Postal service still delivering

At 162 years old the Barbados Postal Service continues to be useful with a dependable daily service to more 100,000 households across the island despite the onset of warp-speed Internet information and fast couriers.

Barbadians Tuesday night heard of the history of this vital service, from opening of the main post office in Lancaster Lane, Bridgetown and 10 branches throughout the parishes, the crucial role played in delivery of remittances from Panama creating an early 20th century social revolution, to the fact of its prolonged relevance today, as told by Professor Henry Fraser.

“There is a huge modern industry of couriers in little vans and jet planes. but in spite of competition from commercial delivery services our Barbados post can boast of door-to-door delivery to more than 60,000 households, and I believe when that estimate was made, it was conservative. There are probably 100,000 households in Barbados. Every day you see a new house or 10 new houses somewhere . . . .” he told an audience that included Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, in the courtyard of the Barbados Museum.

Postmaster General Jewel Brathwaite said while there were a lot of challenges because of “the proliferation of technological gadgets”, “the post has to move on”.

8 Responses to Postal service still delivering

  1. Pierre Thompson-Lewis
    Pierre Thompson-Lewis October 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

    This system need a complete over haul however; there are major re-purposing measure that can be made to make the service much more efficient.

  2. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch October 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Very dependable postal service and the staff at the parcel post is very business like and courteous.I have also to single out the West Terrace staff and to say that for the most part we can depend on our ever ready to help post men and ladies any part of Barbados.I do agree though that with the ever changing face of technology any measures that can make a difference and improve the system be looked at continually.

  3. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer October 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

    And s-l-o-w.

  4. Olive Sukul
    Olive Sukul October 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Have a b’day card on its way to my gran.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Great Service over the years lets keep it that way. HeKnows keep your hands at your side and your pen in your pocket.

  6. Bernard Walker
    Bernard Walker October 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    yeaa yeaa

  7. jr smith October 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    From the UK ,I had to contact the postal service in Barbados , was ever so impress, with the lady I spoke to , my problem was resolve within forty minutes. Wish the businesses in Barbados was as efficient as the postal service. Made me very proud to be a Bajan.
    But please clean the building.

  8. randy forde October 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

    jr smith u are so right that building needs a face lift, where is trowel plastic out of buisness? (Here in Canada).


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