Pak Mail Anderson Mill
13359 North Hwy 183, Ste. 406
Austin, TX 78750
Tel: 512-249-SHIP (7447)
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Black Friday

November 24th, 2015 by

Black Friday

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!


Nothing’s Too Big For Us!

August 4th, 2015 by

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.

Big Art Crate

Now that’s a big crate!  And not only is it big, it weighs 240 lbs. empty.

What can we ship for you today?


No Problem!

July 22nd, 2015 by

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.


The Anatomy Of A Freight Shipment

March 31st, 2015 by

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.

1. Crate Frame

Then we lined the crate with two inch styrofoam boards.

2. Crate with Liner

Next we stretched wrapped the pieces and carefully placed them in the crate.

3. Crate with First Two Pieces

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.

4. Crate with All Pieces and Dividers

And now we’re ready to go!  Just waiting for the truck to come get it and send it on its way.

5. Crate - Ready To Go

And off we go!

6. Loaded and On The Way

We pack and ship anything anywhere!  What can we pack and ship for you today?


How Amazon Warehouse Robots Work

March 10th, 2015 by

amazon-warehouse-robots

Check out this really cool video to see how Amazon uses robots to fulfill your order:

http://www.chonday.com/Videos/how-the-amazon-warehouse-works


Shipping Lanes

March 2nd, 2015 by

ocean-freighter

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.


It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

December 8th, 2014 by

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:

AntelopeGemsbok


Christmas Is Right Around the Corner!

November 20th, 2014 by

Santa PackageIt’s hard to believe Christmas is just five weeks from now!

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!


Yet One More Reason To Let Us Pack Your Shipments…

September 10th, 2014 by

…We make sure it can survive this:

UPS Oops


A Week In The Life Of Pak Mail Anderson Mill

August 22nd, 2014 by

This week we crated and shipped 500 lbs of Corian countertops for the University of Texas, shipped 170 lbs. of speakers and accessories to Inchon, South Korea, and facilitated the packing and shipping of some furniture from FL to one of our customers here in Austin.

We also shipped a display booth to a trade show in CA, some clothes, puzzles, and games to Indonesia, and, of course, our normal everyday packages and envelopes all around the country. We even did an on-site notary for a customer in the hospital.

So – what can we do for you?  Just let us know – we’re here to serve you!




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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