Shipping Tips

Winter Weather Travel Tips

Typically, only the Northern half of the country has to worry about getting around in snowy and icy weather. However, this weekend, Winter Storm Helena has other ideas. Meteorologists are predicting the storm to bring freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow to the Southeast, including Tennessee, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Alabama and even Georgia. It can be stressful preparing yourself and your vehicle for this weather. Knowing this, here are 10 helpful tips for everyone looking to travel in these less-than-ideal conditions. 1. Stay home! – Simple enough. If you absolutely don’t have to travel, don’t risk it. Stay home and stay warm with a nice glass of hot chocolate and a good book. We understand that’s not an …

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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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How to Ship a Motorcycle?

Short of riding it to the destination, those seeking to transport a motorcycle are left with two options: open and closed shipping. While the method used is dependent upon the needs of the shipper, each comes with its own benefits and drawbacks.

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What You Need to Know About Declared Value Coverage

Mistakes happen and sometimes what you ship doesn’t make it to where it’s going. Be sure you know the options for how to deal with a lost or damaged package.

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An Open Letter to Failed New Year’s Resolutions:

Dear Failed New Year’s Resolutions, We know it is not your fault that someone picked you as “their” resolution with zero intent of actually completing you, the resolution. We’ve been there. It’s the end of December and someone decided they are going to work on a New Year’s Resolution in the upcoming year. Then, before you know it, it’s the end of January and they haven’t had a chance to even think about you. It’s not their fault; school started up again, a new quarter at work began, emails piled up over the holidays, etc. We are here to help Failed Resolutions find a new home and peace of mind. Pak Mail offers services to come to households, pick up …

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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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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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How to Guide for Freight & Cargo Shipping

  Freight or cargo shipping can be a daunting process the first, second, or even fiftieth time you do it. We will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions associated with cargo shipping, as well as provide the steps to follow for a successful shipment. Prepare the packaging for your shipment. Make sure to choose the most appropriate packing material for your particular shipment. It is a good idea to use crates, drums, cartons, or cages for protection. Using blankets and other cushioning material to wrap your shipment and secure it to a pallet provides another form of protection. Inner packaging materials are very important to protect the individual contents of your packages. Bubble wrap, foam cushioning, honeycomb, paper pad, …

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What You Need to Know About Shipping Hazardous Materials

  The shipment of hazardous materials is a very complicated and regulated process, and one that requires great care and a high level of expertise to complete safely and successfully. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates the transportation of hazardous materials. According to the requirements of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA), “No person may offer or accept hazardous material for transportation in commerce unless that person is registered…and the hazardous material is properly classified, described, packaged, marked, labeled, and in condition for shipment as required or authorized.” The full regulations required for compliance with the HTMA are listed here, but we’ll give you an overview to save you time and sanity. Or, you can visit your local Pak …

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Pak Mail Student Shipping

  Yes, you read that right – Pak Mail student shipping – but, it’s not what you think. We are not in the business of shipping students from one place to another. You may have seen one of our posters advertising student shipping and it may have looked something like this: Poor choice of words? Perhaps. Or perhaps, “We ship students” is exactly what we meant. We know that being a student is a defining characteristic and that the idea of student is an all-encompassing lifestyle. We also know that college is a time in a person’s life that deserves being embraced – not spent hauling boxes or furniture. So, yes…we do ship students. We are experts in shipping, especially …

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