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Package Acceptance from private carriers: UPS, FedEx, DHL, Courier Vacation Hold. Enjoy your travels knowing your mail is safe. Email Notification when tracked packages arrive.

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It's what we do. Your full service packaging and shipping center. The Mailbox specializes in UPS, FedEx, DHL and the United States Postal Service as well as freight services (LTL, FTL).

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If you're traveling abroad, The Mailbox Ballard is the perfect place to get your US passport photo. Photos only. The Mailbox does NOT process or provide passport documentation.



News

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  • Don’t shoot the Messenger


    Effective January 2015, both UPS and FedEx are changing the way they calculate prices for their Ground service.  Prior to this change the Major Carriers have calculated their prices based on the size of the box, as well as the weight of the box based on the distance traveled or the speed of service provided.  Express has always used dimensional weight for packages due to the capacity of planes and price of jet fuel.

    UPS began their dimensional weight charge for all ground packages on December 29th.  FedEx followed suit on January 5th of this year.  This increase can be an astounding 45% increase in charges along with their 4.5% increase in regular pricing.  Neither company reduced their Fuel Surcharge even though fuel pricing is at an all time low in the last 10 years.

    So in 2015 it is critical for all shipments to be in as small a package as will safely transport your items to their destination.

    The “good” news is that The Mailbox is aware of this situation and we have been doing whatever we can to minimize the effect of this change for our customers.  We also encourage you, the consumer, to contact FedEx and/or UPS to voice your discontent with this new policy.  The policy seems to be brought about by large shippers such as Amazon/Zappos/etc. that used very large packaging for very small items as a matter of their convenience.

    The 18 years experience we bring to the shipping business allows us to:

    • Offer a choice of carriers and services
    • Stock over 80 sizes of boxes that enable us to find the perfect box for your shipment
    • We can build custom boxes as well as resize your box if it merits a downsize

    Just bring your shipment to The Mailbox and let us see what we can do to ship your items safe and secure in the most economical way possible.  Please realize that some shipments are inherently going to cost more but we have many options for sizes, weights and distances.

    We’re here to assist in any way possible.

  • Shipping Deadlines 2014 & Retailers


    santa-3-resized-600.jpgRetailers can’t seem to pin down a date to the final event of the holiday shopping season: the deadline for ordering so gifts can make it in time for Christmas.

    Many retailers have yet to finalize a cutoff date. Others are tweaking them, wary of repeating last year’s shipping snafus, when a combination of lousy weather and stronger-than-expected on-line orders inundated both retailers and shippers, preventing millions of packages from making it under the Christmas tree.

    Read the full article here

    To see The Mailbox Ballard’s recommended deadlines, read our post.

  • Consumer Reports has some great ideas about reducing Holiday shipping stress.


    6 simple steps to ensure that holiday gifts arrives on time—and in one piece

     

     When it comes to sending and receiving packages, all of us have plenty to grouse about. Damaged or late deliveries and snatched packages bug consumers the most, which covers Americans’ experiences with DHL, FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service.

    Some shipping mishaps are beyond your control, but you can take steps to make a gift’s road—or flight—less bumpy, whether you’re on the sending or receiving end:

    1. Time it right

     The sooner you place your order, the less susceptible it’ll be to delays from bad weather, higher-than-expected package volumes, items temporarily out of stocks, and other issues. Christmas falls on a Thursday this year. That means Monday Dec. 20 is the deadline for second-day delivery, and Tuesday Dec. 21 is the drop-dead date for (very expensive) next-day service. Standard ground shipping typically takes about three to five business days, but this time of year, it’s prudent to allow a few extra days.

    2. Choose a sturdy container

    Corrugated-cardboard boxes are best for heavy cargo such as small appliances or gift baskets. Mailing boxes, which fold up via a self-locking tab, are ideal for small, reasonably flat items such as books. (Weight limits are typically indicated on the bottom panel.) Whenever possible, use a new box—especially for heavy items—because reuse weakens the cardboard. If you do choose to reuse a box, inspect it for rigidity, tears, rips, or corner damage, and remove all labels and shipment information from its previous journey. Make sure it has all its flaps, too.

    3. Pack for a hard landing

    That video of a UPS driver caught kicking and tossing packages like footballs is extreme, but take its message to heart. Shroud breakable items in protective inner packaging and surround them with filler to ensure that the contents don’t move when you shake the box. Double- or triple-wrap sharp or protruding edges and bind them with tape. Add enough loose material in the box to fill the empty space, so the contents sit snugly. (Carriers recommend each item be surrounded by at least 2 two inches of cushioning placed at least 2 inches from the walls of the box to avoid product-against-product damage and protect against shock and vibration.)

    4. Use the right wrap

    Avoid packing breakables in clothing, sheets, towels, or newspaper. Most effective are sheets of air-filled plastic bubbles (aka Bubble Wrap), though those bags aren’t recommended for items with sharp corners. They also tend to be inadequate in very cold or very hot temperatures. Polystyrene peanuts and tightly crumpled paper (think supermarket or shopping bags) are good options too. Additional pieces of corrugated cardboard add rigidity, prevent products from shifting in transit and make excellent dividers. Be sure to ship perishables in a polystyrene cooler with dry ice or cold packs.

    5. Seal with care

    Use a waterproof marker to write the full address of both the sender and recipient on the outside of the package. Include a duplicate label or business card inside, so the carton can be returned if it gets damaged and becomes undeliverable. Tape the opening and secure all seams with at least 2 inches of reinforced clear or brown adhesive-backed packaging tape. Shippers recommend applying tape strips evenly across the flaps and seams on both top and bottom to make an “H” shape. Don’t wrap the box in paper, which could rip apart in transit, or twine, which can stick in conveyor belts and lead to damage as well.

    6. Consider insurance

    UPS and FedEx shipments automatically come with declared-value coverage of up to $100. The U.S. Postal Service provides similar coverage for Priority Mail Express shipments. Declared value is the carrier’s maximum liability. If the package is lost, damaged, or stolen, you’ll need to file a claim and can do so as early as 24 hours after expected delivery. (Timing differs by carrier.) Since the shipper is unlikely to take just your word, you’ll need backup: invoices, product sales and shipping receipts (including package tracking and delivery confirmation, which strengthen your claim), proof of insurance, and so forth. If the gift recipient spots damage, ask him or her to hold on to all packaging materials. Photos—before and after—help, too.



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