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?