Postal Notice would send customers an alert when their mail has been delivered in their mailbox

May 8, 2017

Expecting an important letter, a check, or an invitation to the ball but don’t have time to check the mailbox? There’s an app for that. Postal Notice, an automated system that works with and extremely complements existing innovations of the U.S. Postal Service, may be the answer.

Subscribers to Postal Notice can receive an email, text, or recorded phone call when a letter carrier has arrived at the subscriber’s mailbox. The whole process is invisible to the letter carrier, so there is no cost or increased labor on the Post Office end of things. In fact, the use of Postal Notice has the potential to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue boosting job security for postal workers.

Every letter carrier is equipped with a global positioning system device that registers each of the more than 155 million mail delivery points in the United States. When the carrier arrives at a subscriber’s mailbox, a message is immediately sent with notification of the delivery. The use of social media as a notification tool brings the USPS further into the 21st century.

Postal Notice is a patented system developed by Phoenix inventor Anthem Pleasant. “This is a great service for all Americans. Business owners know the instant promised documents have arrived,” he said. “Anxious mothers know letters from distant loved ones are in her mailbox. Rural Americans, frequently some distance from their mailbox, know when the carrier has visited their location and the elderly and less active, who often need assistance for their trip to the mailbox, can make an informed choice to retrieve their mail.”

Pleasant has proposed the Postal Notice system to USPS headquarters as a cost effective subscription service to all postal customers. Postal Notice works in conjunction with the USPS’ Informed Delivery service, which scans each letter at the beginning of the day and sends a notice early in the day to its subscribers that a letter is out for delivery. Postal Notice takes it a step further by telling subscribers the exact moment the letter carrier has arrived at their mailbox.

“Informed Delivery is an effective element of the USPS’ service to its customers,” Pleasant said. “Adding the immediacy of Postal Notice to the mix is like putting chocolate on your pillow each night. It will be a strong public/private sector partnership.”

Under the proposed plan, the USPS would charge a minimal monthly fee of $3.00 for individuals and $7.00 for businesses for the service. Under this plan, the USPS could generate more than $700 million in revenues annually based on only 10 percent subscriber participation. A companion USPS customer service program named MoverSource allows the organization to receive revenue for additional services. That program generated more than $300 million for the USPS since it began in 2011.

Postal Notice also has the potential to function as a standalone service, further enhancing the effectiveness of mail delivery throughout the United States.


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111 Comments on "Postal Notice would send customers an alert when their mail has been delivered in their mailbox"

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Jessica Sullivan

Orrrrr just walk to your mail box, take the mail out to see what you get. I’m glad to see they are charging if for it. It’s been free for a year.

Anne McGlothlin


Chris Mueller
Cool, so now customers will get an email showing them what letters they are receiving that day. Then they’ll get a text alerting them that their mail has been delivered and they’ll go outside to retrieve their mail. Much to their surprise, they’ll see NO MAIL in their box and then they will freak out and call the post office wondering where their mail is. At this point the postmaster will have to explain to the customer that their mailman has not been to their house yet and that they got an email because the carrier was in fact on… Read more »
Tracie Sargent Wrisley

Or we deviated for an express

Nathan Chester

Or bypassing blocked boxes

Bryan Kroh

Or any number of things, honestly. The reality will never match the GPS

Jennifer Langworthy Mccormick

Too many flippin’ flaws for this to work. “I put their mail in the box. I don’t know why it’s not there.” Hmm…maybe someone saw the carrier put a package in the box and decided to help themselves.

Adriana Hennington

I delivered these today

Rhonda Ransom Mason

Oh great more wasted money they call or come in to see were their packages are because they tracked it to our office which don’t come to us till next day or so because ups drops it to main office.more fun to deal with

Christine Mather- Hinkle


Tracie Sargent Wrisley

Any ideas on how our GPS could “accidentally” stop working?

Carrie Padgett

lol, right?

Norma Wessels Foster

Probably because you input your id instead of scanning your barcode. Hmmm

Angie Loomis Nolan

If your route ID is input “incorrectly”, you will not receive dog warnings, spms, etc. Found this out after working my new route for 2 months. Ooopsy. When we realized it, I input correctly and started getting all those lovely notifications again.

Carl Johnston

Like I give a rats a*s when my mail is put in my mailbox. Also I care about are my Amazon packages!

Jeff Myer

That means the mail actually has to be delivered not just drive by the mailbox.

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