The US Postal Service wants to ‘cluster’ subdivision mailboxes — and developers aren’t happy

Mailboxes for future subdivision houses will become extinct if a U.S. Postal Service mandate for clustered mailboxes remains.

“As we all know, we’ve had mail delivered to our houses since it was established by Benjamin Franklin, and that is now changing,” said Kevin Woodward, president of the Rutherford County Home Builders Association, which opposes the mandate from postal officials. “In my humble opinion, they have missed the prominent principle of business, and that’s to satisfy the end user.”

Although Woodward and other association members want curbside delivery to remain for new houses, USPS official Sandy Alsman said the “centralized delivery” requirement will save money.


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Yeah out saves USPS $ because we only get paid 1/2 for these and still have to go house to house with packages(which we don’t get paid for)

And for City Letter Carriers who are paid by the hour standing in front of a cluster box to deliver takes less time than walking door to door. It is the reason why a carrier with apartment based routes serve thousands of individual family homes while those who walks or drives from one single family home mailbox to the next only serves hundreds of delivery points. Thus less carriers and fewer future employees that the USPS are prefunding their retirement health benefits for

honestly I cannot tell what side you’re on but with the parcels nowadays you’re still going to so many houses more than we were before so it doesn’t make sense to have cluster boxes and if you know the route fine you can do it faster but if you’re a sub or you don’t know the route it takes a lot longer to deliver to a cluster box

What do you mean by side? I am simple giving an explanation to Mr. Woodward complaint of why the USPS will fight so hard to get a cluster box in all new developments even if the older neighborhoods have grandfathered in a delivery mode of walking to the door. Even with parcels, which are dropping back down due to competition from Amazon’s own network and others wanting a piece of the pie. Many of my days consist of walking from door to door to 400 houses with only a market ad, maybe a few ads but certainly no first class… Read more »

it might save money in the beginning also because the new development has to pay for the cluster boxes but once they’re put in then it’s the postal services responsibilities and they’re paying for the cluster boxes maintenance which is ridiculous it all it is the money sucker it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard

I can understand the reason behind the cluster mailbox push by the USPS. Driving up to box on post can be a challenge after snow storms or reaching box on post when they are placed to far back from the road. There is a new product called the Slide Me Out mailbox bracket that allows a box to slide forward. The bracket can help speed up deliveries for routes with box on post. This could be a compromise. I invented this product after i was almost hit by a car clearing snow from mailbox. I now slide box to edge… Read more »