Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Canada Post seeks financial savings from cuts and streamlining to rural services

The CBC in Manitoba provided a review last week of some plans by Canada Post to streamline its mail delivery system, by taking mail from rural communities to larger centres for sorting and distribution

A process which critics suggest will delay the nature of door to door delivery in those communities affected.

Canada Post Centralization will mean slower deliveries to small communities

Other postal related Issues of concern for the Northwest were first raised out of Smithers in March, when CUPW officials outlined what they believed was Canada Post's agenda for that community and the impact that it might have across rural BC.

Smithers Post Office Faces Downsizing Concerns

Those particular items of cost reduction, are part of a larger issue for Canada Post which faces an uncertain future, with the traditions of their 250 year history, not quite the same as they were when that first letter was hand delivered to its destination.

Canada Post's delicate makeover

The focus of Canada Post these days is to find ways to stay relevant and cost efficient in the era of digital communication, where letter mail is less and less a focus on the business.

Most residents will probably agree that the trip to their personal mailbox these days provides for a much reduced load of items, most of them in the way of advertising or charitable solicitations. The prospect of a shift from daily to more flexible delivery schedule may yet be a point of discussion as the volume and nature of home mail continues to change.

In fact, with many companies looking to migrate their customers to e billing, just receiving a bill in the mail could prove costly to the recipient. Something that probably will only result in less in the way of paper bills coming to your door in the old fashioned letter mail version.

Beyond the possibility of rural users finding their mail hauled to more central locations for sorting, the larger issues for Canada Post are quite daunting.

A recent report from the Conference Board of Canada provided for a talking point of sorts for Canada Post, which was quick to post its findings a part of the larger discussion on the future.

Seeking public comment through the Canada Post website.

It's an issue that the Postal union CUPW has raised flags over with its membership, launching a campaign for membership involvement in the debate.

Though considering the nature of the ongoing evolution of our methods of information delivery, trying to salvage the current model, may be a case of fighting a fight, that may have already been lost.

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