May 29th, 2012 by Joel Altsman
Have you ever received a package that was damaged? The shipping system is not a very gentle place. Millions of packages are moved each day with high speed conveyor belts and fork lifts. They are thrown from truck to belt and back again. When someone comes in with a package that seems like it may need some “help” we always ask, “If this fell off a conveyor belt eight feet in the air and hit a concrete floor, would it survive? If the answer is no, then we need to repack it.
There are two keys to enuring your treasures aren’t damaged in transit:
- No movement
- Sufficient cushioning
First, be sure yout item won’t move around in the box. Depending on how fragile the item is (see the next point) you can use wadded up paper, styrofoam peanuts, etc. to fill in the empty spaces around the item. No movement means the item stays in place no matter what direction is tipped in or if it tumbles or is thrown.
Next, you need to know how fragile, or breakable, the item is. Books are obviously non-fragile and crystal stemware is obviously extremely fragile. But there is a whole slew of gradations in between. Plastic can crack, metal can bend, etc. There needs to be sufficient cushioning material around the item to ensure shock is absorbed if the box is dropped. Tissue paper does not absorb shock! It’s best to use bubble wrap and/or styrooam peanuts. Depending on how fragile the item is, we sometimes line the box with styro or even double box.
Your best bet is to leave the packing to the pros here at Pak Mail Anderson Mill. We have the knowledge, expertise, and materials to ensure your treasure arrive at their destination safely!
May 18th, 2012 by Joel Altsman
Pack and ship Father’s Day gifts with helpful tips from Pak Mail.
AUSTIN, TX – May 17, 2012 – Pak Mail, one of the world’s premier packing and shipping companies, reminds thoughtful sons and daughters that Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, 2012 and are suggesting a few simple steps when preparing Father’s Day gifts for delivery:
- Visit your Pak Mail store and consult with their shipping experts. They will help you determine the best shipping options and carriers to deliver Dad’s special gift on time and intact.
- Use new corrugated shipping containers to not only protect your item, but the environment as well.
- Don’t send Dad a broken gift. Pack vases and other breakable gifts with cushioning materials, taking care to wrap each item individually.
- Remember when Dad helped you learn how to write? Use those skills to clearly print her address on two labels. Place one inside the package and one on the outside of the package.
- Finally, get a receipt with delivery and tracking information so you know when to expect Dad’s call, thanking you for being so considerate.
Those who wait until the last minute to send gifts to their dad’s can rest easy knowing that they can send their packages from one of over 250 nationwide Pak Mail locations as late as Friday, June15th with Overnight and Saturday delivery options. Contact us for more information.
May 17th, 2012 by Joel Altsman
Pak Mail Anderson Mill can help! We’ll make it easy. Let us pack & ship your entire dorm room or apartment and send it home or off to a storage facility for the summer. Make it hassle free and get on with enjoying your summer!
May 11th, 2012 by Joel Altsman
Effective Monday, May 21, 2012 the U.S. Postal Service is implementing new rules for international shipping. As of that date you may not ship anything containing a lithium metal or lithium ion battery internationally. Some common items with these batteries are cell phones, GPS units, laptop computers, and tablet computers. This includes sending to APO, FPO, and DPO (military and diplomatic postal addresses).
Also on that date, USPS will no longer accept handwritten customs forms for international mailing. Fortunately, your shipping pros at Pak Mail Anderson Mill know how to handle these forms electronically so we can be sure you’re taken care of properly!