April 30, 2018
The Postal Service has just announced some changes that will make cluster boxes more common. Effective April 26, 2018, the Postal Service has revised the Postal Operations Manual (POM), part 631, to update the policies related to modes of delivery. The revisions are here.
It’s not the first such step toward cluster boxes. In April 2012, the Postal Service revised the POM to give itself more authority to determine the mode of delivery when adding new delivery points. Further revisions were announced in October 2015.
Both the 2012 and 2015 revisions indicated that the Postal Service was pretty much requiring cluster boxes for new residential areas and businesses when feasible. This week’s revisions to the POM go further in that direction.
According to the new version of the POM, centralized delivery is now “the preferred mode of delivery for all new residential and commercial developments.” This point is emphasized by revising the title of section 631.242 to read: “Newly Established or Extended Centralized Delivery Points (Preferred Mode).”
This section goes on to state: “Centralized delivery is the preferred mode for new or extended business or residential delivery points, with very rare exceptions, as determined by the Postal Service in its sole discretion, on a case-by-case basis (see 631.1).”
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