New Technological Options in the Postal System
The postal service has been present already for hundreds of years and is in fact an established institution which became something essential in society. However, this kind of institution is now under threat because of the fact that digital technology greatly reduced the need for people in sending communications through using this kind of mailing service. For this reason, it has made this simple art of sending letters starting to diminish year after year.
For such institution to be able to maintain its service, it should consider undergoing some changes for its future. It’s almost impossible to work against the new innovations of today, so it is in search for ways on how it could use it for its advantage. Below are some of the opportunities which are available and are being considered by some mailing service for it to maintain and create a brighter future.
Online Selling and Buying
With the constant declining process of the letter, there then comes the rise of parcels. There are more and more people nowadays who are making purchases online and the items that they have bought needs to be delivered. This in fact is a big opportunity for mailing services and it is also considered as the future of mailing services. However, making this switch from letter to parcels are far from simple and it is also being partnered with the demands of fast delivery. Below are two of the things on how technology is able to help mailers to be able to adapt.
There have been different reports of various delivery services that are testing deliveries through the use of drones. Drones could deliver mail fast through air and are also effective in getting mail to locations which can be difficult to reach through land. Areas that have rough terrains or perhaps is surrounded by water could gain benefit from using drone delivery services.
However, this kind of technology is not widely used yet, but testing procedures have shown good results and big names are already conducting their own trials. It’s also not impossible that such option will be widely used by mail delivery services in the future.
New Sorting Machines
Standard sorting machines actually were just designed for letters, but with the increased volumes of parcels, it has changed its goal posts. In the US, there are now new sorting machines that are being tested that is able to sort more than 6,000 packages in just an hour.
Though technological advances today bought new challenges on postal services globally, it is actually true that we still need deliveries and we still rely in having good infrastructure.
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