Holiday Shipping

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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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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Last Minute Shipping Tips & Deadlines for the Holidays

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.  Between shopping, coordinating travel, and planning meals, shipping your holiday packages might not be the #1 priority on your list.  Here are some quick tips to help ensure that your packages arrive safely and aren’t mistaken as New Year’s gifts due to their late arrival. Make sure you know your deadlines. With today’s technology, it’s easy to expect things instantly – instant coffee, instant news, instant movies, instant shipping… and it’s all too easy to forget that shipping a package halfway across the country does take time.  From your friendly Pak Mail staff to final recipient, your package might go through 5 physical touch points, and …

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How to Keep Packages Safe this Holiday Season

While many are expecting packages and gifts to arrive this week, news stations around the country are airing a similar (and unnerving) story this holiday season. In a disturbing trend, thieves are stealing holiday packages right off doorsteps! Austin, Texas Pak Mail store owner Joel Altsman was interviewed in this segment and he provided several helpful tips to help ensure your packages arrive safely: Always request a signature of receipt from the shipper. Ship packages to your work or place of employment. Send packages in an unmarked box so it’s not obvious what’s inside. Rent a mailbox and have items held there for safekeeping. Altsman noted that by renting a mailbox at your local Pak Mail, store employees will also sign …

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Add a Personal Touch to Your Holiday Shipping

According to the National Retail Federation, holiday shopping spending this November and December is expected to increase 13-15 percent over 2012. Improved consumer confidence, consumer credit, and disposable personal income will contribute to an increased spend of up to $82 billion this holiday season. Online shopping will see the largest growth. NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay, explains, “In this economy, savvy, cost-conscious consumers go to the web to do their research and get the best bang for their buck.” Black Friday 2013 was the holiday season’s first day of online shopping that surpassed $1 billion, with a $1.2 billion day; a 15% increase over Black Friday 2012.

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Holiday Shipping Tips for 2013

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are right around the corner and that means Christmas is not far behind. The holiday shopping season seems to begin earlier and earlier every year with holiday items found in stores during Halloween and lights and decorations going up in early November. For some, the holidays can mean a time of stress over mall traffic, choosing the right gifts, and getting those gifts to their intended recipients on time. Others seem to be on top of everything with all their gifts purchases, wrapped, and out the door before Thanksgiving. The majority of people are probably somewhere in between trying to enjoy the season and get everything done with as little stress as possible. Here are some tips …

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Avoid Baggage Fees and Airport Hassles – Ship Your Luggage with Pak Mail

  According to our team’s research and other sources, there are only two major domestic airlines that do not charge fees for checked baggage. Baggage fees for the first checked bag now range anywhere from $15 – $45, with second bags costing an additional $15 – $55. Most international airlines do not charge for the first checked bag, but the second checked bag can cost as much as $230. Keep in mind that these fees are charged each way on your trip, so traveling with your luggage can be a lot more expensive than just a plane ticket. George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog.com says,“…it’s less expensive to ship than to pay a $25 or even more expensive baggage fee.” Additionally, the fees increase …

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Don’t Leave Out Dad This Father’s Day

  Let’s face it – Mother’s Day is a bigger deal than Father’s Day. We suspect it might have something to do with the childbirth part of being a mom. We’ll definitely give you that one… So, is that the reason dads seem to get shortchanged when it comes to their day of celebration? For instance, in 2012, Americans spent $8 million less celebrating Father’s Day than Mother’s Day. Also, did you know that Father’s Day wasn’t officially recognized until 58 years after Mother’s Day? Thankfully, Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a permanent national holiday in the United States in 1972. And, here is our favorite nugget of dad’s day trivia knowledge: more phone calls are made in the US …

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