Tuesday, March 19, 2013

U.S. Postal Service Made $65 Billion in 2012

Mail is Big Business
The U.S. Postal Service is the core of the $1 trillion mailing industry that employs more than 8 million people.*
These types of mail brought in most of the $65 billion in revenue in 2012:

  • First-Class Mail — $28.9 billion
  • Advertising Mail — $16.4 billion
  • Shipping & Package Services — $11.6 billion
  • Periodicals — $1.7 billion
If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500.
In the 2012 Global Fortune 500 list, the U.S. Postal Service ranked 135th.
* The Mailing Industry Job Study, March 2011, reported that there are more than 8 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in revenue attributed to the mailing industry.

Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe.

Postal Facts 2013

Both literally and figuratively, the United States Postal Service delivers for America.

Even in an increasingly digital world, the Postal Service remains part of the bedrock infrastructure of this nation’s economy, serving its people and businesses and binding the nation together.

The core function of the Postal Service is the safe, reliable, affordable delivery of mail and packages to every address in the country and its territories.

The Postal Service delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world.

The timely service provided daily depends on an astonishing network of facilities, technology and people that collect, transport, process and deliver the nation’s mail.

Postal Facts 2013 ›

A Day in the Life of the U.S. Postal Service ›
Size and Scope

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 than152 million homes, businesses and Post Office boxes in every state, city, town and borough in this country. Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same postage regardless of their location.

By the Numbers *

65 billion — 2012 revenue, in dollars
160 billion — number of mailpieces processed
40 — percent of the world’s mail volume handled by the Postal Service
1.8 billion — dollar amount paid every two weeks in salaries and benefits
522,144** — number of career employees
108,000** — number of military veteran career employees
31,272 — number of Postal Service-managed retail offices
212,530 — number of vehicles — one of the largest civilian fleets in the world
1.3 billion — number of miles driven each year by letter carriers and truck drivers
39.7 million — number of address changes processed
39 — percent of retail revenue from alternative access channels
423 million — total number of visits to usps.com
67.5 million — number of inquiries handled by the Postal Service Contact Center
246 million — dollar amount of online stamp and retail sales at usps.com
44.1 million — number of Click-N-Ship labels printed
483 million — total revenue, in dollars, from Click-N-Ship label purchases
83.8 million — number of packages picked up using Free Package Pickup
5.7 million — number of passport applications accepted
109 million — number of money orders issued
497 million — amount in revenue from 2,500 Self-Service Kiosks
70,000 — number of stores, banks and Self-Service Kiosks that sell stamps
654,560 — number of new delivery points added to the network
0 — tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service

* all information based on 2012 data, unless otherwise noted
** as of January 16, 2013.


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