Election Mail

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ELECTION

MAIL

The U.S. Postal Service upholds its promise to deliver the nation’s Election Mail securely and on time, consistent with the organization’s non-partisan public service mission.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #941 | March 8, 2022

Election Mail consists of mail to or from election officials, including ballots, ballot applications, registration forms, and other items that enable citizens to participate in the voting process.

Top 13 Things: Global

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Delivers

46% of the world's mail

Global. The Postal Service processes and delivers 46 percent of the world’s mail and is constantly innovating to make customer experiences better.

* | Tags: Top facts USPS Fact #904 | March 1, 2022

Honoring service men and women

Honoring

service men and women

Honoring service men and women. The Postal Service proudly partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide burial flags to families of deceased veterans. In 2021, the Postal Service provided 452,000 flags.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #890 | February 28, 2022

24-hour unstaffed post office

24-hour

unstaffed Post Office

One of a kind. There is a 24-hour, unstaffed, self-service Post Office in Northern Virginia that allows customers to conduct most shipping and mailing transactions quickly and easily themselves. The Self-Service Post Office provides round-the-clock accessibility to PO Boxes, as well as self-service kiosks and an automated package drop. In 2021, more than 9,000 customers took advantage of this convenient office.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #875 | February 28, 2022

Singing mailman

Singing

mailman

John Prine, singer and songwriter, was a letter carrier in Maywood, IL, 1964-1969.

* | Tags: Fun facts USPS Fact #746 | February 25, 2022

1993

Smithsonian- National Postal Museum
1993

National Postal Museum Opens

In 1993, the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum opened. This museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately.

* | Tags: History USPS Fact #740 | February 25, 2022

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum offers exhibits tracing the history of the postal system in the United States. It houses nearly six million postal-related items — mostly stamps, but also postal stationery, greeting cards, covers and letters, mailboxes, postal vehicles, handstamps, metering machines, patent models, uniforms, badges, and other objects related to postal history and philately. The museum’s library, with more than 40,000 volumes and manuscripts, is open to the public by appointment. In 2013, the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery — the largest in the world — opened at the museum.

Daily Mail Pieces

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425.3M

mail pieces processed daily

The Postal Service processed and delivered an average of 425.3M mail pieces daily in 2021.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #844 | February 25, 2022

One Day In the Life of the Postal Service

1 DAY

in the Postal Service

Each day the Postal Service picks up, processes and delivers millions of letters and packages. No single operation in the world comes close to this level of connectivity for so many households and businesses.

* | Tags: Fun facts USPS Fact #840 | February 25, 2022
Just One Day in the Life of the U.S. Postal Service . . . By the Numbers
Each day the Postal Service picks up, processes and delivers millions of letters and packages. No single operation in the world comes close to this level of connectivity for so many households and businesses.
Here’s just ONE day in the life of the Postal Service. (Figures are averages.)

Automated Delivery Unit Sorter (ADUS)

Automated

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.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #824 | March 1, 2022

 

Bolger Center

BOLGER

center

Located in Maryland, the Bolger Center is a premier leadership development and conference center servicing both Postal Service and external clients. It is the only hotel in the country featuring an on-site Smithsonian Institution exhibit.

* | Tags: History USPS Fact #817 | February 25, 2022

The Bolger Center is a Postal Service-owned state of the art training facility located on 83 beautiful acres in Potomac, Maryland. It was built in the 1930’s as a Catholic convent by the Sisters of Mercy.

In the 1980’s, it was purchased by the U.S. Postal Service as a training center.

Named for William F. Bolger (March 13, 1923 – August 21, 1989), the 65th Postmaster General of the United States from March 15, 1978 to January 1, 1985.

Link

daily news

LINK

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.

* | Tags: Fun facts People USPS Fact #803 | February 25, 2022

Regular features include “Heroes’ Corner,” a column about employees who perform heroic deeds, and “On the Move,” a weekly roundup of employees who’ve received new appointments or recognition.

Employees with postal email addresses receive a Link email each weekday with links to the most recent stories. The team also produces an end-of-week Link Recap email with stories readers might have missed, along with Link Extra emails for breaking news.

Link mobile is a mobile-friendly version of the Link site. Link mobile has all the news you’ll find on the desktop version of Link, except it’s formatted for easy reading on handheld smart devices. Employees and others can receive a weekly Link mobile email by subscribing at www.usps.link.

Postal Service Headquarters

USPS

Headquarters

The U.S. Postal Service Headquarters building is located in Southwest Washington, D.C., just a few blocks south of the National Mall.

* | Tags: Map facts USPS Fact #800 | February 25, 2022

Postal Service Headquarters, 1973–Present

Vlastimil Koubek designed the present Postal Service Headquarters building, which is located in Southwest Washington, D.C., just a few blocks south of the National Mall.

Post Office Department Headquarters, 1899–1934

This granite building on Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the White House, was the last to simultaneously house both postal headquarters and the Washington, D.C., Post Office. Horse-drawn wagons brought mail to the building in its early years. By the time postal Headquarters moved to a larger building, almost all mail was carried by motor vehicles.

Free City Delivery

1863

free city delivery

An Act of Congress of March 3, 1863, effective July 1, 1863, provided that free city delivery be established at Post Offices where income from local postage was more than sufficient to pay all expenses of the service. For the first time, Americans had to put street addresses on their letters.

* | Tags: History USPS Fact #779 | February 25, 2022

In the late 19th century, free home delivery of mail was introduced — first in cities, then in rural areas — and letter carriers became familiar, trusted visitors to homes and businesses across the country.

Before 1863, postage paid only for the delivery of mail from Post Office to Post Office. Citizens picked up their mail, although in some cities they could pay an extra one- or two-cent fee for letter delivery or use private delivery firms. Among the postal reforms suggested by Postmaster General Montgomery Blair in his 1862 report to the President was free delivery of mail by salaried letter carriers, which he felt would “greatly accelerate deliveries, and promote the public convenience.” He reasoned that if the system of mailing and receiving letters was more convenient, people would use it more often, and pointed to increasing postal revenues in England, which already had adopted free city delivery.

Congress agreed. An Act of Congress of March 3, 1863, effective July 1, 1863, provided that free city delivery be established at Post Offices where income from local postage was more than sufficient to pay all expenses of the service. For the first time, Americans had to put street addresses on their letters.

Owney, the Postal Dog

USPS
OWNEY

the postal dog

On an autumn day in 1888, a shaggy pup took his first steps toward becoming a postal legend when he crept into the Albany, New York, Post Office. Postal employees allowed him to stay and named him Owney.

* | Tags: Fun facts USPS Fact #776 | February 25, 2022

At first, Owney stayed close to the Post Office, but he soon began riding mail wagons to the train depot and then rode the railway mail car down to New York City and back to Albany. As Owney traveled farther, his friends at the Albany Post Office feared he might wander too far away to find his way home again, so they purchased a leather collar with a tag reading “Owney, Post Office, Albany, N.Y.” Railway mail clerks recorded Owney’s travels by attaching metal baggage tags to his collar to identify the rail lines he traveled on. He was soon weighed down by his collection of tags. Postmaster General John Wanamaker presented Owney with a little jacket to distribute their weight more evenly.

Owney took to traveling farther and staying away longer, eventually visiting Mexico, Canada, Japan, China, Singapore, Suez, Algiers, and the Azores. While being shown off to an Ohio newspaper reporter, Owney bit the clerk who was handling him. The Postmaster had Owney put down on June 11, 1897. Railway mail clerks chipped in money to have a taxidermist preserve Owney’s body, which then was sent to postal headquarters in Washington, D.C., for exhibit. In 1911, the Post Office Department entrusted Owney to the Smithsonian Institution. Since 1993, Owney has been part of the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Owney was honored on a commemorative U.S. postage stamp.

   

Postmaster Abraham Lincoln

Postmaster

LINCOLN

On May 7, 1833, 24-year-old Abraham Lincoln was appointed Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln served until the office was closed May 30, 1836.

* | Tags: Fun facts History Map facts USPS Fact #774 | February 25, 2022

Two postmasters became U.S. Presidents later in their careers — Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman. Truman held the title and signed papers but immediately turned the position and its pay over to an assistant. Lincoln was the only President who served as a Postmaster.

On May 7, 1833, 24-year-old Lincoln was appointed Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln served until the office was closed May 30, 1836. Postal records show that Lincoln earned $55.70 as Postmaster in fiscal year 1835 and $19.48 for one quarter’s work in fiscal year 1837. Besides his pay, Lincoln, as Postmaster, could send and receive personal letters free and get one daily newspaper delivered free. Mail arrived once a week. If an addressee did not collect the mail, as was the custom, Lincoln delivered it personally — usually carrying the mail in his hat. Even then, Lincoln was “Honest Abe.”

Reportedly, when the New Salem Post Office was discontinued, Lincoln had a balance of $16 or $18, which he took with him to Springfield, Illinois. Months later, while his close friend Dr. A. G. Henry was visiting, a Post Office agent called on Lincoln to collect the funds. Henry knew that Lincoln had been in financial straits and feared that he might not have the money. Henry recalled that just as he was about to offer Lincoln a loan, the future President:

“. . . went over to his trunk at his boarding house, and returned with an old blue sock with a quantity of silver and copper coin tied up in it. Untying the sock, he poured the contents on the table and proceeded to count the coin, which consisted of such silver and copper pieces as the country-people were then in the habit of using in paying postage. On counting it up there was found the exact amount, to a cent, of the draft, and in the identical coin which had been received. He never used, under any circumstances, trust funds.”

Boat delivery on the Detroit River

USPS
SHIP

mail delivery

Ship Ahoy! The JW Westcott is a 45-foot contract mail boat out of Detroit that delivers mail to passing ships on the Detroit River. The JW Westcott has its own ZIP Code — 48222.

* | Tags: Fun facts Map facts USPS Fact #772 | February 25, 2022

This is the J.W. Westcott II approaching a Canadian freighter on the Detroit River

Stamps in caves

STAMPS

in caves

No troglodytes here! The Stamp Fulfillment Service facility, located in Kansas City, MO, is located in a limestone cave 150 feet beneath the ground. It is the Postal Service’s only facility located underground.

* | Tags: Fun facts Map facts Stamps USPS Fact #768 | February 25, 2022

The consistent, year-round temperatures and humidity levels in the caves allow the stamps to be maintained in mint-quality condition. The underground facility also keeps the inventory and employees safe from snow, flooding, winds and tornadic activity common in the Midwest.

Mr. ZIP

USPS
Mr.

ZIP

Mr. ZIP, who has no first name, appeared in many public service announcements and advertisements urging postal customers to use the five-digit ZIP Code that was initiated on July 1, 1963. Within four years of his appearance, eight out of ten Americans knew who Mr. ZIP was and what he stood for.

* | Tags: Fun facts History USPS Fact #754 | February 25, 2022

With the introduction of the nine-digit ZIP Code, or ZIP+4, in 1983, Mr. ZIP went into partial retirement. His image still was printed on the selvage of some sheets of stamps, but that practice ended in January 1986. Mr. ZIP still is used occasionally by the Postal Service.

Launch of internet site

1994

launched internet site

The Postal Service launched its first public internet site in 1994.

* | Tags: History USPS Fact #738 | March 1, 2022

1847

1847

First Stamps

1847 - U.S. postage stamps issued

* | Tags: History USPS Fact #733 | April 1, 2021

The Post Office Department issued its first postage stamps on July 1, 1847. Previously, letters were taken to a Post Office, where the postmaster would note the postage in the upper right corner. The postage rate was based on the number of sheets in the letter and the distance it would travel. Postage could be paid in advance by the writer, collected from the addressee on delivery, or paid partially in advance and partially upon delivery.

On March 3, 1847, Congress authorized United States postage stamps. The first general issue postage stamps went on sale in New York City, July 1, 1847. One, priced at five cents, depicted Benjamin Franklin. The other, a ten-cent stamp, pictured George Washington. Clerks used scissors to cut the stamps from pregummed, nonperforated sheets. Only Franklin and Washington appeared on stamps until 1856, when a five-cent stamp honoring Thomas Jefferson was issued. A two-cent Andrew Jackson stamp was added in 1863. George Washington has appeared on more U.S. postage stamps than any other person.

#PostalProud

#POSTAL

PROUD

#PostalProud recognizes employees for the work they do every day. It provides individuals at every level of the organization with an opportunity to share why they are proud to be a postal employee. More than 2,500 employees in 372 unique jobs have been recognized since its inception in 2018.

* | Tags: People USPS Fact #729 | March 7, 2022

Label Broker

LABEL

BROKER

Label Broker. This service is easy! It solves the ever-increasing problem of customers conducting business online and not being able to print shipping labels. With Label Broker, customers can get a shipping label on their mobile device, in the form of a QR code, directly from the merchant.

* | Tags: Innovation Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #725 | March 7, 2022

The customer uses the code to print a label at a Post Office or on a printer connected to usps.com. Label Broker is also the foundational technology that has enabled USPS Operation Santa to expand and evolve in a digital format.

For more information, go to www.usps.com/business/label-broker.htm

Recycled Batteries

54,000

pounds of batteries

The Postal Service recycled 54,000 pounds of small lead-acid and dry cell batteries, including lithium-ion batteries, which are found in cellphones, laptops, scanners and other small electronics.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #719 | March 7, 2022

Recycled Oil

361,000

gallons of oil recycled

In 2021, the Postal Service recycled 361,000 gallons of used oil — equivalent to saving more than 15 million gallons of crude oil.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #718 | March 7, 2022

Bicycle Delivery

USPS
50

bicycle delivery routes

The Postal Service delivers mail by bicycle on 50 routes in Arizona and Florida -- reducing emissions, saving fuel and the carriers can ride a bike all day!

* | Tags: Common good Fun facts USPS Fact #717 | March 7, 2022

.POST Group

.POST

Group

The Postal Service is one of 37 members of the .POST Group. The UPU’s .POST Group, created in 2013, is a trusted internet domain, established exclusively for the global postal sector and sponsored by the UPU.

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #713 | March 7, 2022

The mission of the .POST Group is to support the posts as they provide their customers with reliable and secure web services.

The .POST Group promotes innovation, integration and inclusion of postal activities on a uniquely secure platform, employing a rigorous UPU community membership and authentication process to deliver a safe, uncompromised and trustworthy customer experience.

More information can be found at upu.int/en/Universal-Postal-Union/About-UPU/Cooperatives-Boards/-POST-Group

Express Mail Service (EMS) Cooperative

Express Mail

Service Cooperative

The Postal Service is a member of the Express Mail Service (EMS) Cooperative. The EMS Cooperative was created by the UPU in 1999 to get the more than 180-member countries to work together to provide EMS – the fastest cross-border international postal product.

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #712 | March 9, 2021

The EMS global network has the largest number of customer access points in the world, serving more than 5 billion citizens of member posts.

The overall market size for cross-border ecommerce has grown to more than 9 billion items each year, with expected growth to 13 billion by 2024. Note: these are pre-pandemic numbers.

More information can be found at post/en/global-network.

Kahala Post Group (KPG)

Kahala

Post Group

The Postal Service is one of 11 members of the Kahala Post Group (KPG).

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #711 | March 7, 2022

The Kahala Posts Group (KPG) is an international alliance of the world’s largest postal administrations that collaborate to improve international postal services.

Launched in 2002 by six postal administrations, the KPG network accounts for almost half of the world’s internationally recognized Express Mail Service (EMS) traffic.

More information can be found at kahalapostsgroup.com/.

International Post Corporation (IPC)

INT'L

post corporation

The Postal Service is one of 25 members of the International Post Corporation (IPC). The IPC is a cooperative association of posts in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #710 | March 9, 2021

Since 1989, the IPC has created solutions and services that are used by more than 180 posts worldwide and is the leading service provider of the global postal industry. Collectively, IPC members deliver 80-percent of global mail volumes — more than 330 billion mail pieces each year.

More information can be found at ipc.be/.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

UNIVERSAL

Postal Union

The Postal Service is a member of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #709 | March 9, 2021

• Established in 1874, the UPU, with its headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, is the second oldest international organization worldwide.
• With its 192-member countries, the UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between posts. The UPU helps to ensure a truly universal network of products and services.
• More information can be found at upu.int.

3.3 million pounds

3.3 million

pounds weekly

The Postal Service sends 3.3 million pounds of international, military, and diplomatic mail and packages weekly, using 70 international airlines, composed of 11 US flag carriers and 19 foreign flag carriers, and their affiliates.

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail Size & scope USPS Fact #708 | March 7, 2022

Known Globally

known

GLOBALLY

The Postal Service is worldwide, shipping to many countries and working closely with other posts to improve service and increase its annual share of the international shipping market at the same time.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #706 | March 7, 2022
  • International Mail is a $2.2 billion business within the Postal Service.
  • Most of the International Mail revenue is generated from outbound services that allow customers in the United States to send mail and packages abroad.
  • The Postal Service sends 3.3 million pounds of international, military, and diplomatic mail and packages weekly, using 70 international airlines, composed of 11 US flag carriers and 19 foreign flag carriers, and their affiliates.
  • Click-N-Ship allows customers to print shipping labels with postage for Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail International, Priority Mail Express International and First-Class Package International Service. For more information, go to usps.com/ship/.

Postal Service Diversity

POSTAL

diversity

The Postal Service workforce remains one of the most diverse organizations in the nation. Our pride in serving the American public is a common thread that unites us.

* | Tags: People USPS Fact #705 | March 9, 2021
  • Women make up nearly 46 percent of our workforce
  • Minorities represent 49 percent of our workforce
  • The Postal Service employs nearly 73,000 veterans
  • The Postal Service employs more than 35,000 employees with disabilities, including nearly 10,000 disabled veterans

 

Surface Transportation

2.07 billion

miles driven in 2021

To move mail using surface transportation, the Postal Service drove more than 2.07 billion miles in 2021 — more than 45,000 trips in more than 25,000 box trucks and tractor-trailers daily.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #701 | March 7, 2022

The Postal Service operates hundreds of mail processing and distribution centers / plants across the country. The employees in these facilities accept, sort and dispatch the nations mail.

  • To move mail through the air, the Postal Service flies 5 million pounds of mail per day, using more than 140 domestic airports.

5.5 billion external email messages

5 BILLION

external email messages

In 2021, the Postal Service email gateway system delivered more than 5 billion external email messages annually to postal customers and business partners. The majority of these were automated messages from Informed Delivery, Click-N-Ship and Package Tracking applications.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #698 | March 7, 2022
  • There are 622 remote locations within the postal system that receive network connectivity via satellite.
  • The Postal Service communications network contains more than 190,000 provisioned subnets that connect more than 1 million devices, including:
    • 140,000 desktop computers
    • 50,000 notebook computers
    • 41,000 server computers
    • 56,080 printers
    • 32,087 smartphones
    • 3,735 tablets
    • 2,700 MacOS desktop and notebook computers
    • 125,630 phone lines
    • 443,701 hand-held scanners.

Blocking Bad Actors

38 MILLION

emails blocked monthly

More than 38 million emails received from external senders were blocked monthly in 2021 to ensure the safety of the Postal network.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #694 | March 7, 2022
  • With one of the largest corporate email systems, the Postal Service handled more than 3 million legitimate emails a day in 2021, delivered to more than 212,000 email accounts. But some emails are blocked due to:
    • Spam: More than 6 million spam email messages were blocked monthly.
    • Content: More than 27 million emails were blocked monthly due to malicious content including phishing, brand spoofing, and suspicious URLs being detected.
    • Malware: More than 9,000 email messages were blocked monthly due to malware.
    • Blocking bad actors: More than 5 million email messages were blocked monthly due to sender reputation.
    • Advanced Threat Detection: More than 16,000 email messages were blocked by domain impersonation, URL and file detonation detecting malicious content, or click-time URL protection.

Petabytes of Storage

92.5

petabytes of storage

The Postal Service has 92.5 petabytes of storage capacity — equivalent to playing more than 234,177 years of songs on an MP3 player, with no repeats.

* | Tags: Innovation USPS Fact #690 | March 7, 2022

First Known Female Postmaster

First Female

postmaster

The first known female Postmaster in the United Colonies was Mary Katherine Goddard, Baltimore, MD, 1775.

* | Tags: History People USPS Fact #688 | March 9, 2021

U.S. Postal Service History

USPS

An American History

More information about the Postal Service can be found in The United States Postal Service: An American History at about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/welcome.htm

* | Tags: History USPS Fact #687 | March 9, 2021

African American Postmasters

1860

African American Postmasters

African Americans worked as Postmasters, clerks and carriers beginning in the 1860s — 100 years before the Civil Rights era brought wider opportunity in the American workplace.

* | Tags: History People USPS Fact #686 | March 9, 2021

Women Postmasters

WOMEN

postmasters

Women served as Postmasters in this country more than a century before they won the right to vote.

* | Tags: History People USPS Fact #685 | March 9, 2021

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Stamp Out

Hunger Food Drive

Every year, the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In 2021, the food drive was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Customers were encouraged to take food to local food banks and pantries. The program has collected more than 1.7 billion pounds of food since the campaign began in 1993.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #683 | March 7, 2022

Dog Bite Prevention

5,448

dog attacks

Thousands of carriers deliver to homes with dogs every day. The Postal Service promotes safety initiatives and shares prevention tips to protect employees and customers from dog bites. In 2021, 5,448 employees were attacked by dogs while delivering the U.S. Mail.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #681 | March 7, 2022

National Dog Bite Prevention Week (June 5 – June 11, 2022) addresses aggressive dog behaviors that pose serious threats to Postal Service employees delivering mail and how communities they serve can play a part in their safety.

 

Carrier Alert Program

CARRIER

ALERT program

As one of the few points of human contact for some home-bound customers, letter carriers are particularly attuned to signs that could indicate an accident or illness. If carriers notice something unusual, such as uncollected mail, at an at-risk customer’s home, the employee will alert emergency personnel. Carrier Alert began in 1982.

* | Tags: Common good USPS Fact #680 | March 7, 2022

New Deal Murals and Sculptures

1,400

murals and sculptures

More than 1,400 murals and/or sculptures from President Roosevelt’s New Deal Programs are in our Post Offices around the nation.

* | Tags: History Stamps USPS Fact #678 | March 9, 2021

Five murals were featured on First-Class postage stamps in 2019

Size and Scope

POSTAL

size and scope

The U.S. Postal Service delivers more mail than any other post in the world. The Postal Service serves 163.1 million addresses in the country — covering every state, city and town. Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class Mail postage stamp regardless of location.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #671 | March 7, 2022

Newest Post Office

NEWEST

post office

Power, MT (59468), built in 2019. This is the first Post Office built using shipping containers.

* | Tags: Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #666 | March 9, 2021

Top 13 Things: Veterans

Google
68,000

Veterans

Veterans. The Postal Service employs nearly 68,000 military veterans, making it one of the largest employers of veterans in the country. The organization has also issued more than 140 stamps honoring the nation’s military history, including the Service Cross Medals stamps.

* | Tags: People Size & scope Top facts USPS Fact #660 | March 1, 2022

Data driven

DATA

driven

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.

* | Tags: Innovation Size & scope USPS Fact #654 | March 7, 2022

Technology-enabled

TECHNOLOGY

enabled

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.

* | Tags: Innovation Size & scope USPS Fact #653 | March 7, 2022

Empowered Workforce

EMPOWERED

workforce

The Postal Service invests more than $600 million in training its workforce. The organization encourages employees to take advantage of self-paced career development by offering 24,000 online courses and 28 educational partnerships offering discounts towards degree and certification programs.

* | Tags: People Size & scope USPS Fact #652 | March 7, 2022

Resilient

RESILIENT

and adaptable

The Postal Service has a long and storied history of creating new technologies for the American people — enabling faster, more efficient communication and safer, more secure delivery of correspondence and merchandise. For nearly two-and-a-half centuries, it has adapted to meet the evolving needs of its customers.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #651 | March 7, 2022

Self-sufficient

SELF

sufficient

As an independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, the Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #650 | March 7, 2022

Customer-focused

CUSTOMER

focused

With more than 34,000 retail locations, more than 12 million daily visits on usps.com and delivering to 150.4 million residences and 12.8 million businesses at least 6 days a week, the Postal Service is committed to providing a positive customer experience.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #649 | March 7, 2022

Universal

UNIVERSAL

service

Everyone living in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and N. Mariana Islands) has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class Mail postage stamp regardless of the sender’s location.

* | Tags: Size & scope USPS Fact #648 | March 7, 2022

Patently the Best

PATENTLY

the best

Patently the best. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued more than 500 patents to the United States Postal Service.

* | Tags: Fun facts Innovation USPS Fact #647 | February 28, 2022

Leaving a mark

385 domestic

trademarks

Leaving a mark! The Postal Service has 385 domestic and 1,000 foreign trademark registrations.

* | Tags: Fun facts Innovation USPS Fact #646 | February 28, 2022

Vehicle batteries

84,000

vehicle batteries

We keep running and running. The Postal Service purchased 76,000 vehicle batteries in 2021.

* | Tags: Fun facts USPS Fact #644 | February 28, 2022

Wiper blades

527,000

wiper blades

Better to see you with! The Postal Service ordered 527,000 wiper blades in 2021.

* | Tags: Fun facts Size & scope USPS Fact #642 | March 7, 2022

Whatever It Takes

WE

deliver!

The Postal Service moves mail by planes, hovercraft, trains, trucks, cars, boats, ferries, helicopters, subways, bicycles, mules and feet. #WeDeliverForYou

* | Tags: Fun facts Size & scope USPS Fact #641 | March 7, 2022

One of a Kind

Unstaffed

Post Office

There is a 24-hour, unstaffed, self-service Post Office in Northern Virginia that allows customers to conduct most shipping and mailing transactions quickly and easily themselves. The Self-Service Post Office provides round-the-clock accessibility to PO Boxes, as well as self-service kiosks and an automated package drop.

* | Tags: Fun facts Marketing/Retail USPS Fact #640 | March 8, 2021

In 2020, more than 8,000 customers took advantage of this convenient office.

High-Flying Flags

Google
Flags

at Post Offices

Post Offices were first required to display the American flag in 1885 to comply with Treasury Department instructions. On Nov. 7, 2019, Post Offices were required to fly the Prisoner of War (POW)-Missing In Action (MIA) flag on the same days that the American flag is flown.

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In 2021, the Postal Service replaced 31,874 American Flags and 27,550 POW/MIA Flags.

A Long, Storied History

History

of the USPS

The history of the Postal Service is a large story set on a broad canvas. It is intertwined with the history of America, and it provides a lens from which to observe the evolution of the United States. This story is told beautifully in The United States Postal Service: An American History (also known as Pub. 100).

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You can find the publication at about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/welcome.htm

 

Postal Bulletin

POSTAL

BULLETIN

On time. Every time. The Postal Bulletin, a nationally distributed biweekly publication, serves as a source for official policy, procedure updates and departmental news for all USPS functions. It has never missed a deadline since its inception in 1880.

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Go to https://about.usps.com/resources/postal-bulletin.htm to browse past issues.

Total delivery routes

233,171

delivery routes

The Postal Service has 233,171 delivery routes across the United States in an effort to reach every single person living in the country.

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