According to the U.S. Postal Service, total mail volumes have declined by 39 percent* since 2008. But total package volume and delivery has grown by 21 percent. These stats show how much changing technologies and the growing influence of e-commerce have changed the core purpose of U.S. mail solutions.
It’s not too far-fetched to imagine today’s higher education student having never sent an actual physical letter. Millennials born in 2000, six years after Amazon’s founding, not only may not have ever sent a letter, they likely have also never known a life in which they could not order almost any goods they desired online.
So while some may view the campus mail center as a relic of a bygone era, the truth is that they are actually far more important than ever today. And most Americans agree: according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll, more than 75%* of adult respondents believe that packages sent to students are safer delivered to a campus mail center, rather than to a dorm or off-campus apartment.
While many higher education administrators may recognize the urgent need to offer a modern, safe campus mail center for their students (and those students’ families and friends), administrators may unfortunately be forced to tackle the problem with facilities engineered for the mail and package needs of yesteryear.