This is June, so this is NOT an April Fool’s gag. Honest.
They didn’t have to really do much to offer this service. They already scan all the mail as a part of their first-cut, automated sorting system. They use state-of-the-art OCR (optical character recognition) to pick-out the zip-code. So, extending that to read the rest of the address was not too difficult.
It could be a GREAT help. For a start you can see IF the check is indeed in the mail — way ahead of the mail being delivered.
I like it — THOUGH alas it is not available in my zip though it is SUPPOSED to be! As ever my loss and the price I pay for living in the stick.
But, check it out. Sign-up for it. It will be handy.
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