Friday April 18, 2014

Canada’s postal service obsolete

So what makes Canada Post so special that we need to save it? Where is the wailing for the blacksmith? The town crier? The lamp lighter? Not to put too fine a point on it, Canada Post is obsolete.

Canada Post has been obsolete for at least 20 years. Ever since the advent of email — yeah, that old technology — there hasn’t been a need for Canada Post. Email is almost passé with social networks.

All the while, we wail about how we need Canada Post. The union, CUPW, has been bleeding this cash cow dry. Postal carriers can expect to start at $23.11 per hour plus a bonus for flyers.

Seriously, ask yourself, what proportion of your daily mail just winds up straight into your recycle bin? In our household we receive perhaps half-a-dozen postcards and two or three cheques per year.

Bills? E-post.

Personal letters? Email or Facebook.

Packages? UPS, Fedex, Purolator or DHL.

To put a further nail in Canada Post’s box, Amazon has announced that it will be trialing drone delivery. I can foresee the day where a combination of autonomously driven trucks and drones handle vast amorphous regions with better service and vastly fewer manpower than exists in today’s Canada Post.

Autonomous drone delivery is probably not the end-all either with 3D printing coming down the pipe.



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