Fast food home delivery is tried out as number of letters mailed in New Zealand halves in a decade
The New Zealand postal services has begun delivering Kentucky Fried Chicken in a bid to stem major revenue loss as the number of people applying the postal services continue to plummet.
NZ Post and the fast food company have joined armies in a pilot scheme in the North Island port city of Tauranga, with KFC contracting NZ Post to manage 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 each week Kiwis mailed thousands and thousands of fewer letters than the week before.
In the last decade the number of letters mailed 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 $0.50 c in July from NZ $1.80 to $2.30.
Postal delivery in many rural parts of New Zealand has also been reduced from six periods to five.
All post offices around the world are struggling with what to do when mail vanishes, we want to survive for another 100 times but we urgently need to diversify our business, mentioned Stewart.
People crave their goods on-demand delivered to their home in 30 -6 0 minutes, that seems to be where “the worlds” is going. So weve been experimenting with being the delivery service for the health sector, the construction sector and specially hospitality it is an exciting time for us.
NZ Post has so far recruited 30 delivery drivers for the KFC Tauranga pilot. While NZ Posties are welcome to apply for the extra evening shifts, at this stage most of the new drivers were students or retirees, mentioned Stewart, who would be using their own transportation and smartphones to co-ordinate deliveries.
Using NZ posties and vans for deliveries in the future was not out of the question mentioned Stewart.
Tauranga is the second New Zealand city to be offered home-delivered KFC, with the company planning to roll out the service across about half of New Zealand.