Next generation mailbox undergoes testing

From USPS News Link:

The Postal Service is testing new, larger mailbox designs that can handle more than 70 percent of the packages sent through the mail.

As the mail mix continues to change — with fewer letters and a growing volume of packages — customers often find their mailbox is stuffed to overflowing.

Many parcels won’t fit in standard curbside boxes, which means packages are delivered to doorsteps — susceptible to theft and damage. Failed delivery attempts and notices are frustrating for residents as well.

An urban mailbox for one or more households is being tested in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Another mailbox for suburban and rural households is being piloted in California, Colorado and North Dakota.

“The mailbox in use today was designed over 100 years ago,” said USPS New Products and Innovation VP Gary Reblin. “We need to bring it into the 21st century. Our customers want greater security and convenience for the packages they order online.”

So far, about 165 customers are participating in the tests, which are voluntary.

The Postal Service is paying for the installation of the mailboxes. In return, customers provide feedback on the most-wanted features before wider testing begins.

Initial results are expected next summer.

via USPS News Link Story – Shape of things to come.

  • Mickey Mantle

    Vandals will soon be testing out bigger bats for the new era of mailbox baseball.

  • Guest

    This is great and will help cut down on dismounts.

  • mailman

    I’ve had a Stanley mailbox shaped like this for over 22 yrs. It holds most of my packages except for oversize ones. I am a mail carrier myself and my biggest complaint is people that don’t check their mailbox everyday.

  • P.O.

    I thought they were doing away with home delivery? I idiots don’t know what their doing!

  • Cliff Clavin

    “Testing????” Why is there a need to do a test to see what the results are? Just ask any letter carrier, and they’ll tell you – a larger mail box will hold more mail. DUH!

    I can hardly wait to see what L’Enfant Plaza’s “test” results are. Probably something like this –

    “After 10 years of comprehensive study at a cost of millions of $$$$$$, the VP of Mailbox Sizes has concluded that a larger mail box will hold more mail. It will take about 500 years for our “Bigger is Better” campaign to replace standard size boxes with the new desired larger sizes to be realized because patrons don’t want to replace their present mailbox with something else.”

  • Gregg Grubbs

    Spot on Cliff Clavin!!! Bunch of overpaid MORONS in charge came up with brilliant idea.Will get a bonus for it!! UNREAL!!!

  • Doug

    What their new mail box needs is a LOCK. a lock that is unlocked until the carrier shuts the box after putting in the packages. Then my packages are safer until I can check my mail and unlock my mail box.

  • Nemso

    They also need to tell Amazon to put things in smaller boxes that fit into current mailboxes. Sometimes, the boxes are just a millimeter oversized and you know what’s inside does not require this. And when it comes to locking mailboxes, if a parcel that would ordinarily fit into an unlocking box does not fit into them, they should not be available on the market! I’m tired of being pushed and then having to walk up long driveways with a pill bottle that won’t fit into a locking box!

  • Lori

    I was one chosen and asked to participate in this program. The new mailbox is awesome and has totally eliminated the constant drives, 3-4 times a week to the post office. It fits multiple packages and I can’t tell you how happy we are that we don’t have to take off work early to try and get our packages we PAID to be delivered… LOVE IT!