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4419 Centennial Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Tel: 719-593-1212
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Pak Mail Prepares Items for Packing and Shipping

October 30th, 2017 by

Fragility, value and shipping method determine packaging preparation

Pak Mail prepares items for packing and shipping based on several factors including fragility, value, and shipping method. Packaging prep for non-fragile items like clothing or soft toys is simple: place the items in a bag to keep them clean, then into the appropriate box for shipping with UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, or freight. Easy!

Packaging preparation for shipping other items is a little more complicated. The shipping methodfreight on a pallet or small package — is the first consideration.

  1. Freight on a pallet: Small pieces of framed artwork require glass mask, small bubble, and corrugated sandwiches. A small amount of cushioning material will keep them safe during transport. These pieces shipped with the furniture shown in #4. This same artwork shipped as a small package requires two inches of protection around all dimensions (large bubble and packing peanuts).
  2. Small package with FedEx ground: High-value artwork needs soft foam on the plaster frame, acid-free paper on the painting, and Styro lining before being placed in a custom wooden crate.
  3. Freight on a pallet: Van conversion kits from Wayfarer Vans are wrapped in felt blankets and placed in custom corrugated boxes.
  4. Freight on a pallet: Delicate furniture is wrapped in a felt blanket before placing in a Styro-lined box.

 

framed artwork preparation

1. preparing framed artwork

high-value artwork preparation for wooden crate

2. preparing high-value artwork for crate

van conversion kit preparation for pallet

3. preparing van conversion kit

furniture preparation for freight

4. preparing fine furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pak Mail Provides a Secure Delivery Location for Packages

October 25th, 2017 by

Tip on how to opt out of weekend delivery

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Tinsel and twinkling lights abound — started in late summer. Our thoughts turn to gift giving. Shopping on the internet from home increases by leaps and bounds. Online merchants don’t always help you choose a secure delivery location for packages. Some, like Amazon, have weekend delivery set as the default. This includes instructions from Amazon to the US Postal Service to leave packages unattended outside a closed business.

Pak Mail discovered this delivery practice and developed a tip sheet to opt out of weekend delivery. Check your delivery options carefully when placing an online order.

USPS delivers packages for Amazon

Amazon USPS package

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Moves Are Easy for Pak Mail

September 14th, 2017 by

Too small for a moving company, just right for a pallet shipment

Most national moving companies charge a minimum weight-based rate, typically 1,600 to 2,000 pounds. This 1,300-pound small move is a 2-pallet shipment of household goods — small pieces of furniture, books, knickknacks, framed artwork, clothing.

The photo actually contains two separate shipments. The two pallets on the left are the small move; the smaller pallet on the right contains an over-sized “Santa” chair from a local gallery.

Are you planning a small move from Colorado Springs? Get a quote from Pak Mail.

small move – household goods and furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ship Documents and Small Packages Internationally

September 8th, 2017 by

Pak Mail offers international DHL shipping

Pak Mail is the only shipping company conveniently located at the corner of Garden of the Gods Road and Centennial Boulevard that offers international shipping with all small-package carriers, including DHL.

We also ship to countries outside the United States with UPS, FedEx, and USPS.

Pak Mail offers services with FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS postal, and large freight carriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipping a Package with “UP” Arrows

September 1st, 2017 by

Directional arrows work… sometimes

We recently had a discussion with a customer about shipping plants inside a box with “up” arrows. UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS and other small-package carriers do not guarantee that a package will remain in the “up” position throughout its shipping journey.

This interaction prompted some research; it never hurts to enhance — or confirm — our shipping knowledge. Under Packaging Guidelines for Flowers and Plants on the FedEx Express website, we found the following bullet point: “Secure contents inside the shipping container, because directional arrows cannot always be honored, and plants and flowers may be shipped in different orientations.”

This is true of all small-package shipments. A package is handled multiple times before reaching its destination. There is no guarantee that a package will remain in its original “upright” position. The carrier sorting facilities employ conveyor belts. A question to ask: Can the contents of this package survive a 4-foot fall off a conveyor belt?

At Pak Mail we ensure all items are properly packed based on fragility, value, and even sentimentality, so they arrive at their destination safely.

directional arrow for package

Packaging with UP Arrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pak Mail Labor Day Weekend Hours

August 28th, 2017 by

Hours of operation for the holiday weekend

About five years ago, we made an executive decision to close the store two 3-day weekends per year: Labor Day and Memorial Day. Pak Mail will be closed Labor Day weekend, September 2, 3, and 4, and will be back to normal business hours on Tuesday, September 5. All carriers — UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, and freight — are closed on Monday, September 4.

From our family to yours… have a safe and rejuvenating weekend!

Pak Labor Day Weekend Holiday Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipping Large & Awkward Equipment

July 11th, 2017 by

Pak Mail makes it easy to pack & ship large items

This elliptical exercise machine shipped after the July 4th holiday. Steps for packing a large item like this include:

  • Attach the machine to a sturdy pallet with braces under the legs to keep it from shifting in transit.
  • Stabilize the moving arms with stretch wrap.
  • Build a very large custom-made double-wall corrugated cover and attach it to the pallet with wood staples.
  • Install metal strapping over the box to secure it to the pallet.

Pak Mail ships big stuff!

Elliptical exercise equipment prep for shipping

Elliptical exercise equipment ready for freight shipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pak Mail Prepares Pallets for International Shipping

June 30th, 2017 by

Yes, pallets like this tend to look alike. It’s what’s inside that counts. This one contains broadcast equipment from Matchsports, the company that provided live coverage of the June 25 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Matchsports arranged the shipping to Australia; Pak Mail ensured that everything was packed securely for safe transit. We did not use wood on this one, so there are no concerns with shipping it internationally.

Matchsports Broadcast Equipment Ready for Shipment to Australia

 

 

 

Pak Mail – July 4th Holiday Hours

June 29th, 2017 by

UPS, FedEx, DHL, & USPS are closed July 4

Pak Mail’s Holiday Schedule

Saturday, July 1 — Open 9 to 3

Monday,  July 3 — Open 9 to 6

Tuesday,  July 4 — CLOSED

Normal hours the rest of the week.

Enjoy a safe holiday!

Pak Mail Independence Day Holiday Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Tip – Amazon Sunday Delivery

June 28th, 2017 by

How to turn off the Sunday-delivery option

Amazon (per contract with USPS) has instructed the Post Office (USPS) to leave Amazon packages outside the front door on Sundays.

If you do not want your packages left unsecured outside your front door on Sundays, do the following:

  1. Log in to your Amazon account.
  2. Click on Account & Lists.
  3. Click on Addresses (sign in if needed).
  4. For each address, click Edit at the bottom of the box.
  5. Scroll down to Weekend Delivery and click.
  6. Uncheck Sunday.
  7. Save changes.

Hope this helps!

How to turn off Amazon Sunday-delivery option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Why Choose Pak Mail

Pak Mail Colorado Springs is a full service shipping store located in Colorado Springs that specilaizes in custom packing, custom crating, and specialty freight shipping. Request a Free Online Estimate or call us at 719-593-1212.

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