There was a time some 10 years back when letters took anything between 3 to 6 days to reach its destination within our country. Courier companies then stepped in to fill the need for people to send their postal material quicker. People were excited as the mail reached its destination within 24 hours, though at a high price. So, usually people resorted to this route for urgent needs.
Then, the government woke up. Speed Post was born. It is as good as private courier companies. If not better. And often much more reliable, too. But now many (especially banks and other private companies) have switched to the private courier companies to send their regular communications. I suspect some arrangement with courier companies.
And, this is giving us a huge problem. The postman knows all the houses like the back of his hand. But not so the courier company delivery boy. Result: many letters routed through courier companies return undelivered. For example: Credit Card statement from banks, letters from insurance companies, magazines which are being subscribed etc etc.
A delivery boy himself complained, "Out of 12 articles with me in this area, in the last three hours yours is just the third one that I have manage to deliver. It's so difficult to locate the houses. Many addresses have no phone number. And, even if the number is there, who will compensate me for makng those phone calls to locate the house?"
Any similar experience for you?
Why not rely on the more trusted and reliable Postal department? Not only it has such a huge network, it is now a much better organised establishment.
Not everything that is government is bad. Everything that is private is not good either.