Cell Phones Help Thwart Package Pinchers

Cell phones

When a delivery service leaves a package at a customer’s door, it might be some time before a person notices the welcomed item. The longer it remains outside, the greater the chance that an unscrupulous person could wander by, in search of an opportunity to get an early Christmas present.

During the holidays last year, UPS offered a service called My Choice. The program offers customers an alert message via phone, text or e-mail, telling a package recipient when their item has been delivered. The service is again being offered this holiday season. It’s a good way for customers to know precisely when their package has been delivered, even when at work or school.

Knowing exactly when a package arrives can allow customers to make arrangements to have it picked up and moved to a secure location. This can prevent the hassles of replacing an item, should it be removed by package pinchers.

Do you think the Postal Service should add this option to its package delivery service?



  1. In Spain the postman never leaves a packet in front of your door this way. If it has been sent certified, you must show your Id card and sign, of course. If it has been sent in the ordinary way, they can give the parcel to anyone in the house, without checking the identity. But it’s completely forbidden for the postman to leave a parcel or a letter outside the mailbox. If anyone is at home, they leave a note and they keep for at least 15 days in the post office.

    So it’s really a different system. In Morocco, where I’m currently living, it is supposed to work as in Spain. But I really don’t know because I have hired a P.O Box.

    • Jonn

       /  December 18, 2012

      I’m not such a big fan of having a package left at my door either. I live an apartment and the last time something was left at the door, it was stolen in the 2 hours it took me to get home after delivery. I get packages at work now just to make sure I get them.

  2. Anonymous

     /  December 19, 2012

    Absolutely! This would be an ideal improvement. When I leave parcels I put them in a place clear of weather and of view.

  3. Why the Deadline of 12/18?

  4. Why have we not already instituted this procedure? Why do we wait until the competitor has initiated a service for us to consider it? We still need not only this service, but also the option to upload from our delivery trucks with GPS when the delivery has occurred. If we advertise we provide a service, we should provide it. Uploading information five hours after it has occurred is not what America wants or needs.

  5. Grannybunny

     /  December 19, 2012

    FedEx and UPS — combined — deliver 6 billion items per year, consigning a substantial portion of those to USPS for “the first and last mile.” The Postal Service delivers 160 billion items per year. Our carriers are supposed to only leave packages if it is safe to do so; otherwise, they leave a notice, giving the customer several options for delivery. Can USPS afford the costs to furnish all our carriers the hardware to give each customer real-time delivery information and of the additional work time to do so?

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