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Online Shoppers Rejoice: USPS Makes Bigger Mailbox

The USPS has announced bigger, better mailboxes to satisfy the needs of online shoppers. The only question is, are they big enough?

The next-generation mailboxes are for sale at The Home Depot (appropriately enough, you can buy them online and pay with PayPal).

The Postal Service said manufacturers introduced the boxes this month after USPS approved new standards last year. However, the standards apply only to curbside boxes, not mailboxes made for door delivery service.

The bigger boxes are part of the Postal Service’s efforts to grow its package delivery business amid changes to the mail mix. The USPS also wants to reduce failed delivery attempts that occur when letter and rural carriers are unable to deliver packages because they won’t fit in customers’ boxes.

“These next generation mailboxes allow our carriers to accommodate more mail and larger packages, which improves their overall experience,” said Delivery Operations VP Kevin McAdams.

According to the description of a next-gen mailbox for sale on The Home Depot website, it can hold “multiple packages, plus your regular letters, bills, and magazines.” The dimensions are as follows: 13.63″ wide x 12″ tall (at the center) x 16.5″ deep.

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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.