It may taste peculiar, it may have a satisfying rip-and-stick
function or it may need a bit of sticky tape to hold it down, but when
you post a letter you seal the envelope — right?
Actually no, a surprising number of people refuse to seal their
envelopes leading to a significant chunk of mail going astray. This
strange habit may stem from when it was cheaper to send unsealed
envelopes, when what could and couldn’t be sent were observed by
‘checkers’; sealed envelopes were surcharged.
But this way of charging for postage was abolished in 1969
and, if this old habit was the reason unsealed mail continues, surely as
new mail users came along who didn’t remember those days the practice
would die out?
New research has delved into this strange world to find out
why people don’t lick and stick, revealing a range of bizarre
justifications. Some people don’t seal to show there’s nothing of value
in their letter while another group thinks they’re taking advantage of a
(non-existent) loop hole whereby unsealed second class post goes first
class. Others say they want to avoid any calories included in the
Whatever the reason, failing to seal your envelope massively
magnifies the chances that something will go wrong with your delivery.
Quirky inconsistency puts a successful result in jeopardy.
At Eurest, we believe in consistency as a way of guaranteeing right-each-time delivery.
We know that consistency in every aspect of your meal
experience is crucial to your enjoyment and we also don’t leave
delivering our services every day to a consistently high standard to
chance. We’ve crafted every aspect of our operational excellence
strategy to make sure you’re satisfied; we put processes in place to
make sure every metaphorical envelope is sealed.
BBC News Magazine (2013) ‘Why do some people refuse to seal envelopes?’ BBC News Magazine 8 January 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25549394 (Accessed 13 January 2014).