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In Chicago, which supposedly has the worst mail delivery in the country, service is deteriorating. In our medical practice, we mail statements to patients. We routinely get 10% of them back, with a stamp "wrong address". When we call the patients and ask them for the correct address, we are informed that the address was correct in the first place. So, a 10% error rate. This is ridiculous.
The post-office needs to be reinvented.
Well, how to fix it ?
Why not just get rid of the letter/circular part of the post office, by making it entirely electronic, and outsource the package delivery function. In other words, do what netflix did to the DVD rental industry. Make it all electronic.
This would leave very little remaining for the post-office to do.
There would be no more stamps, no postage machines, and no mail delivery infrastructure.
Wit this plan, the post office could sell off its real-estate to pay its bills and pensions, and gracefully shut down, leaving behind service centers.
A great place for the scanners might be next to the Redbox's in Walgreens -- in downtown Chicago, we have a Walgreens on every street corner. Usually next to a Chase bank branch. (:
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