The U.S. Postal Service just expanded Informed Delivery, a service that lets customers preview their mail in email form. Users who sign up for the free service fetch a morning email with photos of the envelopes that will hit their mailbox that day.
Informed Delivery was piloted in some zip codes in 2014, and final month it expanded to the majority of the U.S. It’s particularly helpful for people who travel often and want to hold track of their mail back domestic.
It’s also useful for large households: Family members or roommates can check the email and know whether any letters will arrive for them that day, even whether they don’t generally,normally check the mailbox.
And on a more serious note, Informed Delivery is also a worthy way to find out whether someone is stealing your mail.
The program is also meant to hold snail mail relevant in our email era.
“[Informed Delivery] makes postal mail more inviting to millennials, who are on their devices outright day long,” Miro Copic, a marketing professor at San Diego State University, told NBC News. “And it just might change the equation of how millennials assume approximately the post office longer term.”
USPS already photographs every piece of mail that runs through its automation system, so this isn’t a fresh level of surveillance. But there is one tiny thing to note: For now, only envelopes are included in Informed Delivery, though there’s a opportunity that packages or magazines may be included in the future.
You can sign up for Informed Delivery on the program’s website.
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