Canada Post is hurting economy
A bold statement I made in the headline - but unfortunately it is true - Canada Post is hurting our economy quite bad.
Here is why, including a example.
We are having a small business, shipping fine art prints, canvas gallery wraps, mouse pad with pictures etc. worldwide. We already stop shipping overseas as shipping costs are twice as expensive as the products. We still trying hard to ship at least to the US - but we even have to stop this now. Unfortunately we now have to outsource our printing to the US simply because they ship (even back to Canada) up to 70% cheaper then we can with Canada Post.
Why? Well, obviously Canada Post has not seen the problems of the crisis we are in and also obviously missed to see what happened to the oil price - IT DROPPED to about 40$ BUT Canada Post is still charging "Fuel Surcharges" and pretty extreme high ones too.
Feb 2 till March 1st 2009 they charge an extra charge for Express of !!! 8.25% !!! yes you read right 8.25%. BUT it gets better from here starting from March 2 till April 5th (I have those numbers from their website as of today Feb 25) to !!!9.25 !!!
How can Canada Post explain this? Not at all!
We are only a very small business and we live a little remote (which does not matters to the surcharges) so we don't have the options to go with another courier, but I know about other businesses which are forced to do the same - outsourcing to the US.
I hate to have Government involved in economy BUT something has to be done, otherwise we all wake up here in Canada and wonder why the resession is dragging us further down. I wonder if they are next for a bail out? Sure would make sense, nothing different from the big car companies
- companies don't deliver acceptable service
- they squeeze the last penny out of the consumers by price hikes (instead of smart management)
- they stop with customer service (not that it really existed before)
- go for our tax money via a bail out
The sad part is that at the end they get a bail out loan for EXTRAME BAD MANAGEMENT decisions.
Yes, we are frustrated because we have to go to another country to keep our business alive. Where is the government? Why they don't see those problems? This is simple economy 101, and the big consumer boycott with the gas prices last year has shown what happens if prices getting too high compared to other countries.
Government - PLEASE jump on the train and make CHANGES which are good for people NOT for individual managers!