2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

With Thanksgiving having come and gone, the holiday shipping season is officially upon us. This can certainly be a stressful time of year making sure gifts for out-of-state friends and family make it on time. If you’re planning on shipping gifts this year, stay ahead of the game by knowing the particular deadlines for each carrier so that your gifts arrive in time for Christmas. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2016 HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES CALENDAR Knowing the shipping deadlines is important but here are some other tips to help you breeze through the holiday gift giving season. 1. Get It Done Early: This will save you time, money and headaches. The longer you wait, the longer the lines are going …

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To the Gifts That Don’t Need Packaged

For many, Thanksgiving signifies the start of the holiday gift-giving season. Stores across the country are offering big discounts on everything from 80-inch TVs to themed coffee mugs. Many of the items purchased will then be brought into a Pak Mail store to be packaged and shipped to friends and family across the globe. Today, though, we’d like to salute and send thanks for the gifts which don’t need to be packaged. We’re talking about the phone calls to family members, or the pure joy in your dog’s face when she tackles you as you walk in the door. How about a delicious home-cooked meal after you’ve been ordering takeout for weeks? Also, there is the time spent catching up …

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Small Business Feature: Tastes Like Home, No Matter How You Slice It

We’ve all heard the phrase, “The best thing since sliced bread.” Well, Great Harvest Bread Co. in Cedar Rapids takes that saying to a whole new level. Over 15 years ago, Dion and Laurel Williams moved to Dion’s hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The couple own and operate the Great Harvest Bread Co. bakery, a popular spot for lunch and all things baked goods. All Whole Wheat breads are made from flour they mill every day to ensure that the customer is always getting the best bread made fresh daily. To keep things exciting, GHB has daily specialty bread and baked goodies. As detailed in their June e-newsletter, you can find the GHB team participating in community events such as …

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Small Business Feature Series: Looking to Treat Your Dog? Check Out For Pet’s Sake in Blaine, MN

Picture this: You’ve had a long day at work. You’re tired, you had to scrape the ice off your windshield and traffic was terrible. You finally pull into the driveway 45 minutes later than normal. You trudge through the snow, unlock the front door, walk in and all of a sudden, Jake, your 2-year old golden retriever jumps up, knocks you down and showers you with kisses and a wagging tail, happy you’re home. Instantly, your bad day is forgotten. For this and countless other attributes, our pets deserve the best. After all, they are part of the family. If you live near Blaine, Minnesota, one place you can try for the best in pet care is For Pet’s Sake. …

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How to Properly Pack Your Freight for Shipment

We’ve all experienced the disappointment of opening a package, only to discover the item was damaged due to improper packing. Minimize the chances of this happening by following a few insider tips from the experts at Pak Mail. 7 PACKING TIPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR FREIGHT Follow these seven freight tips to ensure your items arrive at their destination safe and sound: 1. Separate breakables from unbreakables –Put glasses, dishes, antiques, and other fragile items in a separate container. Ensure their protection by wrapping them individually with bubble wrap and packing them in a manner that limits movement when in the box. Secure your boxes with heavy duty packing or shipping tape, which can be purchased at any Pak Mail …

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Why Opening a Pak Mail Franchise Makes Sense

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business, but didn’t know where to start? From filling the perfect niche to raising the funds to get it off the ground, developing and opening your own business can seem like an insurmountable task. Enter the franchise. Opening a franchise is a great way to own your own business without the added risk and financial hurdles associated with building one from the ground up, and nothing can be more true than opening a franchise with Pak Mail. A tried and true model of success supported by a network of resources, opening a franchise with Pak Mail has everything aspiring entrepreneurs need to not just run their own business, but succeed in it …

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The Benefits of Using Pak Mail for Freight Shipping

The logistics of freight shipping for personal use or for your small or large business can often be a difficult road to traverse, and one not likely to receive guidance from a direct carrier. This is why Pak Mail is proud to be a one-stop shop for all your freight logistics needs. From developing and managing all your freight logistics to helping you with a one-time shipment that’s just too daunting to handle on your own, the benefits of using Pak Mail for all your commercial freight needs are a direct reflection of our 30+ years of experience in the packing, shipping, and freight industry. LOGISTICS Managing the who, what, when, where, why, and how of frieght shipping can be …

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The Joy of Giving

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, many are experiencing the fear that nips at its heels. Am I prepared? Have I bought all my gifts? Will they arrive on time? All natural thoughts, yet strong enough to consume you to the point where it’s tempting to sit back in a huff and think “Is it all worth it?” The answer is a resounding yes. There is an intrinsic sense of joy that comes from finding that special something for that special someone and seeing their eyes light up upon opening it. A giant smile crosses you face, your heart races, and your brain begins firing on all cylinders as your body swells with joy over having made someone’s day. All …

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Last Minute Shipping Tips for the 2015 Holiday Season

If there’s one thing you don’t want to do during the holiday season, it’s procrastinate on your shopping and shipping duties. While carriers like FedEx and UPS tend to remain pretty reliable, a number of things can pop up – inclement weather, higher-than-expected volume, and other unforeseen issues – that can lead to delayed packages and a very disappointing holiday season. We here at Pak Mail know that life can sometimes get in the way, leading to the delayed shipping of your gifts. Follow these guidelines to ensure your packages get where they need to be when they need to get there. Know Your Deadlines With every passing day between Black Friday and Christmas, the window for getting your packages …

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Shop & Ship Early for 2015 Holiday Shipping Success

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 …

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