I even made a 20 second video to bring further clarity to my answer on the looming Canada Post strike.
There is not a single bill which cannot be paid by credit card over the phone, Internet or at the mall. You have to leave your house anyway to mail the letter so a little bit further to put it in a drop box is not a big deal. Heck, post date a few cheques, visit the mall, grab some NY Fries and make a day of it.
Ad mail – junk mail if you will (not George Lepp style of course) can be delivered via insert in local newspapers. Or via the ‘Net. Or…not at all really.
Other than Christmas cards, I do not use the mail for sending things. In fact, I know people in their late 20′s who have NEVER sent a letter.
Folks with wedding invitations – you do not have to mail…you just WANT to mail. Are you serious that there is someone on your list without Internet access? Save the money and the environment (go green!) and use a Facebook event or Evite.
If you are a business or online retailer who relies on Canada Post exclusively for your shipments then you are foolish. Think of it this way, you as an enterprising business person are giving over to the government the swift and efficient delivery of your goods and services. (wait for the horror to wash over you) Having only one distribution method is shortsighted. While a bit more expensive, there are other courier or delivery options. Possibly better ones too.
This is not a shot at the hard working men and women who deliver mail. This is a wake up call to you though. You are in a dying industry. Looking for wages and benefits which do not fit with the demand or need of your services is ridiculous.
The Internet along with social media has changed how we communicate. The postal union with outrageous demands will drive those not already using the Internet to do just that.
So to the postal union, thank you for moving forward the Internet and social media revolution while at the same time hopefully forcing your industry to become more competitive.
But let me ask you – is there something you do which must ONLY be handled by Canada Post? Or that they do better or cheaper than another service?