Death of Snail Mail

Added on: Thursday 22nd October 2009

Is the two day Postal Strike that began this morning the nail in the coffin for the Royal Mail?

I just can't believe the stupidity of postal workers who have voted to strike when volumes of traditional post have been reducing for years.

The service has also seemed to me to be less reliable over the last few years and it galls me when you have to pay a premium to guarantee that something will get to its destination on time.

Nowadays we have email and skype to communicate and both are much quicker than mail. With a printer at the other end a document can be scanned, sent and received the other side of the world in minutes... and its free (barring the connection and line rental).

Many online stores already use courier services in favour of Royal Mail and I'm sure that following this many more will switch.

I can now pay suppliers and recieve payment from clients via BACS so no need to send cheques in the post - although that excuse is becoming even better as the service deteriorates!

Finally, with email marketing producing great returns on investment there is no longer a need for a national postal service.

There is still something nice about getting an unexpected letter through the post but maybe it is now time to say the the post office has had its day.

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