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

April 22nd, 2015 by

packing-peanuts

In honor of Earth Day, we thought we’d share this really interesting article from gizmag.com.  It talks about how styrofoam packing peanuts can be used in making batteries.

See how Pak Mail Anderson Mill works to keep peanuts out of the landfill and some of our other recycling efforts by clicking here.  We only have one planet – let’s take good care of 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!

How Amazon Warehouse Robots Work

March 10th, 2015 by

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Check out this really cool video to see how Amazon uses robots to fulfill your order:

http://www.chonday.com/Videos/how-the-amazon-warehouse-works

Shipping Lanes

March 2nd, 2015 by

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About 90% of all the goods traded globally spended at least some time on a container ship before being unloaded at a port and transported by truck to their destinations.

Click on this link to see a facinating video that tracks this global movement.

And, speaking of ocean shipping, click on this link to see why you need a professional like Pak Mail Anderson Mill to do all your packing, especially for goods going overseas by ship.

Protect Against Identity Theft

February 23rd, 2015 by

Secure

In this day and age, identity theft is becoming a multi-billion dollar problem.  Protect yourself in two ways at Pak Mail Anderson Mill:

1.  Use our confidential shredding service to safely and securely dispose of your old, unneeded paperwork.  All documents are stored in a locked bin until being shredded on-site for ultimate security.

Only $1.00 per pound for peace of mind!!

2.  Rent a private mailbox from us.  You get a physical address, so you can order merchandise online.  We will sign for your packages and hold them for you.  And by having them come here, you don’t run the risk of them getting wet or stolen on your front porch.  As an added bonus, you won’t have to worry about having your mail – and identity – stolen.

More peace of mind!

Stop by today, rent a milbox and bring us your shredding.

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

Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2014 by

Desk Calendar Represents Year Two Thousand FifteenHappy New Year!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our faithful and loyal customers for making 2014 another successful year here at Pak Mail Anderson Mill.  Without you, we wouldn’t exist!

We’ll be closing New Year’s Eve about 1:00 PM and will be closed all day on New Year’ Day.  After resting up we’ll be back to serve you in 2015 at 9:00 AM on Friday, January 2.

Enjoy the holiday – we’ll see you next year!

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!



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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