The internet and various related technology have impacted the world of the post office to an incredible degree. An enormous amount of mail does not need to be sent anymore. Email has eliminated probably millions of postcards and letters from going out every year. Ironically, just as email is reducing the numbers of letters the post office sends out, the post office is going to be increasing the amount of email an inbox receive. And this is sure to be a good thing.
The U.S. Postal Service is launching a new program called “Informed Delivery”. The way Informed Delivery works is pretty simple. Someone at the post office will take a photo of exterior packaging of letters and packages. The photo is then emailed to the recipient.
The contents of the mail stay secure until the physical delivery. The recipient will, however, know what type of mail is being sent. This could prove very helpful to someone who may be receiving an important letter and wants to get a jump on things.
An unexpected letter from the IRS might not arrive for several days. It may even arrive on a Saturday when all the government’s offices are closed. Receiving an email on a Tuesday gives solid notice a letter is soon to arrive. A quick call to the IRS could enlighten the taxpayer about any issues that need to be addressed.
The scenario with the Internal Revenue Service is one illustrative example. There are scores of other ways being emailed information about forthcoming mail could prove incredibly beneficial.
The service has been around about a year but has only been employed in targeted areas. The program is now being rolled out nationwide. Signing up for the program is fairly easy and security measures such as verification codes are in place.
The U.S. Postal Service has been incredibly reliable over the decades. Delivering mail is a vital task and one that is expected to yield a 100% success rate. Things don’t always work out that way. Now, if a letter is lost in the mail, the heralding email at least lets someone know the letter exists. That’s progress.