June 21, 2012 // Franchising.com // San Diego, CA – With summertime fast approaching and children finishing up the school year, many families are gearing up to move. Those who aren’t moving often find themselves doing a bit of summer cleaning in preparation for the new school year and the upcoming holidays.
Between 2010 and 2011, 11.6 percent of the U.S. population moved. People moved for a variety of reasons, but the most common reasons were related to employment and a desire to change communities. (US Census Bureau). Typically, nearly half of all moves occur between the beginning of May through Labor Day. (American Moving and Storage Association). With any move, it is important that one’s belongings arrive at the new location undamaged.
According to Steve Goble, Vice President of Marketing Communications at Annex Brands, Inc, the franchisor for AIM Mail Centers, proper packaging helps ensure safe transportation and storage. “Moving is extremely stressful, and the last thing you need upon moving into a new home is to find cherished possessions have been broken,” said Goble. “Proper packaging helps prevent damage and ensure that your belongings are moved and stored safely.”
“Bubble wrap and foam ‘peanuts’ are better than crumpled newspaper for keeping packaged belongings safe,” Goble added. These packing materials are excellent for filling in loose spaces to prevent boxes from caving in and spilling their contents. To prevent items from getting sliced when the box is opened, put a layer of packing material over the top of items before taping the box closed.
At participating locations, for customers who mention this article, AIM Mail Center store owners are giving away a free 12x12x12 box. “We want to invite members of our community to visit a participating location, pick up their free box, and ask about the best ways to keep their belongings safe during a move,” continued Goble.
Goble also wants to encourage business owners and residents to bring packing peanuts and bubble wrap to their nearest AIM Mail Center location for recycling. This keeps these materials out of landfills and reduces the environmental and resource impact of creating more packing materials.
AIM Mail Center locations are a one-stop support center for packaging, postal and office supply needs. For more tips on packaging items and recycling materials this summer season, visit one of the participating AIM Mail Center locations:
AIM Mail Centers is a member of the Annex Brands franchise network. Its locations offer one-stop support for packaging, shipping and office supply needs. Founded in 1985 in San Diego, Annex Brands has more than 425 locations operating in 41 states across the U.S. and into Canada. All AIM Mail Center locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees. For more information on the company’s services or for franchise information, visit www.AnnexBrands.com.
Annex Brands, Inc., formerly known as Postal Annex, Inc., was founded by Jack and Martha (Marty) Lentz in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego. There are five brands in the Annex Brands franchise family: PostalAnnex+, AIM Mail Center, Navis Pack & Ship, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship. All together, there are more than 425 locations across 41 states and into Canada. Each location is an individually owned and operated franchise. Its retail locations offer a one-stop support center for packaging, shipping, postal and office supply needs, including the ability to compare shipping rates with UPS, FedEx, DHL and USPS shipping. The commercial locations provide custom packaging and shipping solutions for larger and more valuable items. For more information on the company’s history, services and franchise information, visit www.AnnexBrands.com.