What’s mail?

Spfahey writes:
Alexis Madrigal wrote an article on TheAtlantic .com this week which talked about an idea I have all been thinking about usually when I get home and mail from all over the country has been conveniently placed in my mailbox. Even when I was young, I thought it was incredible that a man would come to my house and pick up a letter from me, and deliver it a few states away to my grandmother’s door, and for just 25 cents at the time. Even at 45 cents, that still seems like an incredible deal. 
The post office has been able to respond to various problems throughout history, but how will it deal with a decline in mailings? In 2007 after many years of consistent increased mailings, the amount of mail volume dropped. Even as volume decreases, people still expect that they have the right to have their mail delivered to their home. 
Mail may be something that many people take for granted, but something drastic will likely need to happen for us to keep receiving mail the way that we are used to. 
Is there a revolutionary idea around the corner to make sure that mail service as we know it doesn’t stop, or will the system need to change entirely?

About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.


  1. We already use other means of communication inplace of mail delivery. They just have to downsize like everyone else to keep expenses down. Perhaps cut down on one day a week for delivery or hire people collecting unemployment to sort mail.

  2. I do not believe we can expect the mail delivery service to remain the same as we knew it a decade ago; but, at the same time we cannot take this service for granted or the overall effects of allowing USPS to go under. What about the "too big to fail" concept in this regards? Think of the approx 803,300 employees whose jobs will be on the line if something drastic isn't done. While I do not think there is a revolutionary idea around the corner to make sure that mail service as we know it doesn't stop, I believe that a major restructuring (downsizing all levels of management), tech upgrades, re-branding, and changing the mail-delivery service to incorporate a mail-from home service may help. I say give the mailmen/mailwomen palm pilots like the UPS and FedEx guys; you schedule a pick; they show up and pick up, and Walla! You're done.I will personally use USPS, if I did not have to go to the post office to mail stuff.

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