USPS accepted over 13.2 billion mail and parcels during the holiday season – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

The United States Postal Service (USPS) said it delivered more than 13.2 billion items of mail and packages during the holiday season with an average delivery time of “less than three days.”

USPS saw an increase in preliminary performance metrics for the 2021 holiday season compared to the same period in 2020.

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Between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve, it took an average of 2.7 days to deliver a mail or package over the USPS network. During that time, they accepted more than 13.2 billion letters, cards, apartments and parcels for delivery.

In 2020, they accepted 12.7 billion.

“Our mission to deliver for America is a huge responsibility, especially during the holidays,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said. “I am touched by the hard work and dedication of each of our 650,000 employees who, despite the challenges of the pandemic, have helped bring joy and commerce to people across the country.”

The USPS says preparations for the peak holiday season of 2021 began early last year.

Postal service peak season preparations included:

Stabilize the workforce and prepare for the challenges of the pandemic: The conversion of 63,000 pre-career employees to career positions and the onboarding of over 185,000 employees since the start of the previous fiscal year, including the replacement of 63,000 pre-career employees and the national campaign for hire 40,000 additional seasonal workers.

• Extensive facility footprint to resolve bottlenecks and improve mail and parcel flow: Renting 13 million square feet of additional space in more than 100 locations to accommodate mail and parcels, including more than 50 annexes with multi-year leases to meet space constraints throughout the year due to the growth of packages.

New parcel sorting equipment to speed up the management and sorting of increased parcel volumes: Installation of 112 new parcel sorting machines and over 50 parcel systems capable of sorting large parcels. With an organization-wide focus on improving operations and strategic investments, the Postal Service has increased daily processing capacity to 13 million packages. Package sorting capability enables efficient movement of mail through the integrated USPS delivery network as mail and packages travel together. These machines also reduce the physical cost of our labor.

Diversified and reliable transport options: The rental of nearly 3,300 trailers only for the high season and the diversification of the volume circulating on the air network among additional air carriers. The Postal Service also expanded the surface transfer center network by adding an additional 1.6 million square feet and more than 300 dock doors to, among other things, increase the use of long-haul transportation and alleviate shortage issues. of drivers.

The Postal Service generally does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.