Neighborhood Mail

When a neighbor receives an item addressed to you, that usually means it didn’t end up where it was supposed to. A new plan, if implemented by Royal Mail, will make such deliveries a common practice.

A new strategy, tested successfully by Royal Mail, hopes to permit its carriers to leave items with a neighbor if the actual recipient isn’t at home. If implemented, the process should enable the recipient to take delivery of their items on the day of the attempted delivery. The new policy also has the potential to reduce re-handling and delivery costs for the mail service.

Royal Mail hopes to begin full-scale implementation of the new process later on this fall, just in time for the Christmas season.

Do you think this process is something the USPS should consider?

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6 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  September 6, 2012

    I think an item should only be left with a neighbor if the customer has previously agreed to such an arrangement. One of the problems with UPS deliveries is that they will leave items with anyone, even neighbors you don’t know, or — worse yet — with whom you don’t get along. The Postal Service needs to continue to set the standard regarding reliability and security of the mail.

  2. Sounds terrible especially for rural neighbors that may be miles away from each other!

  3. ljb

     /  September 7, 2012

    they already do. it’s called misdelivered mail………. and we deliver it to the right person for them now.

  4. Absolutely not! Mail delivery – particularly packages – should be secure.

  5. Anonymous

     /  September 7, 2012

    I can see a lot of problems arising from a system like this. I wouldn’t want my mail left with a neighbor. Neighbors don’t always get along, and leaving mail and packages with a disgruntled neighbor could mean they never get to the intended recipient.

    • Grannybunny

       /  September 7, 2012

      That’s why when UPS tracking says something has been delivered, that’s the recipient’s cue to start trying to locate the actual package. They must have a huge percentage of packages lost at the delivery end.

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