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Austin, TX 78750
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Beware Of “Porch Pirates”

December 12th, 2015 by

Don’t let this happen to you!

Package Theft

 

 

 

 

 

This is the time of year when gifts are flowing through the shipping systems and onto your porch.  With people sending gifts to farflung family members and ordering online for themselves there is a significant increase in packages being shipped.  And a concurrent increase in thefts.

Read about it here.

Keep your treasures safe.  Consider renting a mailbox from a store like Pak Mail Anderson Mill.  We will sign for your packages and keep them safe until you arrive to pick them up.  Another alternative, if your employer allows, is to ship to your workplace.  That way the packages aren’t on your porch.  And check with the people you’re sending to.  If we can ship your gifts to their workplace, you even save money as the carriers charge less for commercial deliveries than residential ones.

If none of these options work, considering shipping with a signature required.  There is a fee for this and if the recipient isn’t home they’ll have to arrange delivery, but it’s well worth it over the alternative, especially for expensive packages.

Stop by Pak Mail Anderson Mill and we’ll help you decide the best course of action!

Quick Tips for Holiday Shipping

December 9th, 2015 by

The Christmas season is upon us.  Where did the year go?  Pak Mail offers secure packing services and shipping — UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS.  You do the shopping and gift wrapping… we’ll do the rest!  We’ll help you choose the most cost-effective method to ensure your Christmas holiday gifts arrive safely and on time.

Quick tips for shipping holiday gifts:

  • Keep all receipts for gifts purchased.Santa Package
  • Come prepared. Information includes:
    • Ship-to name, address, & phone number;
    • Contents of the package being shipped;
    • Which items are fragile;
    • Value of the item(s) being shipped; and
    • When you would like the package to arrive.
  • Ship as early as possible in the season.
  • Perfume, wine, and liquor cannot be shipped.
  • International & APO shipments require an itemized contents list for customs.
  • Shipping guarantees can be interrupted by inclement weather, so ship as early as possible to allow for possible delays.
  • There are no deliveries on Christmas Day.

Shipping holiday gifts is simple and easy at Pak Mail Anderson Mill!

Start Planning Your Holiday Shipping

November 30th, 2015 by

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Don’t forget to get an early start on shipping. Avoid weather delays and last minute rushes by shipping early this holiday season.
If you have any packages going to an APO or FPO address, you should really get them sent this week to be sure they’re in time for Christmas.
And don’t forget to let us pack your fragile and/or expensive items to ensure they arrive at their destinations safely.  We’re here to help!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2015 by

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From our place to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be closed on Thanksgiving to spend time with our families, but will be back to serve you on Friday at 9:00 AM.  Enjoy your day – and try not to eat too much.  Just set your scales back 10 lbs. before you go to bed tonight!

We are thankful for each and every one of you who have made our success over the last 12+ years.  We raise a toast to YOU!

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!

Veterans – Thank You!

November 11th, 2015 by

Veterans Day

Show your Military ID today and get 15% OFF UPS, FedEx, or DHL shipping as our way of saying thank you for your service!

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?



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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