Snail mail is set to get slower, after New Zealand Post
confirmed it had revised its target delivery for standard
At present, all standard post sent ''across town'' had a
target of being delivered by the next working day. However,
the state-owned enterprise, via a brief statement, said a
move to adjust this target followed the ''consolidation of
its mail processing network to create a viable configuration
for the future''.
''This consolidation means that the target of delivering
standard letters `across town' by the next working day is
From October 7, all standard letters will be delivered as per
their national delivery target of three working days.
Next-day delivery options for priority mail, such as
Fastpost, would still be available.
Earlier this year, NZ Post announced a major overhaul of mail
processing, including the loss of 73 jobs when the Dunedin
mail centre closes next year.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
the announcement was not unexpected, given recent changes.
''I am not surprised they have made that move but it is
obviously disappointing for those who expect timeliness
around that service.
''But, given where mail volumes have gone and businesses
increasingly shifting to other options for distribution of
information, I guess this is a consequence of seeing a
significant downturn in their business.''