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Final Note

Finland is saving their postal service, one lawn at a time

Kai Ryssdal Apr 29, 2016
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Final Note

Finland is saving their postal service, one lawn at a time

Kai Ryssdal Apr 29, 2016
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A possible strategy change for the financially strapped United States Postal Service.

The USPS is in some trouble, as you may have heard. Billions in deficits every year more billions in pension liabilities.

The Finnish post office is in the red, too, and has a plan. Posti, as the Finnish postal service is called, will start mowing customers’ lawns starting next month.

They’ll do it between May and August —Tuesday only — because that’s when actual mail volume is the lowest.

As little as 65 Euro (about $75 dollars) a month.

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