In any neighborhood, you'll need to choose an appropriate mail delivery system. While many neighborhoods and residential communities use conventional curbside mailboxes, this isn't the only option from which you can choose. Curbside mailboxes can certainly work, but Cluster Box Units (CBUs) offer an attractive alternative for several reasons.
#1) Easy to Install
Most developers will agree that CBUs are easier to install than conventional curbside mailboxes. If you're developing a neighborhood with 30 homes, you can either install 30 curbside mailboxes or two CBUs. Most CBUs contain eight to 16 individual mail compartments, so you'll spend less time and energy installing them when compared to curbside mailboxes.
#2) Faster and More Efficient Mail Delivery
Mail couriers can deliver mail faster and more efficiently to CBUs than curbside mailboxes. Research shows the United States Postal Service (USPS) would save $4.5 billion per year if all homes and residential complexes had CBUs rather than curbside mailboxes. CBUs allow mail couriers to drop off, as well as collect, mail from multiple households at once, making them a fast and efficient mail delivery system.
#3) Freestanding or Wall-Mounting
There are both freestanding and wall-mounted CBUs. Freestanding CBUs are characterized by their ability to stand freely when installed. Wall-mounted CBUs, on the other hand, must be mounted into a wall, such as an exterior brick wall. Regardless, you can find CBUs in both freestanding and wall-mounted models.
#4) Mail Security
You can rest assured knowing that CBUs offer a high level of mail security. Each individual mail compartment features a lock. As a result, only the homeowner or tenant and mail courier can open his or her mail compartment. No one else can open it unless they have the homeowner's or tenant's key.
#5) Parcel Lockers
In addition to individual mail compartments, CBUs often feature parcel lockers. What is a parcel locker exactly? Basically, it's a large storage compartment that's used to deliver packages to households. If a package won't fit in a CBU's individual mail compartments, the mail courier can drop it off in a parcel locker.
#6) Wide Variety of Colors and Styles
Finally, CBUs are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. Long with freestanding and wall-mounted models, you can choose from colors such as black, dark bronze, sandstone and postal gray. CBUs are also available in multiple sizes, including 8-unit, 12-unit, 16-unit and more.
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