Welcome to the first 2017 roundup of what’s going on in the shipping and mailing world! In this installment, we’re taking a look at FedEx’s newly announced package dropoff and pickup at Walgreens; the U.S. Postal Service’s® recent trip to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES); and how the Obama administration dealt with the roughly 10,000 pieces of incoming mail the White House received each day.
Shipping giant FedEx announced that customers will soon be able to drop off and pick up packages at thousands of Walgreens locations. After a small-scale rollout this spring, locations will slowly be added until the offering reaches all Walgreens locations nationwide by fall 2018. Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Raj Subramaniam explained that this decision was based off FedEx research that customers rank pharmacies as “a preferred location for accessing their ecommerce shipments.”
The U.S. Postal Service recently made a splash at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, where they showed off a number of interesting innovations. The mail carrier was primarily there to unveil its new Precious Cargo Box, which features polyurethane blobs designed specifically to protect electronics. This exciting upgrade comes in three sizes, designed to fit a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
The USPS also demoed some other innovations that aren’t quite ready to debut yet, like a talking blue collection mailbox that provides information to customers, weighs packages and more. Stay tuned for exciting USPS news to come.
What does the White House actually do with all the mail written by citizens – about 10,000 incoming letters each day? At the beginning of his first term, President Obama expressed a desire to read 10 letters per day. The Office of Presidential Correspondence (OPC) established a system for reading, sorting and collating 10 letters that would be added to the president’s briefing book each evening. About 2 percent of all incoming mail was put aside for review, whether it eventually ended up in the briefing book or required further action.
With 50 staff members, 36 interns and over 300 volunteers, Obama’s OPC was an impressive operation. Staff members wanted to give the president real stories from real Americans. Director Fiona Reeves explains, “He can’t walk down a street and see what it normally looks like,” so these letters helped him step outside of the White House bubble. And, a number of lucky letter-writers got a glimpse inside the White House, receiving hand-written responses from President Obama himself.
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