As an early US Mail Tracking developer I take great interest in the progress from the late 1980′s until now with the USPS Barcode scanning and tracking systems. (We have the only US Mail Tracking app in the iTunes Store)
So when I heard the Postal Service is now offering text and email announcements whenever you receive a 1st-class mail piece in your PO Box… I jumped right in.
Now I don’t need any more emails. Nobody does! However I also hate driving to the PO Box to pick up unsolicited catalogs and non-essentials. Sure, I’m in direct mail and I like my Standard Mail too, but if I am waiting on something important it would be nice to know when it arrives.
So I followed direction and stood in line at the PO Box station counter and signed up both of my PO Boxes for Text notification services.
Where is the Future in this?
I know the USPS is trying to find the most automated way to finish the gap from the Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMB) and the final carrier delivery. This is likely the first step. It appears that the notice currently will be coming from the BMEU and not the PO Box branch itself so it will be interesting to watch.
With the IMB Barcode we are able to track a mailpiece as it touches every OCR along the way but after the carrier-route sort we have to estimate. This texting service will be the next feature to fill the gap.