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Can we eliminate the US Post Office? (or, Is the world ready to go digital?)

March 7, 2009

In today’s issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times, there was an article about a new company that is hoping to change the way we receive our snail mail:  Zumbox.  My first thought was: why didn’t someone think of this sooner?  My second thought was: holy cow, I hope this works!

Here’s the dish:  Zumbox (which is in beta right now), delivers paperless mail online – from street address to street address. What used to only be sent as paper mail can now be sent without the paper.  How?  They’ve created a nationwide paperless postal system with a Zumbox for every street address in the United States, including yours. It’s kind of like e-mail, but not really.  For more on how it works, click here.

Did You Know?
If all U.S. households received and paid their bills electronically, the country would save 16.5 million trees annually. That’s the amount of lumber needed for 216,054 single-family homes.

Okay, so as someone who is both GREEN and in Marketing, I love this idea.  It means I can send marketing pieces digitally (cheaper and greener) directly to folks in certain geographic areas.  This saves a ton of money AND eliminates the need to cut down trees.  Two things that I totally love.

What do you think?  Are you ready to get your mail delivered digitally?


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  1. March 7, 2009 10:12 pm

    I have a good friend who works for the post office as a fill-in. He would like it to be a full time job, and I have a feeling that he would be more than distressed to think of his job being totally eliminated. It’s one thing to go green, but we can’t totally discount the thousands of lives that would be affected, especially in these days were so many are losing their jobs already.

    Another thought that comes to mind: email is not perfect and many pieces get lost in the ether (just like in the USPS!) and there are still people who don’t regularly check their email. I already do most of my business through email, but some things just need to be sent in hard copy. As a handwriting expert, I prefer to see real signatures–when they’re sent digitally, there is no proof that they weren’t forged by scanning.

    I’m not ready to give up the postal mail yet.

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