In an attempt to expand their mail service to the U.K., the Postal Service has begun offering smaller and more compact envelopes.
“We’re expanding our mailing capacity and opening up more &=;less” and “opening up more envelopes and smaller packages,” said USPS General Manager Mark Wiegert.
“This is not a big shift, but we want to be more visible to our customers and to our industry.”
In other words, open envelopes will now be less of a headache for your recipient, and will allow for a more convenient delivery for you.
As a consumer, this will mean fewer packages to go through, as well as an easier experience for you and your loved ones.
However, as a U.C.L.A. research study found, “a one-size-fits-all approach to opening envelopes may be costly to consumers.”
For example, the average consumer is now paying for three boxes of envelopes per household, as compared to five boxes previously.
In addition, a study published by the UCR Institute for Consumer Research found that the average U.D. consumer is paying about $3 more for an envelope.
This, coupled with the fact that Americans are spending more on food, clothing, and entertainment, means we need to take more control over the quality of our mail.
In fact, the USPS recently issued a “Redesign Your Box” directive, encouraging customers to re-think the “packaging, packaging, packaging” of their mailboxes.
A spokesperson from USPS said the USPS was not planning to open more envelops or expand the size of their delivery trucks, but they are “looking to reduce the number of boxes that must be opened in order to meet our goals.”
We don’t want to see you opening a box full of candy, or a box with a label that says ‘U.S.’
On the other hand, it’s important to remember that these new smaller envelopes are still just a start, and it will take a while for the USPS to fully implement these changes.
You can find more information on the USPS’ “Opening Your Boxs” campaign here.