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The Evolution of Commercial Mailboxes Since the Turn of the Century

To help us understand how commercial mailboxes got to be where they are today, it’s helpful to take a look at the not-so-distant past. You see, the major changes for us happened in the middle of the 19th-century.

It’s safe to say that before the 1850s, mailboxes, as we know them, weren’t in existence just yet. That all changed with the postal stamp, which replaced the need to pay for postage at a local post office.

People really enjoyed their letters to each other. New styles and designs were invented to accommodate the growing use of the mailbox, aiming to be both practical and attractive at once.

Of course, mail (or the general delivery of messages) goes way back in ancient history–long before our 21st-century. For this article, we’ll stick to those details that brought about the commercial mailboxes that we use today.

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7 Tips For Keeping Your Commercial Mailbox Safe From Holiday Thieves

Many families love to send presents and packages to their loved ones during the holiday season. It’s way to celebrate even when distance keeps them apart. Unfortunately, the Scrooges of the world are keeping nearly one-third of Americans from receiving those loving packages.

It is more important than ever to take extra precautions in keeping your mail box safe and its contents secure. When it comes to a commercial mailbox, this importance rises even more. No one wants a family to have their holiday ruined due to a bunch of thieves.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to increase the security of your mailbox. We’ll go through them together below.

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Ideas for Your Apartment Building Mailboxes

Have you seen the state of your apartment buildings’ mailboxes lately?

Are they overflowing? Do they have broken doors? Maybe they just generally look less-than-secure.

As a landlord or building manager, you have a legal obligation to take care of the buildings’ mailboxes. Moreover, managing apartment building mailboxes is a way to improve tenant satisfaction and keep happy tenants living in your property.

Not sure what this means or want to know more? Read on to learn about great ideas for your apartment mailboxes.

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5 Mail Trends of 2017 You Need to Be on Lookout For

People tend to think that direct mail is a marketing tool of the past, but that couldn’t be further from reality.

In fact, direct mail response rate saw a 5.3% increase in 2016 and is expected to grow even more when it’s all said and done this year.

Companies that abandon this marketing tool in favor of email marketing are leaving money on the table.

The reality is that email marketing isn’t as effective. Direct mail receives a 4.4% response rate while emails only sit at 0.12%. There just isn’t as much physical mail cluttering your mailbox as there are emails in your inbox.

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Mail Fraud Protection: Preventative Tips You Must Know

Fraud complaints in the United States keep growing every year. Law enforcement agencies are having to work extra hard to stop these crimes. Nevertheless, there are some fraud protection tips you can apply to safeguard your mail.

Mail fraud is any crime or fraudulent scheme committed using U.S. Mail or the postal service. It’s not surprising that it’s difficult to stem the tide of these crimes. There are many ways to scam people.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) lists mail fraud schemes such as:

  • employment fraud
  • financial fraud
  • sweepstakes and lottery fraud
  • inheritance scams
  • home improvement scams

With these types of threats available, you need to take measures to stay safe. Keep reading to learn what to do.

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A Simple Guide to Choosing The Best Multi Unit Mailboxes

If your commercial real estate property has multiple tenants living throughout the complex, it’s important to choose the right mailbox. Over 350,000 mailpieces are processed every minute.

Multi unit mailboxes are your top pick for providing your tenants with easy access to their mail at all times of the day.

Let’s dive into our simple guide to choosing the best multi unit mailboxes that will work best for the mail delivery process at your property.

1. Multi Unit Mailboxes Include Cluster Mailboxes

One option you should consider installing for your tenants is a cluster mailbox system. A cluster box unit, or CBU, is also a way to reduce costs for the mail delivery service.

A strong aluminum material guards the individual mailboxes for prime security. The material is rust-proof and very hard to break into!

Cluster mailboxes are great for the outdoors, too. These mailboxes also include parcel locks that only the trusted USPS mail carrier and you have access to. Consider adding this postal certified unit to better accommodate the residents living in a building you own.

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Mailbox Not a PO Box

The internet has transformed the way Americans do business, both for large corporations and for small businesses. In fact, surveys show that Americans now do the majority of their shopping online.

For this reason, many small businesses conduct commerce entirely online with no brick and mortar location. While this can be a profitable way to do business, the truth is that even online companies need a physical mailing address.

You may assume that a PO box is the best way to get an address for your business. But in reality, a mailbox is a much more effective solution. Let’s take a closer look at why a mailbox is the way to go.

Why Does Your Business Need an Address?

Before we get into the differences between PO boxes and mailboxes, let’s step back and discuss why your business needs an address.

Operating entirely online is a great way to reduce overhead costs associated with a physical location. If your business consists mostly of client-based work with online communication, you may not feel like you need an address. Or perhaps you operate your business out of your house and just plan on using your home address.

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Why You Should Invest in Security Locking Mailboxes

Every day, more and more people fall victims to identity theft.

With so much personal information readily available both online and offline, it’s easier than ever.

Have you ever considered that your mailbox may be frequently visited by people other than your mailman?

Identity thieves looking for valuable personal information regularly check unlocked mailboxes to steal your bank and utility bills.

They’ll grab hold of anything that’ll give them access to your personal data. So if you’ve been missing some of your mail lately, it’s time to investigate into the matter.

The best way to prevent this is to get a security locking mailbox. They’re a little more expensive than regular mailboxes, but you get a peace of mind and mail safety.

So read on to discover why you should invest in locking mailboxes and how to find the right one for you.

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Examining the Prevalence of Physical Mail in 2017

You may think that email has destroyed the art of writing letters. Yet, here we are in 2017, and physical mail thrives.

However, mail has been on a consistent decline.

USPS reports a 61% decrease in volume for First Class Mail between 1995 and 2013. The decrease is also found in the annual shipment statistics released by FedEx. Similar numbers are represented with UPS.

But if mail is dying, then why are so many marketers turning to snail mail? Read on to find out.

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Tips For Dealing With Mailbox Vandalism

People living in rural or isolated areas tend to experience vandalism most because their mailboxes are usually isolated. Residental mailboxes are somewhat safe, but there are occasional vandalism cases.

Dealing with regular mailbox vandalism can be quite annoying. The last thing you want is duct taping it every time it’s vandalized. As such, you need to find a lasting solution once and for good.

This article is going to help you know just that. Read on to learn more.

1. Report the Case

You can either report the case to the police or your postmaster.

Calling the police is an ideal step in the case of repeat vandalism. Law enforcement can give you a report, which you can use to get insurance reimbursement. Plus, there are mailbox vandalism laws that the police can help you understand if you’re a victim.

Reporting to your postmaster is also a viable decision. For example, the U.S Postal Service has a law enforcement and security arm that deals with such cases. They have an online form that you can fill when reporting a vandalism case.

The Postal Inspection Service will give you Label 33, which you can stick to your mailbox to warn potential vandals.

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The Benefits Of A Wall Mount Mailbox

Did you know that since 1923 the U.S. Postal Service has required every household to have a mailbox or letter slot?

Since then, the common mailbox has undergone many changes in design and size requirements. People have experimented with fence mount and post mount mailboxes as well as collection mailboxes. 

However, perhaps one of the best mailbox options available to homeowners is the wall mount mailbox. 

Wall mounts are installed on the house’s exterior, usually to the wall near the front door. While post mount mailboxes used to be more common, wall mounts are becoming more popular due to their many benefits.

Keep reading to find out why you should consider a wall mount mailbox!

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Can a New Mailbox Boost Property Management Revenue?

Looking for fresh ideas to increase your revenue and the value of your rental properties? 

You may not have considered a new mailbox but it has more benefits than you might think!

Read on to learn how a mailbox can change the way potential tenants view your property.

Boosting Property Revenue: The New Mailbox Edition

There are several mailboxes to choose from on today’s market. They range from sophisticated residential models to commercial cluster models.

Choosing the right mailbox can add to your property’s curb appeal without incurring high costs.

A mailbox can add convenience, style and authenticity. Choosing the ideal mailbox depends on the property and the tenant that you wish you attract.

So, how do you decide on a mailbox for your property? Here are a few ways that the right mailbox can boost curb appeal.

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Does Your Home Office Need a Business Mailbox?

Working from your home office offers a variety of benefits. We all can appreciate the convenience of a 4 step commute and taking lunch whenever you please. 

However, a home-based business can have some disadvantages, too. For example, you probably lack a business mailbox.

This may seem insignificant but having a business mailbox actually, has a lot of perks. Read on to learn why you should have one.

Protection for Mail 

Working from home doesn’t mean you’re always actually working from home. On those days you have to step away, you can’t risk losing a package or piece of mail. 

Having a private mailbox means your mail is guaranteed to be secure. There’s no need to worry about a business package getting stolen off your doorstep. 

Your private mailbox will hold your package until you are able to retrieve it. 

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Easy Guide To Installing Commercial Mailboxes

Installing your commercial mailboxes can be a breeze with only a few simple tools, a little time, and a bit of prep work beforehand.

This guide will give you all the information you need to know in order to install your commercial mailboxes without any trouble at all.

Tool’s You’ll Need

  • Drill – half-inch drill bit capable of drilling down far enough to match your anchor bolts. About 4 ½ to 5 ½ inches should be fine.
  • Torque wrench or an impact wrench
  • Washers
  • Spirit Level
  • Socket Wrench
  • Anchor Bolts

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