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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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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In Today’s Fast Paced World, Don’t Forget the Notary!

  These days, everything seems to take place at breakneck speed. Email, text messages, Skype, and Siri have created a culture where the answer is at your fingertips twenty-four hours a day. Unfortunately, some tasks are rooted in tradition and still require some human interaction. For example, passport applications for minors require a signature and notarization from any parent who cannot be present. Or, sworn financial statements for legal proceedings require notarization to validate the document’s authenticity. In case you were wondering, the office of the notary public traces its origins back to the ancient Republic of Rome. Before the days of Cicero (106-43 B.C.), this person was called scribe – scribae, writer – tabelliuis, or notary – notarius. The …

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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 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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