If you're planning to use a centralized mail delivery system in your neighborhood or residential community, you'll need to choose an appropriate location for it. The United States Postal Service (USPS) serves over 150 million households each day. As the U.S. population increases, so will the USPS's number of daily delivery points. Centralized mail delivery systems allow the USPS to deliver multiple households' mail at a single and convenient location. Whether you use Cluster Box Units or STD-4C mailboxes, though, you might be wondering where to install your centralized mail delivery system.
Mail Couriers Line of Travel
The centralized mail delivery system should be installed in mail couriers' line of travel. In other words, mail couriers should be able to easily and quickly access it without going out of their way. Ideally, mail couriers should be able to drive up to the centralized mail delivery system to deliver, as well as collect, residents' mail.
Close to Residents
In addition to being within mail couriers' line of travel, the centralized mail delivery system should be close to the residents who will use it. It's not uncommon for a centralized mail delivery system to contain 50 or more individual mail compartments. Apartment buildings, in fact, often use centralized mail delivery systems with even more mail compartments. With so many residents using them, you'll need to consider the centralized mail delivery system's proximity to residents. You should try to install the centralized mail delivery system in a location that's close to all or most residents, such as in the middle of them.
Safety and Security
You should also consider safety and security when choosing a location for the centralized mail delivery system. If a particular area is illuminated with large street lamps, for example, it will likely be safer and more secure than a dark area with little or no illumination. If there's a gate around your neighborhood or residential community, install the centralized mail delivery system within the gates.
Contact the USPS
It's a good idea to contact the USPS for advice on where to install the centralized mail delivery. The USPS will gladly help you choose the right location. They even have workers who specialize in planning the development and installation of new mail delivery systems. Known as "Growth Managers," they'll discuss the specifications of your project while evaluating various criteria to determine the best location for your centralized mail delivery system.
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