I have to admit to being as shocked as anyone with Wednesday’s announcement that Canada Post will be discontinuing door-to-door delivery starting in the second half of next year. The postal service will instead require people to pick up their mail from community mailboxes, with nation-wide conversion to be completed by 2019.
At first, it seemed like a step backwards in time, reminiscent of the shared party phone lines of the 1950s (not that I was there, but I read). But on second take, it makes sense and might even be a good thing. The majority of physical mail that most people get these days is probably annoying junk flyers, so this could actually help with that. People also generally expect important stuff, meaning it comes by courier or isn’t too much of a hassle to pick up. As Kate Wilkinson at Canadian Business points out, the coming costs savings could make the postal service more efficient, allowing it to focus on other potential money-making ventures.
It seems like a few stars are indeed converging. If a newly modernized Canada Post is going to be looking at new ways to make money, why not start with that old adage, where if you can’t beat ‘em, you join ‘em? If it’s really the internet that is killing the postal service, why doesn’t the postal office get into providing internet service? Read the rest of this entry »