Fast food home delivery is tried out as number of letters sent in New Zealand halves in a decade
The New Zealand postal service has begun delivering Kentucky Fried Chicken in a bid to stem major revenue losses as the number of people using the postal service continue to plummet.
NZ Post and the fast food company have joined forces in a pilot scheme in the North Island port city of Tauranga, with KFC contracting NZ Post to handle the logistics of its new home delivery service.
Mike Stewart, a spokesman for NZ Post, said the company was grappling with how to survive long-term, when every week Kiwis sent a million fewer letters than the week before.
In the last decade the number of letters sent in New Zealand has halved. In an attempt to stem the losses, the price of sending a medium-size letter by FastPost is scheduled to rise by NZ$0.50c in July from NZ$1.80 to $2.30.
Postal delivery in many rural areas of New Zealand has also been reduced from six days to five.
“All post offices around the world are struggling with what to do when mail disappears, we want to survive for another 100 years but we urgently need to diversify our business,” said Stewart.