Here’s an interesting article from Dead Tree Edition’s blog. Click on this link to read it.
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!
And 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.
Here’s an interesting blog post about the post office and the cause of some of its woes. Take a read HERE.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well!
Here’s an interesting update on what the Postmaster General thinks it will take to fix the USPS financial issues. Of course, it will only work if Congress acts responsibly. Follow this think to read this short interview from Bloomberg Business: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-08/postmaster-general-patrick-donahoe-on-usps-budget-solutions?goback=.gde_120269_member_264326803
Article by: Adam Belz , Star Tribune
Updated: July 2, 2013 – 10:33 PM
Beyond helping to sort our mail since 1963, ZIP codes have proved invaluable as a way for government and businesses to make sense of data.
Before e-mail or cellphones or even the fax machine came a revolutionary advance in how people get information to the right destination: the ZIP code.
Fifty years ago this week, the U.S. Postal Service rolled out the codes in an effort to make it easier to sort a surge in post-war mail.
Instituted during a summer when Harmon Killebrew blasted 45 home runs for the Twins and engineers at Control Data were putting the finishing touches on the world’s fastest supercomputer, the humble addition of five digits to every address in the United States turned out to be momentous, and not just for the Postal Service.
“The post office built this system of little geographical areas and laid it down on a map of the United States and it made sense for delivering mail,” said Jay Coggins, an applied economist at the University of Minnesota. “And it turned out to be a very convenient way to measure all sorts of socioeconomic and health numbers.”
Banks and insurers now use ZIP codes to analyze mortgage risk and set premiums, real estate firms use them to organize listings and retailers use them to decide where to build new stores. A recent analysis by the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General and IBM estimates the annual value of ZIP codes at $9.5 billion.
The largest benefits are enjoyed not by the post office or large-scale direct mailers, said Jeff Colvin, a research director at the Office of the Inspector General.
“People outside the Postal Service and even outside the mailing industry seemed to get more benefit over a long period of time than the savings to the Postal Service and to people who do mail-related stuff,” Colvin said. “It was really people outside of that who used the division of the country into ZIP codes for all kinds of purposes to organize their own businesses.”
ZIP codes are now an integral part of 20th-century technology, such as credit card authorizations, and 21st-century technology, like mapping programs on smartphones. The U.S. Census Bureau churns out rafts of ZIP code-specific economic data.
What’s remarkable is that this was all an accident. In the early 1960s, the Postal Service just needed a better way to sort mail and was eyeing automated sorting. Before July 1963, mail was largely sorted by address. Mail volume exploded after World War II, and hand sorting it all became nearly impossible.
West Germany had just rolled out postal codes and achieved 80 percent adoption in one year, so Postmaster General Edward Day introduced the idea of ZIP codes at a conference in October 1962. Believing the new system needed heavy promotion, Day also introduced the cartoon character Mr. ZIP.
The launch of the new system was met with grumbling by some companies, but it quickly caught on, thanks in part to the aggressive publicity campaign. By 1969, 83 percent of Americans were using ZIP codes, and in 1983 the Postal Service added four digits.
The codes fill a specific need in geographic data analysis. Lots of research is done at the census tract and county level, said the U’s Coggins. ZIP codes are in a research sweet spot between tracts, with between 1,500 and 8,000 people, and counties, which can include millions.
“There’s lots of work that deals with ZIP code areas,” Coggins said.
Timothy Taylor, managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives based at Macalester College, calls ZIP codes “an open source product for organizing data by geography.” It’s difficult to put a dollar figure on the value of the system, but it improves economic efficiency, he said.
“If the ZIP code had been invented and maintained by a private company, and it was being licensed to other firms [including the post office], that company would certainly be worth a few billion dollars,” he said in an e-mail.
That’s not something postal officials had in mind in 1963.
“Like a lot of wisdom, it was a lot of luck,” Colvin said. “I don’t think they thought through, or could have thought through all the extensive uses businesses and otherwise would make of the innovation.”
We are pleased to announce we have added Lone Star Overnight (LSO) to our list of carriers. Here at Pak Mail Anderson Mill we strive to provide our customers with the best solutions to their logistics needs and that includes offering a variety of choices when it comes to shippers.
LSO has been serving Texas for over 20 years. They offer overnight service as well as ground shipping to all of Texas as well as parts of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Without the overhead of the larger national carriers, LSO also often offers a lower price for the equivalent service.
LSO has an excellent reputation and takes great care in handling packages. Since we want to be sure your treasures arrive at the proper destination in good condition, we are very picky about which companies we use for shipping. LSO meets our high standards.
The next time you have shipping needs within the state, stop by give Lone Stat Overnight a try. We think you’ll be very happy with this new service.
Here at Pak Mail Anderson Mill we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the very best experience possible. One of the components to that experience is having a choice of carriers. One size does not fit all when it comes to shipping and we want to ensure the best value and effectiveness for our customers.
Because of that we offer multiple choices for your shipping needs. In the small package arena we offer FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS. We will soon be adding Lone Star Overnight to that list as well (more on that in a future post). For large freight we use LTL carriers like Estes Express, YRC, and R+L Carriers as well as several different blanket wrap carriers and vehicle movers.
Today, let’s talk about small package carriers. How do we decide between FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS? It all depends on what we’re shipping and where it’s going. For example, for domestic air services we our ten years of experience tells us that FedEx does the best job by far. For ground shipping, both FedEx and UPS are fairly equal, however, UPS does a much better job in rural areas and when there may be some doubt about the accuracy of the address.
For international shipping, we find that FedEx and DHL are both excellent carriers with a decided advantage for DHL to areas like small towns in Mexico, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, India, and the Middle East.
From a cost perspective, all three of these carriers stay very close to each other for competitive reasons. This allows us to choose the best service for that shipment without worrying about the cost.
For letters and small, light parcels USPS has a definite cost advantage, however, there is no real tracking capability like the others and we have no way to track down an errant package. If the package is more than two or three pounds, however, and is traveling more than 600 miles, UPS and FedEx Ground will likely be less expensive while providing a higher level of service.
So here’s the bottom line – unlike some of our competitors, Pak Mail Anderson Mill offers choices in carriers – and we tailor that choice to your specific needs of when the package needs to arrive and where it’s going. What can we ship for you today?
Well, we’re down to the nub! Today is your absolute last chance to use ground shipping in time for Christmas – but only if the destination is in Texas (except El Paso, Amarillo, or Brownsville). And even at that, we can make no promises!
We can still do overnight shipping to anywhere in the country either today or until about 3:00 PM tomorrow, Saturday. After that, deliveries won’t be made until after Christmas.
So, buy those final gifts and come on in so we can get your treasures off to their final destinations!
From all of us at Pak Mail Anderson Mill, we wish you a merry and blessed Christmas – and we thank you for your business all year long!
Today and tomorrow will be the two busiest shipping days of the year. Today is also the last day for ground shipping to the east or west coast in time for Christmas.
Avoid the long lines and surly attitudes at the post office. Come see us for all your packing and shipping needs!
You’ve still got plenty of time to get those treasures to your loved ones in time for Christmas. Come see us today and you’ll be able to check off an item on your holiday to-do list.
To help you even more, our extended holidays hours begin today and run through December 22. We’re open 9:00 – 7:00 during the week, 9:00 – 5:00 on Saturday, and even 1:00 – 4:00 on Sunday for your convenience.
So don’t delay! The sooner you come see us, the sooner you can relax!