Mail Statistics Matter
At Professional Print & Mail, we feel that knowing the statistics of mail can help determine how to most effectively reach your target audience. Check these stats out and see how we can help you boost your numbers through direct mailing.
Sometimes the numbers really tell the tale, and that is certainly true with the USPS. Here are some interesting stats from just ONE day in the life of the USPS:
Size and Scope
The USPS delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world. The USPS handles forty percent (40%) of the world's mail volume. To further testify to the huge scope of the USPS, check out these statistics:
The USPS is the core of the mailing industry, which is a $1.3 trillion industry that employs more than 8 million people.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is one of the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agencies. The agency reported approximately 6,000 arrests and 5,300 convictions in 2014 related to criminal, security and prevention investigations of postal crime. Investigations include crimes such as mail scams, illegal narcotics, counterfeit money orders, fraudulent lottery mailings, tax fraud in the mail, suspicious/hazardous items in the mail, and others.
The USPS maintains a communications network that includes more than 145,000 desktop computers, 23,000 notebook computers, 81,000 printers, 12,500 smart-phones, and 310,000 hand-held scanners. The USPS also maintains 45,700 point-of-sale terminals and 2,850 self-service retail kiosks nationwide. The USPS has one of the largest corporate email systems, handling 3.5 legitimate emails (and 1.3 million spam emails!) per day, delivered to more than 208,000 email accounts. The Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In 2014, more than 73 million pounds of food were collected to help the needy. Since the drive began in 1993, a total of more than 1.3 billion pounds of food have been collected and donated.
The Carrier Alert Program recognizes that USPS letter carriers can help monitor the well-being of elderly and disabled customers. If carriers notice an accumulation of mail, or other circumstances that might indicate an accident or illness, they notify emergency personnel.
The USPS employs a federal preservation officer and a historian. Postal history is accessible to the public in the Smithsonian Institutions' National Postal Museum, located in Washington DC. As of the end of 2014, 1,527 postal buildings are listed on the National Historic Register. And the Postal Fine Arts Collection consists of works of art from many different sources and programs, on display at various postal buildings across the country.
Reported by Window Book, Inc.