Postal Facts - U.S. Postal Service
The Postal Service is always striving to increase the impact, excitement and value of mail. We’ve always embraced new technologies and innovation. We’re firmly focused on improving the mailing experience.
People, machines, vehicles, technology — it’s an impressive feat to get that card from grandma or that package from your favorite online store to your doorstep.
Vehicle Service Operations
Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) operations includes more than 10,000 uniformed motor vehicle and tractor trailer operators. The PVS fleet includes 2,202 cargo vans, 1,880 tractors and nearly 3,200 trailers. Commuting within a 170-mile radius of their facility, PVS drivers traveled more than 167 million miles last year.
The Enhanced Package Processing System (EPPS) sorts 25,000 packages per hour.
delivery unit sorter
The Automated Delivery Unit Sorter (ADUS) automates the sorting of smaller packages - up to 30 pounds - at a rate of 3,400 pieces per hour with a sort accuracy of 99.95 percent.
Link, a daily news site for Postal Service employees, is available on any computer with internet access. The content is produced by a team of writers and editors based at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. Additional contributions come from postal employees across the nation.
The site is updated with new articles, photos, graphics and videos each weekday.
This service solves the ever-increasing problem of customers conducting business online and not being able to print shipping labels.
6 M pounds
of mail fly each day
The Postal Service uses 140 domestic airports to fly six million pounds of mail each day.
International Mail revenue
International Mail is a $1.7 billion business for the Postal Service.
miles driven in 2022
To move mail using surface transportation, the Postal Service drove more than 1.8 billion miles in 2022 — driving more than 24.5 million trips in more than 25,000 box trucks and tractor-trailers daily.
external email messages
In 2022, the Postal Service email gateway system delivered more than 10.7 billion external email messages to postal customers and business partners. Roughly 90 percent of these were automated messages from Informed Delivery. The Postal Service also delivered 150 million notification emails related to COVID-19 test kits.
emails blocked monthly
Roughly 25 million emails received from external senders were blocked monthly in 2022 to ensure the safety of the Postal network and email users.
The Postal Service has 110 petabytes of storage capacity — equivalent to playing more than 244,000 years of songs on an MP3 player, with no repeats.
The Postal Service uses data not only to ensure its operations run smoothly, but also to help businesses make better use of the mail. Its mission is to provide the right information to the right people in real time using advanced technology.
The Postal Service uses a vast network of people and advanced technologies to collect, process, transport and accurately deliver the nation’s mail in an increasingly digital world.
Patently the best. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued more than 500 patents to the United States Postal Service.
Leaving a mark! The Postal Service has 385 domestic and 1,000 foreign trademark registrations.
Master of our domains. The Postal Service owns 1,958 internet domains.
Seamless mail pieces
The Seamless Acceptance program automates the payment verification of commercial mailings by leveraging electronic documentation (eDoc), Intelligent Mail barcodes and information collected from both handheld sampling devices and mail processing equipment scans. In 2022, the Seamless Acceptance program accepted 85.8 billion mail pieces from 2,174 mailers.
The eInduction process simplifies mail induction by using eDoc, Intelligent Mail container barcodes and handheld scanner technologies to verify the payment and preparation of commercial mail containers. In 2022, 1,026 mailers took advantage of eInduction.
The Enterprise Payment System (EPS) allows customers to pay for and manage their use of Postal Service products and services online, using an integrated single payment account. In 2022, EPS collected $42.2 billion in revenue, which is a 53 percent increase over 2021.
The Electronic Verification System (eVS) allows high-volume package mailers and package consolidators to document and pay for postage, including extra service fees, using electronic manifest files. In 2022, eVS processed 4.8 billion packages from 3,911 customers and collected $15.4 billion in revenue.
in short-paid revenue
The Automated Package Verification (APV) program automates the detection and collection of postage due for mail pieces with insufficient postage using automated package processing equipment. The APV program collected $131.2 million in short-paid revenue in 2022.
In 2022, the Postal Service released several stamps that highlighted new and different stamp printing technologies.
The daily operations performed by the Postal Service depend on an astonishing network of people and technologies that collect, transport, process and deliver the nation’s mail.
Tray sorting machines sort more than 10 million trays per day through conveyor systems.
of processing equipment
The Postal Service operates more than 8,500 pieces of automated equipment that processes and sorts nearly half the world’s mail.
Mobile Delivery Devices
Mobile Delivery Devices (MDDs) provide real-time scanning for daily delivery operations. There are more than 285,000 MDDs in use nationwide.
The Postal Service maintains 48,700 point-of-sale terminals and 2,788 self-service retail kiosks. Retail Systems Software (point-of-sale software) is used to serve customers and their mailing and shipping needs at approximately 20,253 locations. This includes business partners, full window service and military.
corporate emails daily
With one of the largest corporate email systems, in 2022, the Postal Service handled more than 6.5 million legitimate emails a day delivered to more than 185,000 email accounts.
Out of this world! A postage stamp was inside the New Horizons spacecraft that made a flyby of Pluto in July 2015. That's the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp - more than 3 billion miles. So noted by the Guinness World Records.
USPS and mailers
Postal Customer Councils (PCCs). These Postal Service-affiliated networks connect business mailers with local Post Office leadership to develop more effective and profitable mailings through training and information sharing. Since the 1960s, PCCs have been the go-to local resource for helping mailers learn, innovate and build their business. More information can be found at postalpro.usps.com/pcc.
providing technical advice
Postmaster General’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC).
Representing select mailing associations, this group works to enhance the value of mail by providing technical advice and recommendations to the Postal Service. More information can be found at postalpro.usps.com/mtac.
stamps postmarked per hour
The Advanced Facer Canceller System positions letter mail and postmarks stamps at 36,000 pieces per hour.
The Postal Service is one of the largest material-handling systems in the world for moving mail. There are more than 200 miles of conveyors within postal facilities.
The Postal Service is the world leader in optical character recognition technology, with machines reading nearly 98 percent of all hand-addressed letters and 99.5 percent of machine-printed mail.
A unique Intelligent Mail barcode identifies individual pieces of mail, trays, sacks and containers to track them through the postal processing system from induction to delivery.
more than $4B in revenue
Every Door Direct Mail - EDDM - is an online service that uses demographic data to help business mailers target their marketing mail pieces to customers in a select neighborhood, city or ZIP Code. Since 2011, EDDM has resulted in more than 30 billion pieces of mail and $4.3 billion in revenue.
Informed Delivery Customers
With Informed Delivery service, you can digitally preview your incoming mail and manage your packages from a computer, tablet or mobile device. More than 52 million customers have enrolled since it was launched in 2017.
Our communications network supports and maintains more than 97,650 desktop computers, 86,460 notebook computers, 45,320 printers, 25,590 smartphones, 125,630 phone lines and 443,700 handheld scanners.
The Postal Service has the largest gantry robotic fleet in the world using 165 robotics systems to move 300,000 mail trays per day.
The Eagle Logo, the trade dress of USPS packaging, the Letter Carrier Uniform and the Postal Truck and the following marks are among the many trademarks owned by the United States Postal Service: Click-N-Ship®, Deliver The Win®, EDDM®, ePostage®, Every Door Direct Mail®, Express Mail®, First-Class™, First-Class Mail®, First-Class Package International Service®, Forever®, Global Express Guaranteed®, IMb®, Informed Delivery®, Intelligent Mail®, Label Broker™, Parcel Select®, P.O. Box™, Post Office®, Pony Express®, Postal Inspection Service™, PostalOne!®, Postal Police®, #PostalProud®, Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail Flat Rate®, Priority Mail International®, Priority: You®, Registered Mail™, Standard Mail®, The Postal Store®, United States Postal Inspection Service®, United States Postal Service®, U.S. Mail®, U.S. Postal Inspector™, U.S. Postal Service®, USPS®, USPS BlueEarth®, USPS Mobile®, USPS Operation Santa®, USPS Tracking®, usps.com®, We are people delivering to people™, ZIP+4® and ZIP Code™. This is not a comprehensive list of all Postal Service trademarks.
Dollar General®, Forest Stewardship Council®, How2Recycle®, McDonald’s®, National Dog Bite Prevention Week®, Starbucks®, Subway®, Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, The Climate Registry®, Vans®.
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