Today I found a letter from the USPS ( Post Office) in my mail box offering some new services amount which "street addressing" and "signature on file". Looks like they are trying to offer a similar service as the UPS Store. Basically, you will be able to use the post office's physical address as opposed to just "PO Box" for your business. And with signature on file, they can sign for any package you receive. They also offer a mail notification service where they can email you every time you receive a mail which could be great if you are expecting a package or in important letter.
Are you guys and gals aware of this service? Has anyone used it? What do you think?
Sounds very interesting. I've had a PO Box in the neighboring city and happily use it for all non-courier return address purposes. After 25 years I've also come to know and enjoy the staff and their support.
I once tried using the physical street address to receive mail on a consumer campaign and was admonished by postmaster. "The times, they are a-changing".
Glad to see that they're open-minded to providing competitive services (in an attempt to stay in business, I presume).
From USPS: https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mtcsa which says
"In Move to Competitive Locations with Street Addressing, a customer's mailing address may be either the street address for the Post Office where their PO Box is located, followed by # and the box number, or PO Box followed by the box number. Some merchants do not allow shipping to a PO Box address. The Street Addressing option enables customers to receive packages and deliveries from private carriers who require a street address for delivery, such as UPS and FedEx."
I am not certain the PO is changing for the better. I received a call the other day from my Post Office complaining that we are taking too much mail into them at days end...
They stop receiving mail at 6pm and we hit them at 4:30 daily with a ton of mail to process.
I have never told a customer in a negative fashion that they are giving me too much work... In fact we tend to do the opposite.. On many occasions a customer has ordered 40,000
plus pieces and needed it out the next day... We just hold on tight and ride that bull.. However the Post Office tends to complain frequently.
As far as their offering of outlet type services I wonder what they would say if UPS wanted to deliver mail.
I have often thought that the post office's direction in consumer services have been misguided. Their internal systems for action and balance is flawed and it doesn't seem as though there is a fresh mind or approach driving change and profitability.
Here is how bad it is... For us the only place we can buy stamps, since we buy in rolls of 10,000, is from our distribution center which is also our main Post Office location.
They have an internal policy that only one, that is ONE, person can retrieve the rolls from the safe even when the safe door is open and the rolls are visible and at arms reach.
If that person is off, at lunch, even on vacation for the week, no one can buy stamps. I have spoken in length with the Postmaster and the takeaway was that change is not coming soon enough on those things which affect the consumer the greatest.
Can you tell I'm frustrated...lol
I've heard it was available but I still haven't personally tested yet. I probably should get on it.
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