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Can Pak Mail Ship a Bubble Hockey Arcade Game?

May 23rd, 2017 by

Yes, we can! Game on!

Pictures of this Bubble Hockey Non-video Arcade Game tell the story of this eBay shipment.

Arcade Game on a pallet

Bubble Hockey Arcade Game on a pallet

Arcade game packing

Bubble Hockey Arcade Game with styro-lined box

arcade game boxed on pallet

Bubble Hockey Arcade Game box being placed on pallet

arcade game ready for pickup

Bubble Hockey Arcade Game outside and ready for pickup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pak Mail Ships Metal Sculpture T-Rex

May 11th, 2017 by

Packed in a box and strapped on a pallet for freight shipping

T-Rex Metal Sculpture from Camino Real Imports

What can we ship for you today? How about a T-Rex from Camino Real in Manitou Springs?

We never know what will come through the front door next.

Pak Mail customers provided lots of comments about this light-weight, ferocious monster.

 

 

 


Too Big to Ship with UPS or FedEx?

May 5th, 2017 by

Antique Trunk Packing Prep for Shipping

Antique Trunk on Pallet Ready for Carrier Pickup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pak Mail ships large and awkward items.

Pak Mail easily ships small packages with UPS, FedEx, or DHL to US and international destinations. Large and awkward items are easy for Pak Mail to ship, too. We choose the best protective packaging for the item based on its fragility, place it on a pallet, and ship it with one of our contracted freight carriers — ground, air, or ocean.

 


Pak Mail Ships Bronze Artwork

April 28th, 2017 by

Crating process for bronze artwork shipping

Pak Mail ships bronze artwork for local galleries. This Jane A. Rankin bronze required a wood crate on a pallet. Wood braces are covered with a soft material, strategically placed against the bronze, and screwed to the crate. When the crating process is complete, the bronze is secure and ready for freight shipping.

Pak Mail ships artwork — all shapes, sizes, and art media.

crate process - start

Starting the crating process for bronze by Jane A. Rankin.

crate process - braces

Bracing inside crate for Jane A. Rankin bronze.

crate process - finished and ready for freight pickup

Completed crate for   Jane A. Rankin bronze ready for carrier pickup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


College Student Shipping – Home or Abroad

March 30th, 2017 by
college student shipment on a pallet

Colorado College Student Shipping on a Pallet

Shipping a student from Colorado Springs

Student shipping from Colorado College or UCCS  – home for summer break, to a new college for extended classes, or abroad for intensive studies – is easy with the right help. It’s a small move of the accumulated stuff after a year in a dorm room or small apartment.

Make the necessary shipping arrangements before final exams and clear the plate for studying, final projects, and, of course, socializing. Start the process by organizing. Ask some questions.

  • What can be recycled? Organizations like Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado thrive on donations of gently used clothing, household goods, furniture, and electronics. Old cell phones can be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
  • What can be discarded? Get rid of the items that are no longer useful and cannot be donated or re-purposed.
  • What is absolutely needed for the final few weeks at school? This is anything that can be safely packed in a suitcase. Everything else can be shipped ahead. Pak Mail can also pick up, pack, and store all of the non-essential items, and ship them when the final boxes are ready.
  • What items require special packing? It’s a definite no-no to pack electronics in the middle of clothing. Leave those items for the professionals.

There are several ways to ship a student… their stuff, that is. If there are three or four boxes, UPS or FedEx (DHL for international) is probably the best option. If there are more boxes and a myriad of sports equipment, shipping them all together on a pallet with an LTL truck carrier is more cost effective. US Air Force Academy foot lockers are best shipped on a pallet.

Get an estimate, arrange for pickup and shipping, and get on with studying.


More Pics from Ship Happens

March 5th, 2017 by

Ship Happens at Pak Mail Colorado. WayfarerVans freight shipment, student shipment for Colorado College and custom box for painting shipped FedEx.


What Happens When the Crew Gets the Flu?

March 5th, 2017 by

Ship happens!

Bad news: The flu hit Pak Mail Colorado last week, adding a bit of craziness to what turned out to be a very busy six days.

Good news: We took turns catching it, including the grandkids. That helped.

Good news: Daily operations — small package shipping (UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS), mail sorting, packing and shipping quotes — all went smoothly, even through solo shifts. Our customers are awesome and very understanding… THANK YOU!

Prepping Headboard for Custom Boxed Freight Shipment

Good news: Some of the freight shipments left the store during the week. Saturday we all tackled the remaining freight shipments and one painting for FedEx Ground (small package). Happy to say they’re all packed and ready for shipment on Monday! Two of the freight shipments are shown here; more pics to follow.

1964 Yamaha Crated Ready for Freight Pickup

1964 Yamaha Stabilized in Custom Crate for Freight Shipping

 


Small Move Shipping for Estates or Students

July 1st, 2016 by

At Your Leisure or to Meet a Deadline

Summer solstice has come… and gone. July 4th is here. Longer days encourage cleaning up the house and removing clutter. Downsizing seniors decide to become full-time RV travelers. High school graduates prepare for college. All of these activities could require small move shipping.

One of our older-in-years customers recently told us his long-distance grown kids told him they would someday like to have this or that – a family heirloom, furniture, china, artwork, photos. He decided it’s time to downsize. Instead of keeping those cherished pieces, he now enjoys gifting them to his children. He recently requested we pick up a leather chair and ottoman to ship to his son. The furniture is now in the store awaiting pickup from our small move blanket wrap carrier.

My folks, now 88 and 91, have been downsizing for years. Mom insisted we five siblings, and the grand-kids, put our names on the back of things we would someday like to have. Some of the treasures have already been shipped to us. Many are still in the house for Mom and Dad to enjoy. Mom’s lessons hit home when we decided to move into our fifth-wheel trailer in preparation for future full-time travel. The only thing left to downsize is the little bit in our storage unit.

Gifting and shipping family treasures at your leisure is a little different from distributing an estate after the passing of a loved one. But, estate distribution does not have to be full of hassles. Senior move managers, and packing and shipping companies like Pak Mail can help. The deadline for picking up items from the home falls on the shipping company’s shoulders. The actual packing and small move shipping is then completed to meet the recipients’ schedules.

In May, Pak Mail ships students… their stuff, that is… home from UCCS and Colorado College. In July, students, and their parents, decide what to take to college. If the school is out of state, shipping may be part of the process. The preparations can happen at your leisure, up to a point. Assuming the college semester begins in mid to late August, decisions about what to take should be finalized before the end of July. If shipping is required, items must be ready for pickup by Pak Mail no later than the first week in August. The delivery deadline for the student’s stuff is communicated at that point. The items are then packed and shipped to arrive by that deadline.

Small move shipping at your leisure or to meet a deadline, call the experts.

Small Move Shipping

Estate Small Move Shipment Ready for Pickup


Packing and Shipping Collectibles

March 8th, 2016 by
packing and shipping collectibles - Yoda

Jim with Yoda

A breakfast networking meeting with folks from the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce was the beginning of a delightful day. Upon my return home, my husband Jim invited me to stay home for the day. Perfect!

First on the agenda was clearing my mind. A brisk two-mile walk and then fiber spinning did the trick. Spinning tends to empty my mind of clutter and focus it on a specific task. Today the rhythm of the wheel and the creation of yarn from fluff – llama, wool, and mohair – pushed me to look around at the collections acquired throughout a 40-plus-year-and-counting marriage. Then I started thinking about some of the treasures we ship for our customers – assortments of sentimental photos, stamps, coins, antique dolls, porcelain figurines, and a high-value Star Wars® prop.

This reverie brought to mind packing and shipping collectibles in our Pak Mail store. Books, photos, letters, and other non-fragile items may only need protection with acid-proof paper or simple poly bags. Kachina dolls are packed with lots of packing peanuts and then double boxed. Lladro® or Hummel® figurines and pottery are wrapped in bubble wrap, floated in peanuts, and boxed or double boxed, depending on the value and/or sentimentality. Intricate and very fragile porcelain pieces are floated in mini-peanuts surrounded with bubble wrap and then floated in standard packing peanuts and double boxed. High-value collectibles like Yoda are secured in custom crates.

The shipping method is based on package size and weight, fragility of the item, total number of boxes, value, and destination. Smaller items ship with UPS, FedEx, US Priority Mail, or DHL (international only).

Simpich Dolls

Simpich Doll Collection

Larger items or larger quantities of boxes ship with various freight carriers. The small move of household goods that included Yoda was shipped to Hawaii via ocean freight.

It was nice to have a day to reflect and create, and see how it all ties together. See you in the store.

 


How Do You Move a Student?

April 21st, 2015 by
Custom Pallets

Packed Boxes Ready for Pallet

This is not about “motivating” a student. That’s a separate topic. This is about how to move a student from Colorado College or UCCS home for summer break, a new college for extended classes, or abroad for intensive studies. It’s about shipping the accumulated stuff after a year in a dorm room or small apartment – a small move.

Students have a full plate at the end of a semester, particularly at the end of the school year. Making the necessary shipping arrangements to move a student before final exams checks one thing off the list and clears the plate for studying, final projects, and, of course, socializing.

Start the process by organizing. Ask some questions.

  • What can be recycled? Organizations like Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado thrive on donations of gently used clothing, household goods, furniture, and electronics. Old cell phones can be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
  • What can be sold? Books can be sold on Amazon or on campus. Savvy students sell electronics and other items online. Get a shipping estimate for larger items before posting them for sale.
  • What can be discarded? Get rid of the items that have outlived their usefulness and cannot be donated or repurposed.
  • What is absolutely needed for the final few weeks at school? This is anything that can be safely packed in a suitcase. Everything else can be shipped ahead. Pak Mail can also pick up, pack, and store all of the non-essential items, and ship them when the final boxes are ready.
  • What items require special packing? It’s a definite no-no to pack electronics in the middle of clothing. Leave those items for the professionals.

There are several ways to ship a student… their stuff, that is. If there are three or four boxes, UPS or FedEx (DHL for international) is probably the best option. If there are more boxes and a myriad of sports equipment, shipping them all together on a pallet with an LTL truck carrier is more cost effective. US Air Force Academy foot lockers are best shipped on a pallet.

Get an estimate, arrange for pickup and shipping, and get on with studying.




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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