I was going to write a letter . . .

We’d had a wonderful day visiting a farm in North Canterbury and I had good intentions of writing a thank you note.

A real one, on a card or pretty paper. One that requires an envelope.

I had just the right card which I knew would amuse our hosts:

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But that would have required finding their address and a stamp and remembering to post it so I sent an email instead.

I love getting real mail and take pleasure in sending it but it’s just so much easier to send an electronic message and that’s no doubt one of the reasons behind the expected redundancies at NZ Post:

Annual mail volumes for NZ Post, a state-owned enterprise, have fallen about 30 million from a billion items.

Mr Fenton was reported to have given a state-of-the-business briefing, saying the decline in mail volume was “unprecedented”, with revenue down and costs rising.

It’s not only thank you notes and other personal messages which aren’t going by snail mail. The number of invoices and cheques we send and receive by post has declined markedly as bills are sent and paid electronically.

Just as jobs for horse breakers and farriers were lost when cars replaced horses, fewer people are needed to deal with the post now so much more correspondence and business is conducted via the internet.

4 Responses to I was going to write a letter . . .

  1. Ian says:

    While some of the reduction is due to electronic commerce, a substatntial proportion of the reduction can be traced back to a new compliance regime introduced by NZ Post. Their new addressing certificate of accuracy compliance increased costs to bulk mailing companies and large scale mailers (who can make up around 70% of the national mail vols). the audit and on going compliance costs has driven these large and mid scale mail companies inot electronic mail – its not just a pull there was a concerted push

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  2. Inventory2 says:

    When I pay the monthly accounts now, I reckon that less than 105 of our creditors get cheques. Almost everyone puts their bank details on their statements, and I can do what might have taken an hour or two previously in about 15 minutes, at far less cost. We changed banks in May last year, and so far, I’ve written less than 80 cheques in that time.

    And guess who the majority of thge cheques are for? The PostShop, who won’t take our credit card!

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  3. Deborah says:

    I still write thank you notes, most times, ‘though if I’m pushed, it will be an e-mail instead. There’s something pleasant about getting a card or a note. I try to keep a supply of small cards on hand for just this purpose. Though of course, every now and then all my good intentions about writing and sending notes just go completely out the window…

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  4. homepaddock says:

    Deborah – I’m impressed you mostly write notes because although I have a desk draw more than half full of cards for every conceivable person and event, bought when I see them so they are then when required, I still don’t get round to sending one as often as I should.

    While any acknowledgement is appreciated, there is something special about a card or note and my mother had a gift for writing them which I will try harder to emulate in future.

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