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Canada Post to stop home delivery of mail

Mark Fletcher
April 14th, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Guardian is reporting that Canada Post is to stop delivery of mail to homes and many businesses. Instead, community collectuon points will be used. Canada is the first G20 country to make such a move.

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  • 1 Brett // Apr 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Post Office cant afford to home deliver for 70c eh? What do we get paid for papers again?

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  • 2 Paul // Apr 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Actually the community collection point isn’t a first. There are already similar postal delivery points within Australia used to service some of the outlying newer suburbs in the major capital cities.

    Brett a single “local” stamp in Canada is $1 Canadian or $1.02 Australian so if they can’t deliver them for $1.02 with a population base of 10 million more people than us what chance do we have at $70c ?

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  • 3 Jenny // Apr 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    We live in a small village pop 250 so our mail has to be picked up at the village store. This works well for us, just pick it up whenever it suits (weekends included), it’s another source of income for the store plus it’s a meeting place for those living on larger properties to see their neighbours.
    Certainly don’t miss the letterbox full of junk mail and spiders!
    To do this now in new suburbs makes sense, brings a sense of community back to the suburbs, something I think we have slowly lost.
    With less mail now due to email and online blils and bank statements maybe Australia Post should just deliver 2 days a week.

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  • 4 Jarryd Moore // Apr 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    The move in Canada is more political than commercial. There is much speculation that the decision is the first step towards privitisation.

    Central collection points have no hope of working on a large scale. Convenience is the name of the modern service game and this move goes directly against that trend.

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  • 5 KMc // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    If you look at emerging markets their approach to customer service is evolving towards a home delivery model, on almost everything, fast food, groceries, papers and even post. In the UAE they have just announced an address system (based on individual geo codes) so that they can commence an address specific mail service. The Canada scenario is probably due to a strong rural lobby which is dragging back the city dwellers from having anything that is too expensive or impractical to also emulate in the rural areas (a bit like Australia, maybe ?)

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  • 6 Mark Fletcher // Apr 16, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    The move also fits with global changes to post. In the EU, for example, mail delivery is mainly privatised and therefore run on more commercial grounds.

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