The Future of Mail

One caller the other night was ringing me all the way from Denmark. He is a mailman in his home town, and wondered what my thoughts are about the future of traditional post offices. It’s something interesting to think about. With technology advancing more every day, people don’t want pieces of paper lying around.

The most frustrating thing for me is to see the cost of postage going up all of the time. I’ll buy a book of stamps one day. It seems like within just a few weeks those stamps aren’t enough anymore. It’s frustrating.

The new Forever stamps may help with this. They just recently went on sale at your local U.S. post office. Research has shown that customers prefer the Forever stamp for the convenience it offers by easing the transition for mailing letters when prices change. When postage changes in the future, it will reduce the need to buy one- and two-cent stamps.

If it were up to me, I’d conduct all of my business online and reduce the need to have any pieces of paper lying around. Not only would I be saving some trees, I’d also be saving some clutter in my house.

What about you? What do you feel will happen with traditional snail mail in the coming years?