December 15, 2014

Pack It Up! Toy Drive a Huge Success

Toys for Tots donation collage

The Pack It Up! Toy Drive, a collaboration between 1-800-PACK-RAT and Buffalo Brothers Pizza and Wings, collected a whopping 500 pounds of toys for Toys for Tots. This holiday season will be a little brighter for many children in North Carolina this year, thanks to the generosity of 1-800-PACK-RAT and Buffalo Brothers’ customers and fans.

By collecting toys in a 1-800-PACK-RAT moving container, we were able to take some of the burden off of the Toys for Tots volunteers. The container was loaded onto a PACK-RAT truck with our patented no-tilt lift system, and the 500 pounds of toys were delivered directly to the Toys for Tots distribution center in downtown Raleigh.

1-800-PACK-RAT and Buffalo Brothers employees were also instrumental in the success of the program by encouraging Raleigh residents to participate and bringing toys to donate themselves.

Toys for Tots staff donations 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Pack It Up! Toy Drive and helping us to fill a PACK-RAT container full of toys this holiday season!

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December 11, 2014

1-800-PACK-RAT Makes Green Moving Easier 

green moving eco car

Just as moving can take a toll on you, it also takes a toll on the environment. Every time you drive your car or hop on a plane, you are adding to your personal carbon footprint. Now imagine all of your belongings having to take a trip across the country – that can really add up!

If you are like most environmentally conscious movers, you will probably be looking for ways to conduct a “green” move. There are lots of green moving tips out there for packing and upcycling, but is there anything you can do about how your personal belongings get transported?

As part of the transportation industry, 1-800-PACK-RAT has the unique opportunity to create as much of an eco-friendly move for its customers as possible. That’s why 1-800-PACK-RAT has joined the SmartWay® Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains.

1-800-PACK-RAT will contribute to the Partnership’s savings of 120.7 million barrels of oil, $16.8 billion in fuel costs, 51.6 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 37,000 tons of articulate matter. This equals taking 10 million cars of the road!  Partners rely on SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement.

Joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership is just one way that 1-800-PACK-RAT demonstrates its strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility toward green moving. 1-800-PACK-RAT recently upgraded much of its truck fleet in order to maximize efficiencies and reduce the gasoline miles per gallon used in its vehicles. It also consistently works to reduce emissions by lowering idle times through driver education.

There are lots of easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your move: using clothes and towels to protect fragile items, finding gently used boxes and donating as much as you can. But if you are looking for a green moving company, be sure to look for the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

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December 8, 2014

Four Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday safety tips 

Are you getting ready for the holidays? This time of the year can get hectic with parties, dinners, traveling and shopping. This increase in activity can lead to mishaps and injuries. Take a look at four of our favorite holiday safety tips.

  1. Supervise children closely: You should always keep your children close by and in sight during holiday shopping and outings. Crowds can be much larger this time of year and it can be easy for them to get lost.

  2. Travel safely: There are far more people on the road during the holidays, so always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive. Always report any suspicious behavior you see on the road.

  3. Stay healthy: With the large crowds, germs will be running rampant. Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. There is nothing like the flu to ruin the holidays!

  4. Handle food properly: If you are cooking a holiday dinner, be sure that you handle all food properly. Keep your hands clean at all times and use a thermometer to make sure that all food reaches the proper temperature. Undercooked food is one thing you don’t want at your holiday party.  

We hope these tips will be helpful to you as we go through the holiday season. Be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter for fun holiday trivia, tips, and giveaways!

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