Going Postal

Some weeks ago there was a notice by our mailbox at home saying that mail delivery might be cut back to only 3 days a week. At the time I was not surprised since we get most of our bills electronically and a good portion of the mail we actually get is a lot of junk.

I read here and there that the postal service is in trouble and losing money. I am not as close to all of that anymore since it has been a long time since I worked for a company that actually did direct mail. Not too far back I did do a project with some address standardization, but I had no direct contact with anything even remotely related to the USPS.

This week Daniel and I were discussing the mail taking a long time to deliver some important things and it all came back to me. If we do start getting less and less mail, the delivery service will slow down. I remember how in Colombia mail only comes once in a great while when you get an actual letter. Most bills were distributed by the companies own carriers.

This reminds me of how Japan Post is a pretty big private company now, but I have no clue if that has been a success or a failure. Now the news media outlets are all buzzing with “plans to save” the USPS. Also tomorrow the president is supposed to speak on his plan for job creation… but if the USPS fails, that is a lot of jobs, that is a lot of money, scary really.

I wish I had some insight to share here, but it is just me wondering what the mail will look like five years from now. Is the digital age killing more than just news papers and media like CDs and DvDs?

Netflix eventually ran blockbuster out of business, like blockbuster had done to the local video store. Robots are replacing people, maybe not the humanoid looking ones, but every time that you get something from a vending machine… well that machine replaced a human.

Our society is changing rapidly. It might feel that way because we are witnessing it as it unfolds, but this century things are changing at a staggering pace. I am very curious as to how the president is going to address the job creation thing, not just from the now perspective but also about the future… how are we going to retrain the country and also the world to move into the digital age. Its not that it is coming anymore, it is here.

2 Responses to Going Postal

  1. It won’t be long before the AI take over and try to wipe out mankind. They should totally make a TV show about that!

  2. Well… all I can think of is, I hope nobody can replace me, as a person.
    The rest, I agree, is scary.

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