US Postal Service Shuts Down Internet Post Office
from the they-had-one? dept
Did you know that the US Postal Service offered an "internet post office" called NetPost? They called it an experiment in "hybrid" mail. Senders would send a document electronically, which would be delivered to a printing location physically near the final destination. The documents would then be printed out and delivered via snail mail. I vaguely remember hearing about this when it first started, but promptly forgot all about it. So did just about everyone else, apparently. The Post Office has announced that they won't be renewing the service. They won't say why, but there's a good chance it has something to do with the fact that most people don't see the benefit. About the only real benefit is for the Post Office itself, who wouldn't have to ship the mail over long distances. However, for most people, if they're going to use that, they might as well just send the mailing completely electronically to its destination.