For many, Black Friday is the official start of the holiday shopping season. This pseudo-holiday, which falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving, sees brick-and-mortar and online retailers alike offering limited deals on all manner of items. Many flock to stores in an effort to not just buy discounted 50” televisions, but to get a jump on the holiday madness. Purchasing items almost a month before the holidays should allow for plenty of time to have your items properly wrapped, packaged, and shipped to your loved ones throughout the country (and world!), right?
Well, yes and no. Consider the following statistics:
According to USA Today, FedEx is predicting a 12.4% increase in shipping volume between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, with surges taking place on the first two Mondays in December. Conversely, CNN Money reports that UPS is expecting a 10% increase in shipping volume between Black Friday and New Year’s, with an estimated 630 million packages being shipped this season. Despite a relatively smooth 2014, these two major shipping companies don’t want a repeat of 2013, a particularly disastrous shipping season that saw the two shipping giants being pelted with lumps of coal (figuratively speaking, of course) by consumers over shipments that didn’t make it home in time for Christmas.
The advent of Cyber Monday, online retailers’ version of Black Friday, has done little to ease the holiday shipping madness. Since 2006, spending on Cyber Monday has grown from $610 million to a mind-blowing $2.68 billion. That’s a 340% increase in less than ten years, and with many retailers offering online details upwards of a week before Cyber Monday, 2015 is shaping up to beat 2014’s record.
Despite these numbers, this still doesn’t stop people from procrastinating, resulting in a flood of last-minute deliveries. Despite an increase in seasonal help – FedEx is looking to hire 55,000 seasonal workers, compared to UPS’s 95,000 – even the promise of two-day or overnight delivery should be taken with a grain of salt. Add in the potential for inclement weather and the difficulty in anticipating actual volume, shipping during the holidays will always be, for lack of a better term, a crapshoot.
The numbers don’t lie, so to avoid the holiday headache, you need to shop early and ship early.
1. Plan out your shopping schedule to finish by a certain date that coincides with the earliest suggested shipping date of every major carrier available. For ground shipments, this is approximately two weeks before Christmas. This year, that means Friday, December 11th, 2015. For shipments within Texas, you have a little more time, but to be safe, get those gifts shipped off by Tuesday, December 15th.
2. Visit Pak Mail Anderson Mill and speak to a shipping expert to help select the best carrier based on the size, weight, and volume of packages you’re sending.
3. Pack your items carefully and securely to ensure they arrive safely and damage-free. If you do it yourself, you want to be sure to have the smallest box possible that still provides adequate cushioning to protect your treasures from the rigors of the shipping system. Remember – boxes are not handled gently by UPS, FedEx, or USPS.
To make things easiest and safest at this busy time of year, let Pak Mail’s experts can help with packing, custom crating, and shipping solutions for large, heavy, awkward, or fragile items.
Questions? Just stop by or give us a call. We’re always happy to help!
When we say we ship anything anywhere, we really mean it. We have no size or weight restrictions. For example, a couple of months ago we shipped 46,000 lbs. of sandstone!
This week we’ll go with the no size restrictions and anywhere parts of our service. Here’s a picture of one of three crates we’re packing with artwork and shipping via air freight to France.
Now that’s a big crate! And not only is it big, it weighs 240 lbs. empty.
What can we ship for you today?
At Pak Mail Anderson Mill we pack and ship anything anywhere. No problem!
Take a look at this fun 30 second video and let us know what you think about it.
At Pak Mail Anderson Mill we are your one-stop leader in logisitics solutions. We do it all from pick up to packing to shipping and we can even provide declared value coverage to ensure the safety of your special treasures.
We thought you’d like to see how a typical freight shipment gets prepped and ready to go. So, here’s one we did last week. The items are two 112 lbs. speakers and a 180 lbs. subwoofer worth a total of $12,000. Let’s see how it went together:
First, because of the weight and value, we built a custom crate to hold the items.
Then we lined the crate with two inch styrofoam boards.
Next we stretched wrapped the pieces and carefully placed them in the crate.
We put the third piece in and added styrofoam dividers to provide extra protection. We also added a corrugated shipping container to fill the void space.
And now we’re ready to go! Just waiting for the truck to come get it and send it on its way.
And off we go!
We pack and ship anything anywhere! What can we pack and ship for you today?
Check out this really cool video to see how Amazon uses robots to fulfill your order:
About 90% of all the goods traded globally spended at least some time on a container ship before being unloaded at a port and transported by truck to their destinations.
Click on this link to see a facinating video that tracks this global movement.
And, speaking of ocean shipping, click on this link to see why you need a professional like Pak Mail Anderson Mill to do all your packing, especially for goods going overseas by ship.
Well, it’s that time again. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. We know how busy you are this time of year so we like to make things a little easier. Beginning today, December 8 through Tuesday, December 23 we will be open extended hours to help give you more time to check things off your to-do list.
For those days we will be open Monday – Friday 9:00 – 7:00, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00, and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00.
And don’t worry about finding the right sized boxes. We’ll pack up all those Christmas treasures for you and ensure nothing gets broken.
Don’t forget, the earlier you ship, the greater your chances of having your packages arrive on time without resorting to shipping via air.
And also remember, we don’t just pack and ship small packages. We do large freight, too. Take a look at the beauties we’ll be shipping out today:
We know how busy this time of year can be for you. We’re here to help. Bring us all your gifts and we’ll be sure they get to the right destination safely and on time.
Let the pros at Pak Mail Anderson Mill do the packing for you as well as the shipping and you won’t have to worry about finding the right sized box or having the embarrassment of your carefully selected gifts arriving broken. Remember – if we pack it, it will be done properly and we’ll stand behind it. Guaranteed!
Don’t forget – weather can always be an issue this time of year, so ship as early as you can to ensure Christmas delivery. And, of course, if you wait until the last minute you’ll have to send it via air which is more expensive than ground. So early really is better.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations next week and get out there shopping and supporting the local economy!