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35 Snail Mail Innovations

Traditional Postal Systems Invent New Ways to Ship Physical Mail

— May 13, 2015 — Lifestyle
Sending handwritten letters by snail mail may be a thing of the past, but postal systems are evolving to keep up with tech-savvy consumers who shop online and prefer the convenience of sending and receiving digital mail.

Physical letters and envelopes are now becoming more enticing to send, thanks to special scents, flavors and features like built-in QR codes that connect recipient and sender. Connecting givers and receivers is also proving to be a popular theme in other snail mail innovations like the mail-based Real Network by the Royal Mail Group, Snail Mail My Email and the Omni Present gift-wrapping system.

Physical mail is also becoming easier to collect with parcel pickup shops set up in UK train stations, drones being tested by French mail service La Poste, as well as apps like Mr. Postman and Postybell.
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Indestructible Snail Mail
Indestructible Snail Mail
The MIRO Post Card Puts Your Memories to Metal for Damage-Proof Messages
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Physically Produced Emails
Physically Produced Emails
Ivan Cash Will Mail Out Your Emails for Free with 'Snail Mail my Email'
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Palatable Cocoa Postage
Palatable Cocoa Postage
The Belgium Chocolate Stamps Offer a Tasty Treat for Mailers
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Smokey Swine Snail Mail
Smokey Swine Snail Mail
The MMMMvelopes Are a Bacon-Flavored Treat
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Snail Mail Train Rides
Snail Mail Train Rides
The Mail Rail Musem Will Let Passengers Retrace Mail Train Routes
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Train Station Mail Services
Train Station Mail Services
The Doddle Trial Parcel Shop is for Multitasking Commuters in the UK
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Modern Mailbox-Alerting Memos
Modern Mailbox-Alerting Memos
This Nifty Mailbox Sensor Brings Snail Mail Into the Digital Age
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Video Postage Stamps
Video Postage Stamps
The Australia Post's Unique Postage Stamp Lets You Send a Video
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Autonomous Mail Drop Boxes
Autonomous Mail Drop Boxes
Swapbox is an Automated Post Office for Secure Sending and Receiving
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Nostalgic Message-Sending Services
Nostalgic Message-Sending Services
Snail Mail My Email Allows People to Experience an Old Feeling
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Literal Carrier Pigeons
Literal Carrier Pigeons
The LWA Pigeon Post Scheme Brings Wings to the Concept of Snail Mail
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Cartoon Sponge-Edition Mailboxes
Cartoon Sponge-Edition Mailboxes
Nickelodeon Transformed USPS Mailboxes to Encourage Kids to Write
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Engine Exhaust Envelopes
Engine Exhaust Envelopes
These D-Bros Tearable Envelopes are "Fume-tastic"
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Snail Mail Beer Campaigns
Snail Mail Beer Campaigns
Heineken Urges People to 'Spark Your Holidays' with Handwritten Notes
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WiFi-Enabled Mailboxes
WiFi-Enabled Mailboxes
The Mr. Postman Mailbox is App-Connected for Instant Alerts
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Pre-Recorded Snail Mail
Pre-Recorded Snail Mail
Video Message Greeting Cards Pack ten Minutes of Mushiness into 95 Grams
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Handwritten Postal Garments
Handwritten Postal Garments
fukutegami Sends Clothing in the Mail with Messages
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Retro Mailing Services
Retro Mailing Services
Apple iCards Hope to Revitalize the Dying Physical Postal Industry
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Advanced Digital Snail Mail
Advanced Digital Snail Mail
Outbox Scans and Sends Paper Parcels Digitally
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Parcel Delivery Drones
Parcel Delivery Drones
The GeoDrone is Being Tested By French Mail Service La Poste
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Telephoning Gift Wrapping
Telephoning Gift Wrapping
Omni Present Device Calls Up the Sender to Deliver a Real-Time Greeting
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Sweet Mouthwatering Mailers
Sweet Mouthwatering Mailers
Flavorlopes Makes Sealing Letters Fun and Fruity
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3D-Printed Postal Objects
3D-Printed Postal Objects
The Royal Mail Creates & Sells Knickknacks with a 3D Printing Service
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Patriotic Mail Makeovers
Patriotic Mail Makeovers
The United States Postal Service's New USPS Packages Are Modern
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Reusable Delivery Packaging
Reusable Delivery Packaging
The RePack System Encourages Consumers to Return Their Used Envelopes
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Airbourne Snail Mail
Airbourne Snail Mail
The Flying Letter Allows you to Send Notes in Style
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Compact Mailbox Sensors
Compact Mailbox Sensors
The Gate Smart Mailbox Prevents Mail Theft
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Fragrant Mail Campaigns
Fragrant Mail Campaigns
This Facebook Tea Promotion Campaign Mails Out Letters & a Matching Scent
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Customizable Cookie Messages
Customizable Cookie Messages
Japan's Cookie Mail is a Delicious Way to Send Cookie Gifts
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Modern Mail Mobiles
Modern Mail Mobiles
The Posten Pod Mail Delivery Vehicle Improves Ergonomics and Efficiency
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Mailman Menswear Bags
Mailman Menswear Bags
The DURKL x Ortlieb Messenger Backpack is Postal-Themed
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Romantic Mail Trucks
Romantic Mail Trucks
The Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Revives the Art of Handwriting
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Snail Mail Packaging
Snail Mail Packaging
Lather Me Soap Sports a Girly Envelope Wrapper
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DIY Postal Sachets
DIY Postal Sachets
The Brit & Co. Duct Tape Envelopes are a Funky Way to Send Mail
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Eco-Friendly Postal Packages
Eco-Friendly Postal Packages
The Sendbag Concept Gives the Envelope an Extended Life
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