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6 Things You Didn't Know About the USPS

Friday September 25, 2020

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is responsible for delivering mail to over 160 million addresses in the United States. It was created in the late 1700s following the Postal Service Act. Since then, the USPS has worked vigorously to deliver mail to countless homes and businesses. While you're probably familiar with its purpose, you might be surprised to learn the following facts about the USPS.

#1) An Independent Organization of the Federal Government

Some people assume that the USPS is a government organization. It's actually an independent organization of the federal government. The USPS is considered an independent organization that operates separately from the federal government, meaning it's responsible for generating revenue, bookkeeping and other tasks. And because it's not a government organization, the USPS isn't funded with tax dollars.

#2) Sells Mailboxes

You won't find any mailboxes for sale at the USPS. While the USPS has design guidelines for mailboxes, it doesn't sell them. If you need to buy one or more mailboxes, you'll have to look elsewhere. Only private companies, including Forsite, sells mailboxes. Private companies follow the USPS's guidelines while designing and selling mailboxes to homeowners, business owners and property developers.

#3) Second-Largest Employer in the US

To say a lot of people work for the USPS would be an understatement. It's the country's second-largest employer, surpassed only by Walmart. In 2019, the USPS had nearly a half-million employees on its payroll.

#4) Over 140 Billion Pieces of Mail Delivered Annually

The USPS delivers a boatload of mail. Statistics show that in a typical year, USPS couriers deliver over 140 billion pieces of mail -- a number that continues to grow larger as the U.S. population increases.

#5) Multiple Postage Options Available

The USPS requires all mail to have paid postage. While the most common form of postage is a stamp, there are other options available. Customers of the USPS can opt for prepaid envelopes, postage shipping labels purchased and printed out online, bulk mailings and postal meters. Many businesses choose one of these alternative postage options to cut their shipping costs.

#6) Over a Quarter-Million Vehicles

Based on fleet size, the USPS owns and operates more vehicles than any other organization in the United States. According to the USPS's own website, it has approximately 228,000 vehicles in its fleet. Many of these vehicles have been upgraded to improve fuel efficiency, with some of them running on battery-stored electricity rather than gas.


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