Pak Mail Anderson Mill
13359 North Hwy 183, Ste. 406
Austin, TX 78750
Tel: 512-249-SHIP (7447)
1-512-249-SHIP (7447)
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Back To School!

August 27th, 2013 by


Kids all across the area are heading back to school this week.  Be sure to be extra careful when driving.  Watch out for these precious youngsters!

And don’t forget – it’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing and be sure to obey the speed limit in school zones.  Last, but not least, cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited in the City of Austin.  Not only is it dangerous, but it’s a $250 fine!

And finally, for all you parents out there – enjoy your freedom!  At least until about 3:00 PM when the kids get home. 🙂

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!

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on USPS Budget Solutions

August 9th, 2013 by

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:

Happy 50th Birthday to the ZIP Code!

July 10th, 2013 by


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.”

What Do You Have To Ship Today?

July 9th, 2013 by

PVD Apparatus

Isn’t that an interesting picture?  This is a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) apparatus that is used to reduce liquids into individual molecules for physics and chemistry experiments.  We custom crated it with special heat treated wood because it is being shipped to a university in Germany and raw wood cannot leave North America due to some insect issues.  We also had two pallets of electronics and pumps that went along with this shipment.  Total value for this very delicate and fragile equipment was $160,000!

Today we packed and shipped $3500 worth of original artwork to New York and next week we’ll be palletizing and shipping about 1200 lbs. of jewelry making equipment and supplies to Barbados via ocean container.

Of course, we still do important things like shipping care packages off to camp!  For a view of other interesting things we’ve packed and shipped over the last ten years, just click here.

So, what do YOU have to ship today?  We can handle it for you!!

Happy Birthday To Us!!!

May 31st, 2013 by


It’s hard to believe, but next week, on June 6, it will be ten years since we first opened our doors to serve your logistics and business services needs!

That’s quite a milestone in these economic times, but we have only been able to accomplish it because of YOU, our faithful customers.  We so appreciate your confidence in allowing us to ensure your treasures arrive at their intended destination safely and on time.

It’s been a fun time for us, as well.  We never know what’s coming in the door to challenge our packing and shipping skills.  Take a look here to see some of the more unusual items we’ve packed and shipped over the last ten years.

As a token of our appreciation for your patronage over the years, stop by any time during the month of June, wish us a happy birthday, and get 15% off your shipping or 10% off your entire ticket, whichever works best for you.  (Sorry, USPS products and services are not included.)  As an added bonus, scan your Belly Card (or, if you don’t have one, sign up for our rewards program when you come in) and we’ll give you double points the whole month of June!

P.S – We love birthday cake.  Hint, hint!

Pak Mail Named 2013 Military Friendly Franchise ®

May 14th, 2013 by

Pak Mail announces it was ranked in the top 10 percent of all franchises nationwide and named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise® by Victory Media, publisher of  G.I. Jobs. 

Pak Mail honors military veterans by offering service members a 50% discount off the franchise fee, allowing veterans to use their background and training to launch a new civilian career.

“One in four returning service members indicate interest in owning their own business,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs.  “Franchises are a perfect fit for service members, who bring unparalleled operational skill sets and work ethic but are often unclear how to start a business.”

Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise® places Pak Mail in an elite group and is testimony to their commitment to supporting military veterans interested in franchise opportunities.”

The 2013 Military Friendly Franchises® list was compiled via a data-driven survey overseen by an advisory board of industry experts.  The survey results list were independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

Earth Day Is This Monday, April 22

April 18th, 2013 by

Plastic Loose Fill Council

Pak Mail Anderson Mill is committed to helping the environment all year round.  Here are some examples:

As a member of the Plastic Loose Fill Council, we are a drop off point for all those plastic peanuts you get when you order something.  We will reuse them and keep them out of the landfill.

We use biodegradeable bubble wrap.  Our bubble wrap does a great job of protecting your fragile items, but after 30 days in the landfill it turns to water!  Pretty neat, huh?

Another example. is our participation in the Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign.  Bring us your old cell phones and we’ll send them in to be recycled.  The proceeds from this buys 60 minute phone cards for our military personnel overseas.  We include a free card in every package we send to an APO/FPO address.  That way our brave men and women don’t have to pay for their own calls home to their loved ones.

Lone Star Overnight Is Here!

April 17th, 2013 by

LSO LogoWe 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.

Why you should double box ceramics

January 25th, 2013 by

Last year, when we were getting ready to put our house on the market we had to “stage” the house, which meant taking a bunch of stuff out.  So we put lots of stuff in a storage area.  Most things I just put in boxes with maybe a little bubble wrap since I was handling it myself.

One item, however, was a ceramic wash basin and ewer.  I packed it like I would ship it – bubble wrap, two inches of peanuts in a sturdy box, and a second box with two more inches of peanuts.  I was afraid that since it was big and light and would be on top of a stack in the storage room that it might fall off.  My wife grumbled about overkill and that’s what you get when you’re married to a guy who packs for a living.

All was fine – until this week when we decided to bring the ewer home and use it in our guest room.  A friend of mine helped us transport a bunch of stuff out of storage, including that piece.  Since he’s a highly competent guy, I didn’t pay much attention to how he tied it all down in the back of his pick up.

Well, we’re going down the road at 60 mph and the box with the ewer and basin goes flying off the back of the truck and into the road!  I figured it was a goner.  It may survive a UPS or FedEx conveyor belt, but falling off a truck at 60 mph?

When we opened it up at home it was in perfect condition!  Not a nick or a scratch.  And no more grumbles from the wife!

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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