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Why Not Let Shipping Carriers Access Your Mailbox?

UPS would like to gain access to your mailbox. The USPS Office of Inspector General invited four experts to contribute a column on neighborhood logistics, and Keith Kellison, Senior Vice President of UPS Global Public Affairs, chose to tackle the issue of mailbox access .

Only the Postal Service can access your mailbox, Kellison wrote – but given the demand for parcels containing such items as eyeglasses, designer clothes, and even time-sensitive groceries, doesn’t it make sense to no longer restrict mailbox deliveries, he asked. Not only that, but consumers own the mailboxes.

“Customers would benefit from reduced delivery costs, additional flexibility, and the knowledge that their packages are safe,” the UPS executive said. And it wouldn’t be the first country to lift such restrictions. “For years, third parties in Europe have been allowed to deliver parcels to mailboxes, with no security issues. If it’s worked there for so long, why can’t it work here?”

Kellison said that if such restrictions were lifted, neighborhood logistics could continue to advance. “Electronic delivery notifications and boxes with temperature controls are just two potential ideas with immediate potential. The list of opportunities is endless, but the first step is access.”

What do you think of giving couriers and shipping carriers access to your mailbox?

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.