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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Pak Mail Partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers to Provide Troops with Donated Calling Cards

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Pak Mail and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers are asking local residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas and around the world. By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, local residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home. Beginning today through May 31, residents can donate their phones at any Pak Mail location across the country. Alex Zai, Pak Mail President and CEO, stressed the importance of Pak Mail’s continuing their support of the Cell Phones for Soldiers organization and its cellular phone donation and …

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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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Pak Mail Reacquires Southern Region Territory

Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc.’s International Support Center (ISC) has reacquired the area developer rights to the U.S. Southern Region market that encompasses East Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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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 (you can watch it here) 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 …

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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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Happy Thanksgiving from Pak Mail

In case you weren’t aware or hadn’t ever thought about it, Thanksgiving typically is not an occasion for a lot of shipping (unlike the upcoming holiday shipping season). It isn’t very easy to ship a turkey or Grandma’s famous stuffing, but that doesn’t mean Thanksgiving isn’t a good time to share love. This can be hard to do when you’re far away from those you love – whether you’re deployed or in the military or limited in your ability to travel. Sending cards or making phone calls is a good way to keep in touch. Skype and FaceTime have changed the way we communicate across long distances and can ease the pain of being far away. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is thought …

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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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