The New Kid in Town

In the late night hours of Tuesday, August 2, a secret operation began in Rome, Italy. The mission: depart from Griffis International Airport, fly over 5,600 miles under cover of darkness heading west toward Seattle, Washington, arrive before dusk, and never be seen. It sounds like a CIA operation or a secret military objective, but it was far … Continued

What Am I Paying For?

With a new year comes new things: Plans to get healthy, start a new career, take a dream vacation, and if you’re in the shipping industry, a General Rate Increase (GRI). Shipping rates have climbed steadily over the last decade and there does not appear to be an end in sight for future rate increases. Retail … Continued

The Weighting Game

“Is the price of shipping based on the weight?” That may be the most frequently asked question we hear at our stores when a customer inquires about shipping a package. The answer to that question is “Yes . . . sort of.” The accurate answer will depend on how you’re shipping the package. UPS and FedEx use the … Continued

Christmas Shipping Guide

Have you noticed all the colored lights, abundance of shoppers at retail stores, and all this seasonal music being played on the radio? Could it really be Christmas time already?! It certainly is and it’s our favorite time of year at The Mail Box Store! We see an overwhelming amount of packages being shipped to loved ones … Continued

FedEx Preps for Holidays

Is it just me, or do the pages on the calendar seem to be flying off the wall faster than last year? Here we are going headlong into fall. Christmas is less than two months away. Hard to believe isn’t it? The upcoming Christmas season brings the annual task of shopping for friends and relatives. … Continued

What’s In a Name?

Have you ever been confused by the shipping services used by USPS; particularly Priority Mail and Express Mail? If so, then you may be interested in what USPS has done to clear the fog of confusion. Beginning July 28, 2013, Express Mail will be known as “Priority Mail Express” and “Priority Mail Express International.” It will … Continued

The Box Matters

The cardboard box. Is there anything we can’t use it for? It comes in handy for many things. Boxes are great fun for kids making forts or makeshift furniture. They come in use for storage. Some use cardboard or flattened boxes as a matte when painting. Others use them in winter as a visor for their car … Continued