“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…”

We know these things won’t stop the mailman from delivering our daily mail, but what about the recent financial crisis and the availability of digital resources?

The U.S. Postal Service has been in operation for the past 238 years, but its future is looking bleak.   The institution is losing $25 million every single day, which could potentially lead to the end of daily mail delivery within the year.

The Los Angeles Times just published an article outlining the Postal Service’s recent decline.  Last year alone, the Postal Service lost $15.9 billion and reached its borrowing limit with the federal Treasury.  Since it no longer has the financial support of the Treasury, the Postal Service has tried to implement various reforms to increase savings, but to no avail.

Postal officials have suggested ending Saturday delivery, replacing doorstep delivery with curbside delivery, and closing rural post offices, all without congressional support.  The changes that have been put into effect, including staff reductions and mail facility consolidations, have not compensated for the revenue decline.  Based on the current trends, the decline is only expected to continue into the future.  According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office, mail volume is only at three-fourths of what it was in 2006.

What is causing these changes in mail delivery?

The reality of the situation is that Americans are moving towards a paperless culture.  They email instead of write letters, read their news sources online, and opt for online bill pay.

Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live says, “The very idea of the letter is becoming rapidly extinct.  With the shift of marketing dollars from paper to digital, at the same time with the growth of parcel delivery (by private firms), we’re going to see continuous disruption.  That changes everything about the postal service.”

Magic-EnvelopeSo what are you to do if the U.S. Postal Service collapses?

That’s where we come in!

While our Magic Envelopes are a great resource for completely eliminating paper clutter, our digital submission options are great when considering this shift away from physical mail delivery services.

The Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker for iPhone, iPad, and Android allows users to easily snap pictures of and upload receipts to their Shoeboxed account.  This way you have complete digital access to all of your receipts with the click of a button.  Shoeboxed users can also forward documents already on their computer to receipts@shoeboxed.com, as well as clip and submit receipts from any browser using our Shoeboxed Web Clipper.  With these digital tools, we don’t even see the need for paper transfer!

Imagine how these paperless options could be the new mail delivery, especially if partnered with resources like Dropbox that allow for the easy transfer of digital files from person to person.

If the Postal Service as we know it does end, Shoeboxed and digital resources will be a great digital sharing replacement.

Can you imagine a world without mail delivery? Are you looking forward to a more paperless world? Let us know in the comments!