USPS: QR codes added to collection box labels

The Postal Service is adding QR codes to all blue standard and Priority Mail Express collection box labels to provide customers with information on nearby Post Offices. To use this new feature, customers can use the camera on a mobile smart device, or the QR code reader available on the USPS Mobile application, Informed Delivery…

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USPS: Destroy, don’t donate old collection boxes

The Postal Service is reminding employees that collection boxes should not be donated to outside organizations. Nonprofit groups and other outside organizations often request the donation of old collection boxes for use in a variety of ways, such as the collection of gifts during the holidays, or as a receptacle for the gathering of worn…

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Post Office, collection box holiday schedule announced

The Postal Service has announced holiday hours for Post Offices and blue collection boxes: • Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Some Post Offices may have limited hours Tuesday, Dec. 24. Post Offices will be open regular business hours Tuesday, Dec. 31. Blue boxes with final collection times before noon will not be affected by…

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USPS: Collection boxes receive clean-up, restoration

Greater Indiana District is sprucing up one of the Postal Service’s most recognizable symbols — its blue collection boxes. Employees recently inspected boxes throughout the district and identified about 500 that need to be restored or replaced. “The seasons are hard on them leaving faded paint and rust over time,” said Indianapolis Maintenance Operations Manager…

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Box populi – 4 facts about collection boxes

Blue collection boxes are a symbol of USPS, but they haven’t always looked the way they do today. Here are four examples of how the boxes have evolved. Style. In the late 1850s, the first street boxes were attached to public lampposts and walls near busy street corners. As mail volume increased, free-standing package boxes…

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Feds: No mail service Pope weekend in eight Philadelphia zip codes

The U.S. Postal Service is suspending mail delivery and pickup in eight city zip codes on the Saturday of Pope Francis’ visit. Two federal agencies, the Social Security Administration and the IRS, said their Center City offices also will be affected on the Friday before the pope arrives, Sept. 25, and the Monday after he…

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Where have all the blue boxes gone?

Finding a good old-fashioned mailbox where you can drop off a letter is becoming almost as difficult as finding a pay phone. The iconic blue boxes are getting to be few and far between. Fifteen years ago, there were almost 400,000 collection boxes in the country. Now there are fewer than 160,000 of them, and…

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Free-standing postal boxes are easy prey for ID thieves

Let me share a piece of advice designed to protect you from losing money — or worse, having your identity stolen. I waited until I received the results of my latest Freedom of Information Act request from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to make sure it remains a problem. My advice: Stop dropping your outgoing…

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