Portable electronic devices such as smartphones, smart watches, and tablet PCs have proven to be desirable accessories for people on the go. While these gadgets can access web-based content on the fly, many aren’t capable of performing certain tasks that only their larger computer cousins can handle. If a new type of terminal were installed in certain lobbies, the limits of portable devices could be substantially reduced.

SmartKiosks could be installed in Post Office lobbies that allow users to link smart devices wirelessly to these stand-alone units to perform a variety of tasks. Individuals could print maps, coupons, and ticket purchases before heading to a special event. If someone is late to a big meeting and forgets to print needed documents before leaving home, the person could stop off at a Post Office, connect a phone or tablet to a SmartKiosk, and print the needed material. Adding a few photos to a greeting card before dropping it in the mail can enhance the mail moment. A person could pick up a greeting card with the perfect message, print images of cherished memories and print postage to mail the card all in one location.

While the technology to build SmartKiosks currently exists, the question of whether they become reality remains to be seen.

Do you think the presence of SmartKiosks in postal lobbies would draw enough appeal from mobile device users to increase revenue for the Postal Service?



  1. grannybunny

     /  May 4, 2015

    Sounds like a great idea. I have often thought that “office centers” in Post Offices — featuring FAX machines, printers, copy machines, computers, Notaries, etc., would be both a public service and a source of additional revenue.

  2. Jonn

     /  May 4, 2015

    That’s an excellent idea, especially in some of the more rural areas that may not have those services.

  3. Anonymous

     /  May 5, 2015

    Yes I think the idea would serve our customers well. Everyone is connected with the newest technology. I have had several customers hand me their phone in need of additional services such as these.

  4. Anonymous

     /  May 5, 2015

    and how long will it take to get them fixed when they are out of service??

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