I always heard stories from my parents about food and gas rationing during World War II. Shortages were not seen as an unusual occurrence, especially after the Depression. Fast forward to the years prior to the pandemic, and Amazon, Uline, McMaster-Carr, and many other companies set the expectation that someone could order product online one day and have it delivered the very next day.
As we come out of the pandemic and see the effects that a war in Europe and at home political discord can have on the supply chain, companies must re-learn how to resource plan to allot enough time for purchases to arrive.
One way that Tapeworks has worked to reduce turnaround time is look for domestic sources for supply. Products made in the United States and closer to home reduce the number of variables that may cause a delay in receiving the products we need to produce orders for our customers. By shopping domestically first, we can avoid the delays at ports, the changing tariffs, and international disagreements that all play a role in keeping source materials from arriving.
There are many great companies making tapes here in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They can supply us with almost every requirement of our customers.
Some tapes we suggest using include:
Not sure what tape you should order? Ask us to source the tapes you use with a domestic supplier to make sure you get the Tape that Works.
Pro Tip: Find a domestic source for your tapes. When things get tight your supply will be more secure.
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Tapes are for everyone. Even our specialty tapes aren’t reserved for businesses. In reality, tapes hold it together to keep your favorite athletes moving – and we’re not talking about injury-focused kinesiology tape.
Here’s how athletes use different tapes in their respective sports:
Lead foil tape balances tennis and pickleball rackets. It’s also used to weight golf clubs, which have grips held in place by double-faced paper tape.
Hockey players cover their sticks in cloth tape and use it to hold their socks up. In the same fashion, soccer players apply it to their socks and cleats.
Bowlers place die cut tapes inside the finger holes of their bowling balls to change the surface characteristics. Some prefer smooth tapes while others use textured.
Racers – in both cars and boats – apply cloth tape to their vehicles for quick repairs and temporary seals. Foil tapes are also used to keep heat away from places that need to remain cooler.
If you play a sport, we have a tape that can help you swing more accurately, kick straighter, move faster, or keep cooler…because Tapeworks!
If you’re not familiar with tape uses in sports, don’t go to just any retailer. Find someone who knows the specialty applications of tapes in your sport.