My Post Office recently installed the new Automated Parcel Drop (APD). I love it. You press a button, scan your package, lift the door, place package inside, close it, and it prints a receipt. Conveyor drops it on the other side. Only downfall is you can only do one package at a time. No more worries about the scan for on time shipping. Anyone else have this new Automated Parcel Drop?
That must be a big city thing. Our Post Office doesn't even have a stamp machine
But it sounds awesome for those that drop off at the PO after hours!
I've never even heard of them. Sounds like a great idea though. I have started putting bright red SCAN ME stickers on the front and it's worked great so far. Not that they probably HAVE to any way, but still...
I am green with envy! I bet it's gonna take quite a long while before one of those doo-dads reaches Picayune, Mississippi.
Heck, I still have to bring a feed-bag filled with oats to bribe the horse, before the Pony Express rider will even saddle up. . ..
It's the Cupertino, CA Post Office. Am I allowed to post a link the the USPS Article about it? It says, "The machines are being tested in five retail lobbies in California, Florida, New York, North Dakota and Virginia". I think it's only in service during post office hours. I went there on Saturday after the counter was closed and the Machine was turned off.
Only five! It's definitely gonna take forever then. Drat.
My tiny local PO has only one window and a lobby that isn't much bigger than a bathtub. It's always absolutely crammed with people waiting to see the postal clerk. One of those machines would be the answer to standing in line for ten or 15 minutes ever time I visit the PO.
I am in the lowest part of Texas spit and you hit Mexican territory . We have an after hours drop chute inside the lobby of our post office 24 hours problem is 5 minutes after the counter closes the chute is full. its would be great for weekends but again 5 minutes after counter closes its full so got to wait for Monday really defeats the purpose of 24 hour all weekend post office ?"><:+ Jealous too .
@anniebrosia No but take a picture of it next time you are there and then post it here. I would love that but our P.O. can get so busy with people selling on line I can see there being a line there at times. But that would be agreat addition.
I can only wish. hand written labels, each box tied with a string. You go to the post office, take a number and sit and wait. Tracking is affixed to each parcel individually, the label is then scanned by the clerk who then decides the postage rate. We have a worker who just does post office delivery. There is no pick up here, nothing automated. One thing I do miss about the States.
Next time I go to the PO, I will take a photo of the Machine. No packages for the PO today
Here's a picture of the new Automated Parcel Drop.
24" x 16" x 12" works for me - that's way more than can be stuffed in a blue box at about 14" x 8" x 5") or the APC bin chutes which are limited to about 20" x 15" x 12"
Wonder when (if ever) they'll get here?
Still going to have the inconvenience of PO lobbies being locked at night (due to theft and homeless living in them), but will still save some PO hours trips to the counter. Still have to take ski pole (60") and tennis racquet packages (30") to the counter.
I've been using it for about 6 months. It's GREAT when it works, however 75% of the it's down (I assume full) when I go to use it. The nice thing is it does an acceptance scan (even on Sundays, After hours or holidays!). They had to put the big metal drop box back in because of the unit being down so much.