[Tagging] A place where letters & parcels are sent to be sorted so they can be delivered?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Thu Feb 23 22:29:27 UTC 2017

> On Feb 24, 2017, at 3:32 AM, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists) <robert.whittaker+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
> I chose post_depot as a more general term, that would be applicable to
> things that might be called a "Delivery Office", a "Sorting Office" or
> maybe even something like "Parcel Hub" or "Distribution Centre". The
> initial "post_" part mirrored existing "post_office" tag.

Landuse=commercial +
Building=commercial +

Distribution_centre may handle more than mail then - if you want a more flexible tag. Subtag it distribution_centre=* for types, so the wheel doesn't have to be reinvented for each type. 

Parcels (including mail/ delivery)
Retail Goods (coca-cola distribution center) 
Crops (?) 
Fuel (LPG tank distribution depot) 

To me, a defining point is of a distribution centre is it is private or Very limited B to B - an intermediary stop on its way to a final destination. Coca Cola is made in a bottling plant and sent to a distribution warehouse where the cans are loaded onto trucks to service the vending machines and convenience stores - the distribution center is where the trucks from the bottling plant and the trucks distributing goods meet. 

Here is such a distribution centre:
Coca-Cola East Japan "sales center" 

A propane/LPG distribution center. The big tank trucks deliver to here, the little trucks take small household tanks out to houses and restaurants. The intermidiary storage tank is hidden under solar panels. 

A generic tag might be best, because they use business-speak for the parcel facilities now. 

San Diego has had 2 big postal sort facilities. A larger one took over the job of the smaller one a decade ago. There are "retail" services available from a post office in the front of the building, but the facility's job is is to sort all the mail for about 2 million people. 

The older one has a longer name:
"United States Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center"

The newer one uses the name: 
"processing center" - which could also be a fish cannery or the like. 

>Margaret L. Sellers Processing Center

They are very big, with a hundred or so employees. 

Here is an article with proper names regarding the closing of the smaller one. 


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