Friday, December 07, 2007

What To Do With The Post Offices?

This is the second part in a series of articles about what to do with failing institutions/businesses. My first part about the Church of England received much scepticism even though the ideas are sound and absolutely correct. This second part looks into the problem of the post offices because many post offices face closure.

There are two sides to the debate on the post offices, on the one hand many people rely on the local post office and want to keep them however the Royal Mail have to run the post offices like a business and not an OAP social club. So I have come up with a solution which will hopefully make Royal Mail profit and allow the post offices to stay open.

My strategy is to diversify the range of services a post office will provide. For example the easiest way of doing this is to turn the post office into a newsagent as well, so not only does the post office provide the standard mail services, it can also sell you the lottery or a newspaper. But the post office does not have to be a newsagent as well, it could also be a takeaway restaurant so while you are waiting for your Chinese you could buy your stamps; or what about turning the post office into a sex shop because that way the post office may attract new customers as well as retaining the regulars.

Although these ideas alone will not be able to stabilise a failing post office and that is why the whole post office system must adopt two measures which have been designed to drag the system into the 21st Century. The first measure is to create 24 hour post offices this is because we live in a market orientated world and by the time most people have finished work the post office has already closed.

The second measure is to allow rival postal services to set up business in Britain and this would be beneficial to the post office and Royal Mail in general because it will force the post office/Royal Mail to cut costs and deliver a better service in order to keep its customers. I believe that with these ideas and measures the post offices will survive and make Royal Mail a profit.

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