THE TOP FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE POSTAL SERVICE
We're tech-savvy. The Postal Service uses a vast network of people and advanced technologies to collect, process, transport and accurately deliver the nation's mail and packages in an increasingly digital world.
We’re social. We are the original social network, but we are also very active on the newer platforms.
We are Postal Proud! The Postal Proud program provides individuals at every level of the organization with an opportunity to share why they are proud to be a postal employee.
More than 3,100 employees in 392 unique jobs have been recognized since its inception in 2018. #PostalProud
We're all heart. The Postal Service is the heart of the $1.58 trillion United States mailing industry, which employs more than 7.3 million people.
of the world's mail
We're global. The Postal Service processes and delivers 44 percent of the world’s mail and is constantly innovating to make customer experiences better.
We're patriotic. The Postal Service employs nearly 63,000 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.
We’re resilient. 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.
We’re customer focused. The Postal Service is committed to providing a positive customer experience.
The Postal Service has more than 33,000 retail locations, serves 152.7 million residences and 12.7 million businesses typically six days a week and has nearly 10 million daily visitors to usps.com.
We’re universal. 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 the sender’s location.
The territories are Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the N. Mariana Islands.
We are essential. The Postal Service provides a vital public service, is a part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and was created by an act of Congress.
The statute that created the Postal Service begins with the following sentence: “The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by an Act of Congress, and supported by the people.” 39 U.S.C. §101(a).
We’re diverse. The strength of the Postal Service lies in its amazing diversity. Minorities make up 53 percent of the workforce.
We're socially responsible. The Postal Service supports communities nationwide.
These efforts include facilitating the nation’s largest one-day food drive, working with customers to prevent dog bites, educating customers on consumer protection, and delivering holiday magic through USPS Operation Santa.
heroes among us
We have heroes among us. Postal employees regularly go beyond the call of duty to protect the lives of the people they serve, including elderly or disabled customers through the Carrier Alert Program.
In 2022, the Postal Service recognized 149 heroic employees.
greener than you think
We're greener than you think. The Postal Service is working hard to put its stamp on a greener tomorrow for the organization and the communities we serve.
a retail giant
We are a retail giant. The Postal Service has the nation’s largest retail network (33,641) — larger than Subway (22,884) — larger than Dollar General (18,378) — larger than Starbucks (15,778) — larger than McDonald’s (13,683).
We compete and collaborate. The Postal Service both competes and collaborates with the private sector. UPS and FedEx pay the Postal Service to deliver millions of their ground packages, and the Postal Service pays UPS and FedEx for air transportation.
We're secure. U.S. Mail is protected by more than 200 federal laws enforced by the Postal Inspection Service, one of the nation's oldest law enforcement agencies.
We are self-funding. 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.
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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