Listened on France info, a public news radio, this morning (temporary link): starting 1st October 2008, the postal rates of La Poste for parcels sent by firms will change depending on the oil price.
The uprising cost of hydrocarbures has already been one of the official causes of the lattest rise of postal rates in many countries.
I try an amateur hypothesis: will the next major postal operator in France be the one who will adopt his transport capacity to means that consume less non renewable energies?
In the case of French parcels, it will depend on the reactions of:
* the client firms who are using the former monopoly's services by choice or by custom;
* the transport policy of the competiting operators on this parcel market;
* ... and the choice of consumers, an old motto of mine.