26 April 2006
Banish the Post Office queue
I've come up with a solution to queuing for those of us with simple things to do such as post a letter or parcel, it's called weigh and pay and it's done by a machine.
- You place your letter or parcel on a set of scales to weigh it.
- You then indicate where you are sending it.
- You are then automatically given a list of postage options and expected delivery dates and choose one.
- You then pay for the postage, via an electronic payment method
- The stamps or postage vouchers are automatically printed
So simple, why has no-one thought of this before? It would create an express queue for people wanting to do simple things and the post office needn't even be open - ideal for post offices in supermarkets where the supermarket is open and the post office is closed.
The machine to do this is similar to the one you can use to buy train tickets with - select destination, available fare and payment method except the post office one has a set of scales built in. It isn't much different to the in-house systems available to businesses, so why is the post office so reluctant to make it available to the public and save the public's time?
There you go, I've just saved people worldwide millions of hours of time standing in queues. contact me if you want to send a donation...
Don't remember the last time I had to stand in a queue in the PO because of this.
Your system has no verfication and is open to abuse. I would assume that is why it is not in place already.
Here it is.
So much for the "that'll never work" comments above.