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One fewer mall walker

June 20, 2012 - Rob Weaver
Next month, Tiffin Mall is to have one fewer mall walker: the letter carrier.

Beginning July 3, mail delivery for mall tenants is to switch to centrally located postal boxes. The “cluster box units” are to be installed in the corridor near the mall office, across from the former cinema.

A letter from Alan Hamm of Tiffin Post Office dated June 15 informed mall tenants of the change. It cites an analysis of mail volume and mode of delivery at a shopping mall in Beechwood, which “revealed that centralizing mail delivery would significantly improve efficiency while maintaining effective delivery service.”

As everyone knows, mail volume has been decreasing, and the U.S. Postal Service is seeking to cut costs and improve efficiency. I’m not certain how long it takes a letter carrier to walk around the mall, delivering mail to each tenant, but I suppose having a central drop-off/pick-up point will save some time. I’m fairly certain there are times of the year -- this would be one -- when that carrier appreciates the climate control atmosphere of the mall.

Some mall occupants -- a church, dance studio, martial arts school, a radio station -- might not receive or send many pieces of mail. But a commercial tenant might handle a larger volume. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out.


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