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13359 North Hwy 183, Ste. 406
Austin, TX 78750
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Birthday Trivia

June 12th, 2014 by

birthday-cake

This month marks the 11th birthday of our store, but on an even more auspicious note, our owner, Joel, turns the big 6-0!  Three score.  Six decades.  Geez, but he’s old!

So, let’s take a look at 1954.  We will periodically be posting some trivia questions here.  If you get the right answer, you win!

We’ll make the first question an easy one:  Who was President of the United States in June 1954?  The first person who come in the store today with the correct answer wins a free book of stamps.


Another Reason For A Private Mailbox From Pak Mail

May 27th, 2014 by

With a private mailbox at Pak Mail Anderson Mill, you won’t have to worry about the security of your mail or packages.  Protect yourself from identity theft.

From Fox News on May 22, 2014:

House committee approves bill that would end door-to-door mail for 15 million people

Mailman

A House committee has approved a proposal that would end door-to-door mail delivery for millions of Americans in favor of communal or curbside boxes.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the measure on an 18-13 party-line vote Wednesday. The bill would direct the U.S. Postal Service to convert 15 million addresses over the next decade to the less costly, but also less convenient delivery method.

Democrats objected to the plan, and efforts in recent years to win its adoption have failed.

“I think it’s a lousy idea,” Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., told the Associated Press. Other lawmakers said it wouldn’t work in urban areas where there’s no place on city streets to put banks of “cluster boxes” with separate compartments for each address. People with disabilities who have difficulty leaving their homes could get waivers, and people who still want delivery to their door could pay extra for it — something Lynch derided as “a delivery tax.”

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., acknowledged that the measure is far from the comprehensive overhaul most officials agree is needed to solve the postal service’s financial problems, but said it “provides an interim opportunity to achieve some significant cost savings.”

Converting to communal or curbside delivery would save $2 billion annually, Issa said, quoting from estimates that door delivery costs $380 annually per address compared with $240 for curbside and $170 for centralized methods. He said less than 1 percent of all addresses nationwide would undergo a delivery change annually and that communal boxes offer a safe, locked location for packages, doing away with the need for carriers to leave packages on porches, making them subject to theft and bad weather.

The Postal Service reported a $1.9 billion loss for the first three months this year despite continued cost-cutting, a 2.3 percent rise in operating revenue and increased employee productivity. Package business has risen but the service continues to struggle with inflationary cost increases and a continued decline in first-class mailing as people move to the Internet for letter writing and bill paying.

Postal officials have asked repeatedly for comprehensive legislation giving them more control over personnel and benefit costs and more flexibility in pricing and products. Though various legislative proposals have been advanced, Congress has not been able to agree on a bill with broad changes.

“Lawmakers should fix what they broke, not break what’s working,” National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando said, referring to a 2006 law that requires the Postal Service to prefund its retiree health benefits. Meeting that requirement accounts for the bulk of the postal service’s red ink. He said the Oversight Committee’s bill is “irresponsible … bad for the American public, bad for businesses, bad for the economy and bad for the U.S. Postal Service.”

The Postal Service has been moving to more centralized delivery for some new addresses but hasn’t done much to convert existing addresses, Issa said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Pak Mail Anderson Mill Wins Prestigious Award

April 10th, 2014 by

Pak Mail Anderson Mill Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's List Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Pak Mail Anderson Mill has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

“We strive to provide the best product and the best service at a reasonable price to the customers in our area,” said Joel Altsman, owner of Pak Mail Anderson Mill.  “It’s an honor to be recognized as among the best by an organization as prestigious as Angie’s List.”

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Pak Mail Anderson Mill competes with in Austin are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

Pak Mail Anderson Mill, opened in 2003, is part of a 400 store franchise operating in the U.S., Japan, and Mexico.  Pak Mail offers the best in packing, shipping, crating, and freighting services.


And The Winner Is…

February 25th, 2014 by
Joel Altsman and Pak Mail Anderson Mill win the coveted MVP award.

Joel Altsman and Pak Mail Anderson Mill win the coveted MVP award.

We had our Pak Mail Convention last week in Atlanta.  It was a great time of meeting new people, reconnecting with old friends, absorbing fantastic content, and interacting with important vendors.

Each Convention has a time of handing out awards.  I was totally blown away with an award I won.  It’s the Pak Mail’s MVP award.  The big deal is that it’s sanctioned by the International Franchise Association (IFA) as their Distinguished Achievement Award “in recognition of outstanding individual performance and for contributions that have enhanced franchising’s distinguished place in a free economy.”

As one of franchising’s highest awards, it’s also known as the “Frannie” and can only be won once.  What an honor it was to be recognized for our commitment to providing the best customer experience in the packing and shipping business.

Here’s a picture of me (center) receiving the award from Pak Mail CEO Alex Zai and COO Angela Gomez:


Happy Veteran’s Day!

November 11th, 2013 by

On this day, we honor our military and thank them for the sacrifices and commitments they have made to protect our freedoms.

Here at Pak Mail Anderson Mill we’d like to say thank you as well.  If you’re an active duty member of the military or a vet, just stop by today, show us your military ID, and your UPS, FedEx, LSO, and DHL shipping is 15% OFF!

CFSAnd don’t forget – our deployed military has to pay for phone calls home.  We have partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers to help alleviate this burden.  Bring us your old cell phones and we’ll get them to this wonderful organization.  They use the proceeds from recycling the phones to provide free 60 minute phone cards to our deployed military.  We include one in every APO/FPO package we ship out.


Pak Mail Partners With Cell Phones For Soldiers

September 12th, 2013 by

CFSPAK MAIL ANDERSON MILL HAS PARTNERED WITH

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

TO PROVIDE TROOPS WITH FREE CALLS HOME

Pak Mail Anderson Mill and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Austin residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Austin residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

Austinites can donate their phones at Pak Mail Anderson Mill at:

13359 N. Highway 183

Suite 406

Austin, TX 78750

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Pak Mail that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones for Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

Donated phones are sent to Mindful eCycling for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Approximately half of the phones Mindful eCycling processes are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:

  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
  • Plastic from phone cases and accessories

For more information, please visit www.WeShipAustin.com or www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.

Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Based in Norwell, Mass., Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. The organization has provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to deployed military members. Beginning in 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” provides emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, www.helpingheroeshome.org or http://www.facebook.com/JoinCellPhonesforSoldiers.


Why You Should Rent A Private Mailbox

August 12th, 2013 by

K Cup Robber

Follow this link to read a Huffington Post story that shows why it’s a good idea to rent a private mailbox from a place like Pak Mail Anderson Mill.  We sign for all your packages and ensure they don’t get stolen!

Be sure to read the wanted poster – it’s pretty funny!




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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