This is a question often asked by residence life and student housing property managers after they find that the post office has designated their property as a Single-Point Delivery location. This tends to be a time of anxiety because by making this designation, the post office has basically told them that they will not deliver mail directly to their recipients.
Here is the verbiage directly from the Postal Operations Manual 631.5:
“Single-point bulk delivery is a delivery method by which mail intended for multiple persons at a location is delivered in bulk to management or other officials at a single point for distribution to the individual addressees. The receiving individual or official is [also] responsible for re-directing mail to individuals who are no longer at an address.” – Francia Smith, Vice President and Consumer Advocate, USPS (Smith 2000).
“Whether located on or off campus and regardless of private ownership, such buildings are nevertheless dormitories and either the school or building owner is responsible for Final Delivery of the student mail. Post office personnel are not to distribute mail into apartment-type mailboxes”- Postal Operations Manual 631.5.
The average student housing property has approximately 800 beds, so managing mail service for that many recipients 6 days per week can seem a daunting task. Luckily, there are some options and US Postal Solutions can provide them all… unless of course, managing all of that mail on your own is preferred. University outsourcing has been trending in the last few years and mail delivery management is no exception. US Postal Solutions is led by experience and operates 355 days a year, running on the same schedule as the post office, and have our state-of-the-art software PackageLog that manages all packages and parcels that arrive on property. Whether its full-service mail delivery management or if the preference is to self-manage package deliveries with PackageLog, US Postal Solutions can help.
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