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Full-Service vs Limited-Service Mailboxes: What's the Difference?

Thursday October 03, 2019

When choosing curbside mailboxes to use in your neighborhood or residential community, one of the decisions you'll have to make is whether to use full-service or limited-service mailboxes. The United States Postal Service (USPS) allows for both types of mailboxes. You can find full-service and limited-service mailboxes available in contemporary and traditional designs. So, what's the difference between these two types of mailboxes?

5 Tips on Choosing Wayfinding Signage for an Apartment Complex

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Have you been tasked with purchasing and installing wayfinding signage for an apartment complex? There's no denying the fact that apartments have become a popular alternative to traditional houses. According to the National Apartment Association (NAA), roughly one in eight Americans -- about 39 million people -- now live in an apartment. Whether you're developing a new apartment complex or renovating an existing apartment complex, though, you need to choose the right wayfinding signage.

How Do Cluster Box Units (CBUs) Work?

Monday September 16, 2019

Cluster Box Units (CBUs) have become an increasingly popular alternative to conventional curbside mailboxes. A form of centralized mail delivery, they consist of "clusters" of multiple mailbox compartments, each of which is intended for a specific household or residence in the surrounding area. Unless you're familiar with CBUs, though, you might be wondering how they work. In this post, we're going to reveal the basics of CBUs, revealing why they've become so popular in recent years.

6 Fun Facts About Traffic Signs

Monday September 09, 2019

Traffic signs play a critical role in our nation's transportation infrastructure. Consisting of physical signs placed above or near a road, they provide information to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. While you're probably familiar with the general purpose of road signs, though, you might be surprised to learn the six following facts about them.

The Complete Guide to Centralized Mail Delivery Systems

Monday September 02, 2019

Don't limit yourself to choosing traditional curbside mailboxes for your neighborhood or residential community. While the United States Postal Service (USPS) allows curbside mailboxes to be used for single-unit residences, an alternative solution is to use a centralized mail delivery system. Since their origins back in the mid- to late 1960s, centralized mail delivery systems have become increasingly common -- and for good reason. Unless you're familiar with them, though, you might be wondering whether a centralized mail delivery system is a smart choice for your neighborhood or residential community.

What Is Pedestrian Wayfinding Signage?

Monday August 26, 2019

Not all wayfinding signs are designed for motorists. Some are designed for pedestrians. Known as pedestrian wayfinding signage, it offers guidance for pedestrians, cyclists and other people who use a sidewalk or roadside area. Like conventional wayfinding signage, it contains information and/or directions that serve as guidance. The difference, however, is that pedestrian wayfinding signage is designed for pedestrians, whereas conventional wayfinding signage is designed for motorists. Because of this nuance, there are several things property developers must consider when installing and using pedestrian wayfinding signage.

STD-4C Mailboxes: How They Differ From the Old STD-4B Standard

Monday August 19, 2019

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has been encouraging homeowners and business owners to use centralized mail delivery systems for decades. In 1967, the USPS introduced the first residential curbside Cluster Box Units (CBUs). A form of centralized mail delivery, CBUs streamlined the delivery of mail by providing mail couriers with a single drop-off point for multiple residences. Since then, the USPS has released specifications for other forms of centralized mail delivery systems, including STD-4B and the newer STD-4C.

Door Slots vs Traditional Mailboxes: Which Is Best?

Monday August 12, 2019

Contrary to what some people believe, the United States Postal Service (USPS) doesn't require each home or residential building to have a traditional mailbox. An alternative form of mail reception allowed by the USPS is a door slot. As shown below, a door slot is a rectangular-shaped hole in which mall is inserted. The mail courier can slide the tenants' mail into the slot, at which point it will fall onto the floor or in a bucket inside the tenants' home. So, which is these mail delivery solutions work best?

5 Reasons to Include Outdoor Lighting in Your Residential Community

Monday August 05, 2019

When developing a neighborhood or residential community, don't overlook the importance of outdoor lighting. While mailboxes and signs are important, outdoor lighting is also important. Regardless of the size of your residential community or where it's located, it can benefit from the use of outdoor lighting in the five following ways.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Entrance Signage for a Residential Community

Monday July 22, 2019

Whether you're developing a new residential community or seeking a fresh look an existing residential community, it's important to choose the right entrance and wayfinding signage. When residents enter the community, the first thing they'll see is the entrance signage. By choosing the right entrance signage, you'll create a positive and lasting first impression that enhances the aesthetics of your residential community. So, what type of entrance signage should you choose?