How Mail Forwarding Services One Up the USPS

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” That seems to be exactly the case with the Post Office’s idea of a mail forwarding service. You see, technology has changed to the point that we don’t really need much actual mail delivered anymore. It can be scanned and put online for easy retrieval by the owners, and a lot of people just use email these days. 

But the post office is a government agency employing millions of people. We don’t want all those people to lose their jobs; and for older people and those without access to a computer, getting that daily mail delivered to the mailbox outside their house is the only option they have.  I suppose that’s exactly why the U.S. Post office has the idea that mail must be delivered by an actual person – to an actual place. But for those who travel a lot, the dream of having a virtual mailbox instead of all the mail piling up at home while they are gone is something they’ve wanted for a long time.

Perhaps those weary travelers haven’t heard of the existence of the Mailbox Forwarding Company. This is a service that does exactly what I mentioned above. They receive your mail from the post office delivery person, scan it into your account, and allow you to pick it up from your computer – anywhere in the world!

This is a travelers dream come true! And actually nobody has to lose their jobs because it is a separate service (and a separate company) than the post office. If you’re curious as to what happens when you hire a mail forwarding service, it’s actually a very easy concept.

First you sign up with the company of your choice (the cost usually starts at about $15/month). Then you fill out a form at the Post Office to have your home mail forwarded to a mail forwarding service. Next you fill out form 1583 that tells the Post Office that this company has your permission to receive your mail. That’s about it!  In a very short time you will be able to log into your account and see what mail has been delivered for the day.

So you see, even though some things do remain the same, they can be upgraded to something that is more user friendly for those who are not home all the time, or for expatriates who have decided to live in another country for a while. It’s definitely more convenient than having your neighbors pick up your mail, and having them forward it to you . . .

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