New Service From the USPS

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New Service From the USPS

Postby The Deacon » Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:56 am

Over the years I've read many posts where folks complained about the inconvenience of packages that need to be signed for, so I thought I'd pass along something I saw this morning on the US Postal Service website. USPS has just announced a new service for those who use their "Informed Delivery" option. You can now place an eSignature on file with them, sign electronically for signature required items, and instruct them where to leave the package. Personally, I'm not sure this is a good idea, signature required packages are generally that way because they're expensive. However, folks with a secure location where packages can be left may appreciate this option.

For those of us who are US residents and don't already use it, Informed Delivery is a free service that sends you an email every morning letting you know when letter size mail and packages will be delivered that day. For whatever reason, larger envelopes, magazines, and catalogs don't show up on it, so you still need to check your mailbox every day, but it's still very useful, in my opinion.
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Re: New Service From the USPS

Postby JD Spydo » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:42 am

Well I hope that changes things for the better for the USPS. Here in the KC area we've lost about 2/3rds of our Post Offices in the metro area in the past 7 years or so. We actually have a pretty decent Postal facility here in Blue Springs, MO where I'm living. But I talk to friends of mine all over the metro KC area and they tell me that many of the Post Offices are staffed with incredibly stupid and outright rude help.

UPS and Fed Ex both do a bumper business here in this area and truthfully I would like to see the US Post Office make a comeback. I still use Postal Money Orders for all my internet business and they are good as gold.

I really have no gripes with UPS or Fed Ex either for that matter but I would rather use the Post Office when I can.

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Re: New Service From the USPS

Postby bearfacedkiller » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:43 am

Unless they start delivering on private roads all other things are a moot point for me. I have gotten used to picking my packages up at the post office and in this era of package thefts it is probably the safest way.

This service will probably tell me when my package is at the post office and ready for pickup? That could be handy. I still can’t pick them up until after work though. I should have a couple Bark Rivers waiting for me there today. :)
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Re: New Service From the USPS

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:24 pm

Thanks for the heads up. I love Informed Delivery. This electronic signature option is great for people that are at work whenever the post office is open and can't get there before it closes to sign for it.

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Re: New Service From the USPS

Postby Sharp Guy » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:28 pm

I know FedEx does something similar. I had something big and expensive being delivered and it required a signature. I couldn't be there when it was scheduled to be delivered. So I was able to leave a signature on file and got it delivered. They sent me a text that it was there. I checked the Wyze cam I have on my front door and came home from work and brought it inside.
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Re: New Service From the USPS

Postby z4vdBt » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:21 am

Signed up mid May this year. Very handy. If I have a package coming and did not know the tracking number, it shows it to you the day before it arrives.

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Re: New Service From the USPS

Postby MacLaren » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:56 am

Speaking of mail, UPS ( not usps ) will let you track your shipment on a map. It's pretty cool.

As for USPS, I've had informed delivery for years, and I love it
The new feature Paul speaks of is really cool too.
I get so spoiled using USPS priority or either ordering from Amazon, the packages either get to where they're going in 2 days or are delivered to me in 2 days.
I get so frustrated when ordering from Sierra Trading Post or the like and not only do they charge more for shipping than what USPS priority would cost, but they use the slowest service in the world, and that's FedEx Smartpost......
I actually called Sierra after waiting 11 days for a coat to arrive, although I knew the coat would be to me in a couple more days, I just wanted to see what Sierra would say when I told them that literally anything I order anymore gets to me within 3 days, and to ask why they still use FedEx Smartpost- while even charging more than what priority would cost, I asked them why not just use usps priority? Lol, I should've known better, that poor old salesperson could've cared less about my suggestion or my frustration with the order.


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