Pak Mail Anderson Mill
13359 North Hwy 183, Ste. 406
Austin, TX 78750
Tel: 512-249-SHIP (7447)
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Why you should double box ceramics

January 25th, 2013 by

Last year, when we were getting ready to put our house on the market we had to “stage” the house, which meant taking a bunch of stuff out.  So we put lots of stuff in a storage area.  Most things I just put in boxes with maybe a little bubble wrap since I was handling it myself.

One item, however, was a ceramic wash basin and ewer.  I packed it like I would ship it – bubble wrap, two inches of peanuts in a sturdy box, and a second box with two more inches of peanuts.  I was afraid that since it was big and light and would be on top of a stack in the storage room that it might fall off.  My wife grumbled about overkill and that’s what you get when you’re married to a guy who packs for a living.

All was fine – until this week when we decided to bring the ewer home and use it in our guest room.  A friend of mine helped us transport a bunch of stuff out of storage, including that piece.  Since he’s a highly competent guy, I didn’t pay much attention to how he tied it all down in the back of his pick up.

Well, we’re going down the road at 60 mph and the box with the ewer and basin goes flying off the back of the truck and into the road!  I figured it was a goner.  It may survive a UPS or FedEx conveyor belt, but falling off a truck at 60 mph?

When we opened it up at home it was in perfect condition!  Not a nick or a scratch.  And no more grumbles from the wife!

Which carrier is best?

January 15th, 2013 by


Here at Pak Mail Anderson Mill we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the very best experience possible.  One of the components to that experience is having a choice of carriers.  One size does not fit all when it comes to shipping and we want to ensure the best value and effectiveness for our customers.

Because of that we offer multiple choices for your shipping needs.  In the small package arena we offer FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS.  We will soon be adding Lone Star Overnight to that list as well (more on that in a future post).  For large freight we use LTL carriers like Estes Express, YRC, and R+L Carriers as well as several different blanket wrap carriers and vehicle movers.

Today, let’s talk about small package carriers.  How do we decide between FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS?  It all depends on what we’re shipping and where it’s going.  For example, for domestic air services we our ten years of experience tells us that FedEx does the best job by far.  For ground shipping, both FedEx and UPS are fairly equal, however, UPS does a much better job in rural areas and when there may be some doubt about the accuracy of the address.

For international shipping, we find that FedEx and DHL are both excellent carriers with a decided advantage for DHL to areas like small towns in Mexico, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, India, and the Middle East.

From a cost perspective, all three of these carriers stay very close to each other for competitive reasons.  This allows us to choose the best service for that shipment without worrying about the cost.

For letters and small, light parcels USPS has a definite cost advantage, however, there is no real tracking capability like the others and we have no way to track down an errant package.  If the package is more than two or three pounds, however, and is traveling more than 600 miles, UPS and FedEx Ground will likely be less expensive while providing a higher level of service.

So here’s the bottom line – unlike some of our competitors, Pak Mail Anderson Mill offers choices in carriers – and we tailor that choice to your specific needs of when the package needs to arrive and where it’s going.  What can we ship for you today?

Why Choose Pak Mail

Pak Mail Anderson Mill is a full service packing and shipping store as well as a custom crating and freight shipping company. We are located in Austin and proudly serve Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Pflugervlle, and all surrounding areas. Request a Free Online Estimate or call us at 512-249-SHIP (7447).


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