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The requirements of delivery are what pushed the service into the community mailbox program and away from door-to-door delivery, a move that was expected to save about $400 million a year before the Trudeau government shelved the plan.Despite steady declines of between around four and eight per cent per year, lettermail still provides the bulk of Canada Post’s revenues. Last year transactional mail pulled in $2.9 billion to make up 45 per cent of revenue, down from $3.2 billion or 54 per cent in 2011. Advertising, or direct marketing mail, makes up the other main segment for the service at $1.1 billion in revenue last year.The strike, however, threatens its core business further, since companies have been using it to encourage more people to switch to digital, said Bird.They had enormous leverage in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s because the strike would cripple, literally cripple the economyMalcolm Bird, associate professor of political science, University of Winnipeg Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press Last year, parcel revenue came in at $2.1 billion, or about 33 per cent of Canada Post revenue, up from about $1.3 billion or 21 per cent of revenue in 2011.Parcel volume has climbed from about 143 million packages in 2011 to 242 million last year for an almost 70 per cent increase, as the service has also looked to increase convenience of the service with delivery lockers, self-service drop-offs, and same day delivery in Toronto and Montreal.In a 2016 annual report, Canada Post said it delivered nearly two thirds of online orders by Canadians.Lee said the service has been competitive, offering somewhat cheaper rates than private operators, but it’s been saddled with labour costs, a large pension obligation, and a culture slow to change.“Canada Post, which for over 200 years was a protected monopoly of the state, is dying before our eyes, but the culture hasn’t caught up,” he said.Pivoting has been hampered by difficult labour relations, pension obligations, as well as the structure of the service itself, said Malcolm Bird, associate professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg.Canada Post, which for over 200 years was a protected monopoly of the state, is dying before our eyes, but the culture hasn’t caught upIan Lee, associate professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business “They’ve got difficult labour relations, political interference in their operations, they’ve got to deliver mail to everywhere regardless of the cost, so there may be a few little advantages, but I suspect they would be far outweighed by their public service role.”A government discussion paper noted that labour costs are about 41 per cent higher than comparable businesses in the private sector.Canada Post has to deliver to every address in Canada, but the number of addresses are increasing while each customer is using the service less. Parcel deliveries is a way to offset some of its costly obligations, said Bird.“Canada Post, in raw political terms, it provides mail and package delivery services to rural and small town Canada, and the north, places where private companies provide limited service, if at all….this universal service obligation is at the absolute core of its political mandate.”Idle Canada Post trucks sit in the parking lot of the Saint-Laurent sorting facility in Montreal amid a rotating strike. TORONTO — The Canada Post of today that finds itself struggling through rotating strikes is a very different organization from the postal service that last saw labour disruptions.Back in 2011, as the company faced a labour dispute that led to its first loss in 17 years, then-CEO Deepak Chopra unveiled a plan to restructure the centuries-old institution to adapt to major structural changes brought on by the internet, including both a plunge in lettermail and a rise in packages.“Starting in 2007, letter volumes started to collapse like a stone,” said Ian Lee, an associate professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, who has studied the crown corporation.“That was their bread and butter, their core business, and their most profitable. Vastly, by far their most profitable product was lettermail. They charged lots of money, and it cost very little to deliver it.”Ottawa ready to order end to Canada Post strike if no deal within ‘next few days’Month-long backlog of undelivered mail piles up with no settlement to Canada Post strikes in sightCanada Post asks for halt to international shipments as parcel backlog growsBy 2011 the Canada Post Group of Companies, which includes subsidiary Purolator Holdings Ltd. and others, was handling about 10 billion pieces of mail a year for a 1.8-billion drop from 2007. Last year, total volume came in at 8.4 billion as the service has sustained a steady drop in its core business of transaction mail made of up letters, bills, statements, invoices and other paperwork that’s now gone digital.In response, the company switched emphasis to its parcel service, which for years had stood at a fairly stable level.But the transition hasn’t been easy, said Lee, since unlike lettermail, parcel services have stiff competition from major international players like UPS and Fedex.“People say, ok well great, you lost one product line, you get another product line. It’s not that simple…this is a very competitive space, there is no monopoly.”Still, a rapid rise in overall parcels being sent out to consumers has helped Canada Post record significant gains in the space.As lettermail declines, Canada Post has made significant gains in its parcel delivery service. “Every single company that still provides paper letters, paper bills to people, is trying to use these rotating strikes to make even more people go on to electronic bills and get rid of paper.”The rotating strike has also shown the waning necessity of the postal service, said Lee.“They had enormous leverage in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s because the strike would cripple, literally cripple the economy because it brought the payment system to its knees.”Today it is an inconvenience for small businesses and customers ordering online, but hardly critical, he said.“It’s a bit of an inconvenience, but it’s not the end of the world like it once was.” read more

first_imgA man feels the full force of Storm Doris, while high winds make it difficult for planes landing at airports across the UK.The unlucky man fell on his back after the wind blew him along the pavement in Merseyside.  @GranadaReports @Guesty22 sliding into those dms be like— Toby Dunne (@dunne_toby) February 23, 2017 @GranadaReports are you gerrard in disguise— Tøm (@ZlatOnPitch) February 23, 2017 @GranadaReports 😅 I know we shouldn’t laugh but so funny.— Paula Thompson (@PThompson1024) February 23, 2017 The Storm Doris weather bomb’s 100mph gusts and blizzard-like snow has wreaked havoc across the UK – here’s how the internet reacted.While a KLM plane was thrown around by wind and rain as it made its hazardous descent into Leeds Bradford Airport.As Doris hit, Peel Ports in Liverpool announced the city’s port had been closed due to “100mph gusts of wind”, PA reports. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The company said: “All operations are stood down for the safety of our employees, contractors and customers of the port.”Network Rail advised that “Storm Doris has caused significant disruption throughout the country”, with an enforced speed limit on some lines. “#StormDoris is literally blowing people off their feet in Merseyside,” ITV Granada Reports tweeted. Another woman in the background of the clip can be seen holding onto a railing for support as the man takes a tumble. How Twitter reacted last_img read more