Mail, Packing Section of the Shipping Department
This picture gives you a view of a small section of the Mail Shipping Room, a view down one aisle showing you the young men busily engaged in wrapping packages to be shipped to our customers by mail. Just to the left of the wrappers you will notice baskets of packages, and in the aisle next to these rows of baskets another force of young men is at work weighing these packages and putting the required amount of postage stamps on each shipment This is a very large department, though the smallest of the several comprising our shipping room. Indeed, our Mail Shipping Department alone is larger than the shipping rooms of most big firms in the city of Chicago. It occupies floors pace of 12,500 square feet, and in the busy season of the year we send through this room in a single day as many as 28,000 separate packages of merchandise to be handled by Uncle Sam’s mail clerks. Certain lines of merchandise are handled much more satisfactorily and at a much lower transportation cost by mail than by any other means of transportation. This is particularly true of watches and other jewelry items, items that run into large value and yet are light in weight, and therefore cost but a very little to transport. The very great advantage in mail shipping of extremely valuable merchandise 1ies in the fact that a mail shipment may be registered for a nominal fee, and it is therefore possible to send a watch valued at $50.00 or $60.00 or a diamond worth several hundred dollars almost anywhere in the United States for 25 cents or less, including registration fee, and safe delivery is thereby guaranteed to our customers.
SEARS IN 1916
How merchandise reaches the packers from the upper floors, and a row of packers preparing merchandise for shipment. The volume of our business is such that our orders for one day would swamp an ordinary concern for weeks. Yet, with modern equipment, specially made to handle this large volume of business, each day’s orders are disposed of the same day they come in, and by nightfall all is in readiness for the next day’s business.