows the owner to provide instructional videos or photos to help packers understand how to operate the device. This is important considering the versatility of foam-in-place systems typically leads to many different items being packaged with it.

"In packaging operations which rely on FIP, workers are typically asked to package many different types of products," John Gee, IntelliPack Systems' national sales manager, explained. "Maxwell is capable of providing specific instructions regarding both material usage and bag placement for optimum protection. The operator can look at the screen to follow easy-to-understand photos or videos. These are also ideal for training and troubleshooting. Maxwell takes the guesswork out of the FIP packaging operation."

This also allows for a package to have great protection without excess packaging materials. In today's world where dimensional weight is a concern for businesses trying to keep shipping costs down, this is essential. Packers can also control how much foam is used for an item, giving them the ability to ensure the result isn't wasteful yet the package arrives perfectly intact.

Custom casing
Since the product forms the protective casing around the item quickly, production can be sped up. Packers won't need to strategize wrapping techniques or carefully-placed void fill materials because the foam creates a shell as unique as the shape and size of the item.

For those businesses shipping delicate or irregularly-shaped items, a foam-in-place system could be the best way to ensure packages are delivered with care.

New Premium Acrylic Carton Sealing Tape

Item #: GT-EZ-110C Desc: 2X110 CLEAR TAPE 36/CS*ACRYLIC

Closure of light weight cartons. Premium adhesive offers high clarity, premium aging characteristics, long shelf life and low odor.

Water Activated Tapes Vs. Plastic Carton Sealing Tapes

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The Advantages of Plastic Tape

Pressure sensitive, plastic tape has several advantages that include:

• Can be very inexpensive, but usually you get what you pay for, so be careful with any tape pricing that is too good to be true.

• Convenient and simple to use – no water or expensive dispenser required. In fact, many plastic tape suppliers provide free hand dispensers with the purchase of their tape which typically does not indicate either product is of decent quality.

• Portable – a true advantage compared to reinforced paper, water activated tape (WAT). You can seal boxes anywhere.

• Automatable – high speed case sealing equipment that uses pressure sensitive plastic tape is readily available.

The Advantages of Water Activated Tape It’s greener!

For eco minded customers committed to sustainability our recommendation is almost always to use WAT, reinforced paper tape. It is made of paper which is a natural, renewable product, and the adhesive is natural as well. That means it can be recycled and re-pulped along with the boxes it is adhered to, without any time consuming stripping.

It also ranks much higher on the eco obvious scale which simply means people easily recognize it as a green product, especially compared to plastic tape. It is the “eco consistent” way to seal your green boxes, filled with green products for your green minded customers.

It’s more effective!

Simply put, WAT does a better job. The adhesive on WAT is not only natural; it also bonds to a corrugated box better, especially if the box is under-filled. We have all seen cases where tape is virtually suspended over the box flaps and is not making any real contact with either major case flap. That is not good for many reasons, including pilferage, damage and even infestation.

When asked about the strength of paper tape I always point to two industries – printing and hardware. They pack some of the heaviest boxes ever filled and those industries continued using paper tape long after others shifted to plastic tape, primarily for economic or convenience reason. The printing and hardware industries today continue to use reinforced paper WAT because they have less damage claims and far fewer complaints.

An Application Analysis Is Always Recommended

Regardless of what box sealing tape you currently use we don’t suggest change without a complete review of your usage and if necessary, testing. What you pack, how you pack it, and even where you pack your boxes can influence what product is truly best for you.