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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.


I Am Shipping A…

June 24th, 2015 by

Listen to our audio spot

Here’s a fun little spot for your listening enjoyment: “I Am Shipping A…”

What do you have to ship today?


At Pak Mail You Have Choices!

May 26th, 2015 by

3 carriersWe ship with all carriers so you have choices.  Since we’re not owned by any of the carriers, we can ensure your packages is sent with the best one for your needs.  Just stop in and see us at Pak Mail Anderson Mill!


I Love the Post Office

May 21st, 2015 by

An interesting column from the New York Times:

I Love the Post Office by Ethan Hauser, NY Times Sunday Review, May 17, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/opinion/sunday/i-love-the-post-office.html

NOT because it still delivers letters — the Alamo of warm and fuzzy Luddites like my mother and multinational credit card corporations.

And not because of stamps. Collectors, may you never give up on the dream of finding that inverted Jenny-plane 24-center at a flea market in Ohio.

And not because it is celebrating National Dog Bite Prevention Week by ranking cities by the number of attacks on postal employees in 2014 (No. 1: Los Angeles, with 74).

Nor is it the workaday architecture of post offices themselves, whether Brutalist concrete or prefab ranch style.

Nor even the small-town half post office, half general stores, with idiosyncratic hours, and bricks of hunter’s Cheddar.

No, this is a paean to the big-city post office, those grimy, chaotic, good-will-draining temples of American bureaucratic dysfunction, where hopes and packages are mangled, and lunch hours are not to be trifled with, and where you can still experience a city in all its magnificent, unfriendly, unruly mess.

Like the D.M.V. and jury duty, the post office is one of the last great equalizing institutions. There are no V.I.P. windows, no first-class lounges, no velvet ropes — save for the vinyl Tensabarrier aides that children claim as dance partners. All of us — including the actress from “Girls” I spotted one Christmastime, her boulder-scale Chanel shopping bag swinging close to the eye of a toddler — have to face the same beleaguered civil servants, who recite the same scripts about liquids and perishables. It doesn’t matter if you star in a hit television show about Brooklyn — you are still not entitled to mail a lithium battery or genetically modified crops.

As with many of our objects of affection, the post office has shifting moods. Stress and crowds spike around what are thought to be the most anxiety-inducing parts of life: changes of address (moving), tax day (finances), Christmas (major holidays) and Mother’s Day (mothers).

Quieter stretches valley the peaks, but you are always just a passport-renewal seeker or a clerk’s coffee break away from the line threatening to move so slowly that it is actually inching backward. Then one fellow patron might roll his eyes, another might huff, still another might appeal to Jesus. Here, beneath the fluorescent bulbs speckled with what may or may not have once been tiny, vaguely prehistoric winged creatures, our differences dissolve.

Yet there are pleasures to be had, beyond the masochistic ones. At the same Brooklyn post office where I saw the boy nearly blinded by the bag, there is, amid the self-inking stamps used to label mail, one that reads “PRETENTIOUSLY HAZARDOUS.” So flawless was this, so in perfect pitch with the light-speed-changing neighborhood in which it sits, that I thought maybe I had dreamed it up. So I returned and there it was again, the accidental poetry of an author within the United States Postal Service, some 625,000 men and women strong and $5 billion on the bleeding side of its yearly operating budget.

No one can sanely argue that this is money well spent. It could probably buy everyone on earth a candy bar. But maybe that is not the point. Maybe the point is to pick up some stamps today, or send back the empty toner cartridge from your printer — because you’re a good person and you want to save the planet — and lucky you, you are about to see the stubborn, glorious disarray that still tatters our gleaming cities.


Armed Forces Day Is May 16th

May 13th, 2015 by

 

 

Armed Forces DayThis Saturday, May 16th is Armed Forces Day – a day in which we honor those who are willing to serve to protect us.  Then, on Monday, May 25th we’ll celebrate Memorial Day – where we honor those who have sacrificed all for our way of life.

All together, May is designated a Military Appreciation Month and we at Pak Mail Anderson Mill want to show our appreciation.  Any active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces who comes in on Saturday, May 16 will have their shipping needs met by us for absolutely no charge.  Free!  That’s how we’ll show our appreciation.  (We will have a $100 limit, sorry about that).  Just show your military ID and your shipping charges, up to $100, is completely FREE!

We’d also like to call your attention to this special story of a family of true patriots.  Please watch this and share it widely:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/7tyT4glkvBs.  We are incredibly fortunate to have people like this in our country.

Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing this weekend try to find a way to seek out a veteran or an active duty service member and tell them, “Thank You!”  They’ll really appreciate 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?


What’s better – a zip or a postal code?

March 26th, 2015 by

Mr Zip

The U.S. uses zip codes to route mail.  Canada uses different method called a postal code.  Which is better and how do they work?

Here’s a link to an interesting article in the North American Parcel Blog by Lee Smith.  Check it out!


Shipping Lanes

March 2nd, 2015 by

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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.


In Shipping, Size Matters!

January 2nd, 2015 by

dimcountermat7In shipping there is a concept called “dimensional weight”, sometimes referred to as “dim weight”. The concept is pretty straightforward. If you have a box with a bowling ball in it, you pay for the weight to ship it. That seems pretty intuitive. However, the same size box filled with feathers weighs hardly anything at all, but it takes up the same amount of room on the truck or plane as that bowling ball box. So you pay for size, or “dim weight”. You pay for the actual weight or the “dim weight” – whichever is higher.

“Dim weight” is determined by multiplying the length, width, and height of the box to determine its cubic inches then divided by a “dim factor” decided upon by the carriers, currently 166.

Air shipping has always been “dimmed” as jet fuel is expensive, however, in the past ground shipping has not had dim factors applied until the package exceeded three cubic feet – one example is a box that measures 24x18x12. That size is three cubic feet, so anything smaller would ship at actual weight. Anything larger will ship at actual or “dim weight”, whichever is higher.

Beginning this month, in addition to the regular rate increases that come every January both UPS and FedEx will begin applying “dim weight” factors on ALL shipments, ground and air, regardless of size.

What this means to you

It means many lightweight packages will see an increase in cost, not only for the yearly increase, but for the size as well. For example, a 12x12x12 box that weighs 5 lbs. and shipped via ground was charged for 5 lbs. in 2014. With these new changes, a 12x12x12 box dims to 11 lbs. so you will pay for actual weight or 11 lbs., whichever is greater.

Bottom line – if you ship large, lightweight packages your costs will increase, possibly by quite a bit. This is completely beyond our control – it’s what UPS and FedEx have decided to do to combat people using boxes that are too big for what they’re shipping and taking up excess space on the trucks. Think about all those non-fragile Amazon packages you receive with multiple air pillows in them!

As always, we will continue to find the most cost effective solution for your shipping needs while using the smallest packaging possible that still properly protects your items from damage. We appreciate your understanding that this is a carrier decision, not a Pak Mail one.

 

Thanks,

Pak Mail Anderson Mill


Now what?

December 29th, 2014 by

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Christmas has come and gone, but how do your family members get their presents home with them?  Or maybe you forgot about someone you needed to send gifts?  Or maybe some of your family is just forgetful and left their “stuff” at your house when they went home.

Now what?

Bring all that to Pak Mail Anderson Mill and we’ll pack it up, get it on its way, and get it off your to-do list so you can enjoy some time before you have to go back to work.  Just come on by and let us take the post-holiday shipping hassles off your shoulders!




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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