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


What Christmas Looks Like In The Shipping Business

December 22nd, 2014 by

Thought you might like to see what Christmas looks like in the shipping business.  This is a picture of the FedEx Memphis hub on December 11, 2014.

FedEx Memphis Hub 12-11-14We hope you have a happy and blessed Christmas!


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:

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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!


What Do You Have To Ship Today?

September 26th, 2014 by

How about a cool sculpture by artist Larry Jolly.  We sent this to a juried art show in San Francisco.

Your Brain On Technology

Think of it as your brain on technology! 🙂


Commemorate 9/11

September 11th, 2014 by

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In the years since 2001, 9/11 has become known as Patriot Day.  Please join Pak Mail Anderson Mill in commemorating this horrific day by honoring and paying tribute to our brave first responders and military heroes.

If you are a first responder (Police, Fire, EMS) or active duty military, anything you ship with us today, 9/11/14, will be FREE.  It’s our way to show our appreciation for what you do to protect us very day and to say thank you for your service.  So stop by and let us say thank you!

May God Bless You Richly!


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!


How About A Refreshing Ice Cream Soda?

August 4th, 2014 by

Soda Fountain Stools

Ah, Summer!  Time to relive our past and head down to the local soda fountain for a refreshing ice cream soda with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Well, we can’t do that, but we did ship these antique soda fountain stools last week.

What do YOU need to ship today?


Why We Ask You What’s In The Box

July 29th, 2014 by

You may be wondering why we always ask you what’s in the box you’re shipping.  Part of it is so we can assess the packaging needs to ensure your treasure is adequately protect from the rigors of the shipping system.  Part of it is so we can add declared value coverage in the appropriate amount to protect you from the slight chance of loss or damage.

But there’s another reason as well – we are liable for what gets shipped out of our store.  Here’s a link to an interesting article on the criminal indictment and multi-million dollar lawsuit facing FedEx these days.  http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2014/07/25/a-touchy-legal-question-for-fedex-ups-whats-in-the-box/

So, we’re not being nosy, we’re just trying to protect both of us!




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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