USPS' Informed Delivery Shows Americans What to Expect in the Mail

By: Laura McQuarrie - Dec 15, 2015
References: realmail.usps & nextgov
The US Postal Service is now testing a new notification service called 'Informed Delivery' that will allow Americans to see images of their unopened letter-sized mail via email before actually receiving it in person.

The USPS already photographs every letter and package that comes through its service, for the purposes of sorting and providing evidence as needed for criminal cases—such as ones that involve the intention of shipping of ricin-laced letters or anthrax to political leaders. In addition to serving official government purposes, people will be able to opt-in to the Informed Delivery alerts online and receive updates each morning with what to expect in their mailbox.

While the service is not available to businesses and people will not be able to look ahead for packaged boxes, the service is still a handy one for those who like to know what's en route.