. . .The last decade has seen an unprecedented drop in mail volumes. There was 24 percent less mail (265 million fewer items) posted in 2012 than a decade before in 2002. Within five years mail volumes are forecast to decline further, to just over 600 million items – in other words, just 50 percent of the mail volume in 2002. . .
Reduced charges for toll calls and electronic communication and banking have significantly reduced the need for snail mail.
My mother used to spend Sunday evening writing letters to family and friends. I resort to letters or cards I have to post on a very few special occasions in a year.
We still get and pay some bills by mail but most of our invoices and payments are received and sent on-line.
We do though get our newspaper with the mail and if it doesn’t come daily we’ll have to find another delivery service or make do with the digital edition.
When NZ Post started charging rural box holders some years ago companies which wanted junk mail delivered forced them to drop the fee to increase their market.
They might be the ones most affected by a reduction in deliveries.
Junk mail usually goes straight to the bin in our house, it would be even less likely to be read if more came at once because it was delivered less often.