http://postandparcel.info/46304/in-depth/responding-to-the-operational-challenge/ (external - login to view)
Since personal computers and wireless mobile devices became the part of the mainstream society post offices around the world started to shrink or has it?
Let’s consider that Internet access as the world is concerned is still in its infancy just because it costs a lot to have it. Here is more links and quotes
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_percentage_of_the_world's_population_own_a_co mputer (external - login to view)
“Do you mean own or have regular access to a computer? Computer ownership is now at about 4-5% of the world’s population. However with many social projects putting computers in villages in developing countries between 12-14% of the world’s population have access to a computer. Approx 3-5 % of the worlds population has internet access.”
http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm (external - login to view)
E-commerce has increased the packets and parcels the post office delivers and junk mail or advertising mail is more important just because of spam emails that computer programs are able to identify and delete before it gets to the customer.
Looks like the post office will be around for a while longer as long as it is willing to adapt to the ever changing demands of the clients.