THE POST OFFICE ISN’T DEAD – IT’S JUST BEEN REINVENTED!
They're becoming high-tech 3D print shops
Five years ago everyone was predicting the collapse of postal services from Argentina to Zimbabwe. After all, the use of ‘snailmail’ had dwindled to a trickle and postal services were incurring massive losses.
So who would have believed a bold leap by PostPrint, the newly-renamed postal service of Holland, would change that future?
Lead by the Dutch example, postal services all over the world are running 3D printing centers in their ‘post offices’, backed by high-speed local delivery of the goods people order online.
“We realized our core strengths were a nation-wide branch network, high public trust and excellent local logistics – we have postal vans running all over the country,” says PostPrint CEO Joost de Boer.
“So we’ve turned every old post office into a high-tech 3D printing shop where we rapidly produce pretty much whatever people order – and then we deliver the finished product, often with two hours.”
More than 20% of retail products, from kitchen appliances to shoes and smartphones, are now made through ‘additive manufacturing’ or 3D printing as it is commonly known. PostPrint were quick off the mark in recognizing this trend. Now their example is being followed all over the world – breathing new life into what was a dying business.
“What FutureWorld told us is true,” says De Boer. “If you understand the future, you can design and create the future you want!”
Links to related stories
- Does the Post Office have a future? - Outside the Beltway, 5 December 2011
- The Future of Post Offices - Top Trends, 25 July 2011
- MindBullet: PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING (Dateline: 17 June 2012, Published: 10 June 2004)
- MindBullet: YOUR LATEST GADGET HAS ARRIVED - BY EMAIL (Dateline: 5 January 2012, Published: 02 February 2006)
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