Chicken run: New Zealand Post will start delivering KFC to beat mail slump

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.

KFC

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.

Chicken run: New Zealand Post will start delivering KFC to beat mail slump

6 thoughts on “Chicken run: New Zealand Post will start delivering KFC to beat mail slump

  1. in 20 years there will be no post office…..forget KFC…..the postal employees will eat it before they get to the customers door. mismanagement will replace their bonus by stealing the tips! just a long slide down into bankruptcy.

  2. Don’t try it here. The toolbags will eat all the profits. Take the drumstick
    and stick it in the mashed then in the gravy then back in the mashed.
    Toolbag heaven

  3. How about any business along the carriers postal route the mailman can pick up for them (he’s going by their home anyways) for a fee, pick it up. Provided the business is open prior to pickup, if not, then its next day. The fee must be paid prior to pickup by calling the local post office, and the business. It would save the customer time. How about the prescriptions at local pharmacies along the route? Tamper resistant. The Rx could have it ready for the postman ?? well, ok, home delivery is an option, it makes a bit more sense the KFC. I do wonder what would happen when the post office runs out of delivery options and mail declines to snail pace.

  4. on a lighter note. here in America USPS has the spot on TV with the different LLV’s
    with different business names on the sides of each vehicle. If they get in need of
    more work they can convert some of their vehicles to start delivering lunch or
    delivering food. A new day, another wild business idea.

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