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?
Many years ago, my mother wrote out a check for the rent of our house at the time, stuffed it into an addressed envelope, slapped a stamp on it and tossed it into a mail box. The letter was picked up the next day by our neighborhood mailman, and mom assumed that it would reach the rightful person in a day or two. A week later, however, she received a call from the landlady asking why the rent hadn’t been paid. Mom checked with the bank… the check hadn’t been cashed. She spoke with the post office. They didn’t have a damaged envelope on hand. No one could figure out where the mail had gone!
Mom canceled the check, and sent out a new one. Lo and behold: the original envelope was delivered to our house a week or so later. Our rent check had decided to go to Vegas without us, apparently. There were postmarks on there for our home town – and for Las Vegas. What happened to it in between the two dates is a mystery to this day.
While this may have happened many years ago, we still do see lost mail at times. It happens. Think of how many boxes and envelopes the post offices handle each day. It’s mind-boggling to try and add it up. This is why I feel the Google Envelopes (still only a concept at this point) could be a great idea.
If these were a reality, you would type your address and the address of the person you’re mailing something to into the program. Print your envelope and SEE the route right there in front of you. No one can get lost this way. Both addresses are clearly displayed along with a map between the two points.
There is one slight problem, though. This will only work so far if the sender’s address is west of the recipient’s home. I’m sure there’s a workaround for this, but I haven’t figured out yet what it would be.
What do you think? Would you print these fun little envelopes and use them for yourself? Or… would you rather have the ability to say “Gee, I don’t know where the check is. It must be lost in the mail.”
We have new snail mail addresses – par for the course. Let’s start with changing our American Express account…
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Crap. Okay, let’s just move on to Comcast…
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