Sent It to 85026.9672.4598

Sent it to 85026

Addresses have developed dramatically over the many millennia of their existence. Since addresses such as “the cave to the left of the red mountain” eventually became 1234 Main St, Any State, US, 00001-0001, the sophistication level of delivery has risen to pinpoint accurate results. If one address upgrade scenario takes place, pinpoint accuracy could one day merge with abbreviated precision.

One potential scenario for streamlining addresses involves numerically digitizing the entire address. Rather than mailing something to a traditional address, an individual could end up writing to the string of numbers that resembles a ZIP+4+4. The modification has several potential benefits including enhanced security and faster, less costly processing.

Having an all-numeric address would make it difficult for criminals to target a house for burglary, identity theft, and other nefarious purposes. The anonymity of the sequence of numbers could provide added peace of mind and security when providing an address in online transactions. Automated equipment at the Postal Service would be able to read mail more accurately, reducing the chance of errors from poor penmanship.

Households might be unlikely to quickly embrace the all-numeric concept, but as more people shift to digital transactions in the future, such a change might not be far out of the realm of possibility.

Do you think switching to an all-numeric address is a move the public will likely embrace in the future?

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2 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  February 15, 2013

    I think an all-numeric system would be problematic. Right now, alot of people have problems just getting the ZIP Code right. Fortunately, if the other information is correct, the article can still be delivered, albeit sometimes on a delayed basis. If the entire address is a number, and that number is incorrect, there is no alternative but to return the mailpiece to sender, assuming that the sender has entered the return address correctly.

  2. Anonymous

     /  February 16, 2013

    a dyslexic’s nightmare…

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