Postal Facts tells the Postal Service story — from size and scope to fun facts, from the 10-year trend of figures to postage stamps, from innovation in the mail to innovative technologies — in an interesting and visually creative way.

Plain and simple, the U.S. Postal Service delivers for America. In an increasingly digital world, the Postal Service remains part of the bedrock infrastructure of the American economy, serving its people and businesses, and connecting the nation together. The core function of the Postal Service is to provide the secure, reliable and affordable delivery of mail and packages to every address in the United States, its territories and its military installations worldwide.

The Postal Service delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world. Delivering to more than 157 million addresses in every state, city and town in the country, everyone in the U.S. and its territories has access postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class postage stamp regardless of location.

By bridging physical to digital, the Postal Service remains a very relevant and necessary provider of communications to this nation for more than 240 years after Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General.

Unless otherwise noted, all figures are based on the Postal Service’s fiscal year.

Bigger and Better: Larger mailboxes now available


A customer retrieves mail and packages from a new mailbox.


Customers can now purchase bigger mailboxes that accommodate larger packages delivered by USPS.The curbside boxes are available from online retailers. The usps.com mailbox page has ordering information. The bigger boxes are part of the Postal Service’s efforts to grow its package delivery business amid changes to the mail mix.USPS also wants to reduce failed delivery attempts that occur when letter and rural carriers are unable to deliver packages because they won’t fit in customers’ boxes.


“These next generation mailboxes allow our carriers to accommodate more mail and larger packages, which improves the overall customer experience,” said Delivery Operations VP Kevin McAdams. Manufacturers introduced the boxes this month after USPS approved new standards last year. The standards apply only to curbside boxes, not mailboxes made for door delivery service.


The Postal Service approved the standards after testing boxes that are 7 inches high, 13 inches wide and 16 inches deep. Customers who participated in the tests applauded the bigger boxes. “The postal carrier can put everything in there,” customer Janice Schnepp said last year. “I don’t have to worry about prescription medications or other mail order items being left on the front door.”

Welcome to the annual edition of Postal Facts — a great resource for everyone on what we do and how we do it. From the overall size and scope of the Postal Service to the top 10 things you should know about us to some strange fun facts and everything in between, Postal Facts tells our story in an interesting and fun way. I hope you’ll keep it handy and spend some time learning about us.

Megan Brennan
Postmaster General
U.S. Postal Service


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.

Click here to go to the Postal Facts Webpage https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-facts/welcome.htm



Fun Facts- Postal Service superlatives — everything you’ve ever wanted to know — and more.





Postal History

Explore the past, glimpse the future.

In the more than two centuries since Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General in 1775, the Postal Service™ has grown and changed with America, boldly embracing new technologies to better serve a growing population. We hope you enjoy exploring our rich history.



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USPS Innovative Technologies - Systems at work



For more information about the Postal Service’s impressive operations, check out the “Systems at Work” video at npm.si.edu/systemsatwork/exhibit.html


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


•The Postal Service is the world leader in optical character recognition technology with machines reading nearly 98 percent of all hand-addressed letter mail and 99.5 percent of machine-printed mail.

•The Postal Service uses more than 8,500 pieces of automated processing equipment to sort nearly half the world’s mail.

•The Postal Service has one of the largest material-handling systems in the world for moving mail. There are more than 200 miles of conveyors within postal processing facilities.

•Tray sorting machines sort more than 18 million trays per day through the conveyor systems.

•The Postal Service has the largest gantry robotic fleet in the world using 174 robotics systems to move 314,000 mail trays per day.

•The Flats Sequencing System (FSS) sorts “flat mail” (large envelopes, magazines, etc.) in carrier walk sequence up to 12,000 pieces per hour.

•The Advanced Facer Canceller System (AFCS) positions letter mail and cancels stamps at 36,000 pieces per hour.

•The Delivery Barcode Sorter (DBCS) reads the barcode on letters and sorts them at 36,000 pieces per hour.

•The Automated Flat Sorting Machine (AFSM) sorts flat mail at 17,000 pieces per hour.

•The Automated Package Processing System (APPS) sorts packages and bundles of mail at 9,500 pieces per hour.

•The Automated Parcel and Bundle Sorter (APBS) sorts packages and bundles of mail at 6,000 pieces per hour.

•The Mail Transport Equipment Ordering (MTEOR) system was introduced in 2012. MTEOR standardizes the ordering process for mail transport equipment (MTE), allowing mailers to order MTE online and improve equipment management efficiency.

•Intelligent Mail increases the value of mail for both the Postal Service and its customers. The Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) identifies individual pieces of mail, trays, sacks and containers of mail and tracks them through the processing system.

•All packages with tracking barcodes are scanned throughout the postal system. In the past year, the APBSs have been upgraded with improved camera technology and increased barcode read rates.

•The PostalOne! system processed more than 10 million transactions in 2013, accounting for $35 billion in commercial revenue at business mail entry units across the country.

For more information about the Postal Service’s impressive operations, check out the “Systems at Work” video at npm.si.edu/systemsatwork/exhibit.html




Change of address update


Effective May 31, the Postal Service will no longer accept change of address orders from customers who call 1-800-ASK-USPS. The Call Center change of address functionality will be retired.

Customers may continue to submit their change of address orders by visiting usps.com and accessing the “Change of Address” link found in the Manage Your Mail section, or by using PS Form 3575, found in the Mover’s Guide available in Post Offices.

Call Center agents will continue to service customer inquiries for existing change of address orders on file. Customers who want to modify their existing change of address requests also may call the center.

Last year, more than 38 million customers moved and changed their address with the Postal Service.

10 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology



The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is facing a potential $6 billion deficit in 2009. Earlier this year it asked Congress to consider cutting a day of delivery from its six-day schedule. On May 11 the price of stamps will jump another 2 cents, and in Idaho, the last continental route serviced by bush plane is about to be cut. The USPS has a deep sense of history—since the first Postmaster General was put in place in 1775, the USPS has changed its structure and delivery methods numerous times thanks to war, economic turmoil and emerging new technologies. Here, we look at 10 of the geekiest ways the postal service has delivered the mail.


click here to read more   10 Geeky ways to Deliver U.S. Mail

Real Solutions Video Tutorials...Real Solutions, When You Need to Know How, Right Now!!!

VIDEO:How the mail moves through the system.

*The Real Solutions video series is created and produced by industry members of the Fairfield County PCC.  The US Postal Service has not endorsed these clips and recommends you follow the Domestic Mail Manual or contact your local BMEU for postal questions.

China's Oldest Post Office Found Along Silk Road


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LANZHOU, April 16 (Xinhuanet) --
A letter written about 2,000 years ago and never delivered has provided evidence of China's oldest post office at a historic site near the famous Dunhuang Mogao Grottos along the ancient Silk Road.
The letter written on a piece of silk, 18 cm long and 8 cm wide, has been found in the Xuanquanzhi Ruins in northwest China's Gansu Province.

The writer of the letter sent his greetings and wishes from the  frontier of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) in the remote western region to his friend in an inland area of China.
In the letter, the writer described the hard life in the border
area and asked his friend to buy him some goods and send them to Dunhuang.
The letter is so far the best preserved personal letter from
the Han Dynasty, according to archaeologists. 
The Xuanquanzhi Ruins are located at an important pass of the Silk Road.  Ruins of beacon towers built during the Han, Jin and Qing dynasties over more than 1,000 years can still be found near the Xuanquanzhi Ruins today.  The excavation of the ruins was conducted from 1990 to 1992.  Their discovery was selected as one of the top ten discoveries in China during the last decade of the 20th century.
Experts have unearthed wooden slips, paper and silk used to
document the work of the local postal service, transportation
activities, tolls, vehicles and other information that enables
them to better understand the history and geography of the Han Dynasty. 
Ruins of buildings and stables were also found. Experts say Xuanquanzhi was a comprehensive outpost for the postal service, official order deliveries and reception of guests more than 2,000 years ago.  

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