Posti to combine mail, magazine, newspaper and ad deliveries

Finnish Posti is to move its letters, magazines and advertisement mail delivery to morning delivery along with newspapers in four towns as a pilot.

Two thirds of Finns have indicated support of the move that will result in them receiving mail in the morning instead of afternoon as has been the case for many years.

The move has come as mail volumes have declined and there is not enough mail for two separate delivery networks.

“In the 2000s, the number of letters reduced by over 60% because of digital communications, and the coronavirus crisis is accelerating the decline of printed mail even further. The volume of letter mail delivered by Posti decreased a record-breaking 24% in April-June from the corresponding period in 2019,” said Yrjo Eskola, senior vice president, postal services, at Posti.

The aim of the pilot is to drive efficiencies into the delivery operation and to save costs. The two separate delivery networks would be unprofitable in the coming years thanks to delivery volumes falling significantly. The postal operator receives no public funding.

Eskola continued, “This plan is about moving the letters and magazines delivered in the daytime to be delivered in the early-morning delivery together with newspapers. By combining the deliveries, we will ensure that our deliverers have enough mail to carry despite the drastically declined volumes of printed mail. This will keep the delivery cost of individual items at an affordable level. This is essential for both media corporations and magazine and newspaper subscribers.”