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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!


Why Free Shipping Really Isn’t Free

August 31st, 2015 by

Free – that’s something we all like to hear when we want something.  Amazon Prime has changed the shipping paradigm so everyone thinks all products should ship for free.  But is it really free or is it just a marketing ploy to get us to spend more?

Check out this interesting blog post from our friends at Betachon Freight Auditing and see what’s really going on!

And remember – we’re here to serve you in any way we can.  That means the most cost effective shipping solutions that will get your items to their intended destination safely and on time.


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.


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!




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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