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USPS shutting down within 5 years?
by John Thielking (pagesincolor [at]
Thursday Feb 7th, 2013 10:17 AM
If trends continue the way they are, the USPS could be completely shut down within 5 years, leaving many businesses that rely on the cheap rates from USPS in the lurch.
From the web site: 2-7-13 Update: It is now apparent that the Postmaster General is intent on selling off the assets of the US Postal Service, closing most of the mail processing centers around the country and eliminating Saturday delivery as of August 2013. If things continue down this path, it is predicted that door to door delivery by USPS will be a thing of the past within 5 years. This will seriously impact the ability of to conduct business as the option of shipping booklets to customers for an affordable price and the option of shipping newsletters to individual customers will be eliminated. It will cost a minimum of $12 to ship a small package via UPS, compared to about $2 to ship the same item via USPS (or in the case of a newsletter, $0.45 via USPS). For more information on this, listen to the 2-6-13 Flashpoints program on More information to follow in the coming weeks.
by Postal Service is Bedrock of USA
Friday Feb 8th, 2013 7:47 AM

The United States Postal Service delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world. The Postal Service delivers to more than 151 million homes, businesses and Post Office boxes in every state, city, town and borough in this country. Everyone living in the U.S. and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same postage regardless of their location.

By the Numbers

66 billion — revenue in 2011, in dollars
167.9 billion — number of mail pieces processed in 2011
554 million — average number of mail pieces processed each day
23 million — average number of mail pieces processed each hour
384,000 — average number of mail pieces processed each minute
6,400 — average number of mail pieces processed each second
40 — percent of the world’s mail volume handled by the Postal Service
1.9 billion — dollar amount paid every two weeks in salaries and benefits
546,000 — number of career employees
31,509 — number of Postal Service-managed retail offices
34 million — number of work hours reduced equals 19,000 full-time employees
213,881 — number of vehicles — the largest civilian fleet in the world
1.2 billion — number of miles driven each year by letter carriers and truck drivers
39.9 million — number of address changes processed in 2011
35.5 — percent of retail revenue from alternative access channels in 2011
1.2 million — number of people who visited each day
62 million — number of inquiries handled by Postal Service Contact Center in 2011
236 million — dollar amount of online stamp and retail sales at in 2011
467 million — total revenue, in dollars, from Click-N-Ship label purchases in 2011
5.6 million — number of passport applications accepted in 2011
116 million — number of money orders issued in 2011
543 million — amount in revenue from 2,500 Automated Postal Centers
71,000 — number of stores, banks and ATMs that sell postage stamps
636,530 — number of new delivery points added to the network in 2011
0 — tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service [USPS is chartered by US Congress.]

A Decade of Facts and Figures

Both literally and figuratively, the Postal Service delivers for America. Even in an increasingly digital world, the Postal Service remains part of the bedrock infrastructure of the American economy, serving its people and businesses, and binding the nation together. The core function of the Postal Service is the physical delivery of mail and packages, provided reliably, safely, affordably and universally to every address in America.
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