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USPS enters peak holiday season with strong delivery performance across all categories

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Postal Service (USPS) reported new delivery performance metrics for the seventh week of the FY2023 first quarter as the agency enters the busiest shipping season of the year.

During the reporting period, the average time to deliver a mailpiece or package across the postal network was 2.5 days for the fourth consecutive week.

FY2023 first quarter service performance scores covering Oct. 1 through Nov. 18 included:

  • First-Class Mail: 92.2 percent of First-Class Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a slight decrease of 0.9 percentage points from the fiscal fourth quarter.
  • Marketing Mail: 94.1 percent of Marketing Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a slight decrease of 0.6 percentage points from the fiscal fourth quarter.
  • Periodicals: 86.6 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, consistent with performance from the fiscal fourth quarter.

The Postal Service is in a strong position heading into the holiday mailing and shipping rush. The organization recently completed the installation of 137 new package sorting machines across its network which will expand daily package processing capacity to 60 million. This brings the organization’s total to 249 new processing machines since the launch of the Delivering for America plan in March 2021 and are part of a $40 billion investment in the postal network.

The Postal Service’s preparedness for the holiday season reflects strategic investments and operational precision improvements made as part of the Delivering for America plan. Additional holiday hiring initiatives include:

  • Stabilizing the USPS permanent workforce by converting 100,000 workers to full time since the beginning of 2021; with more than 41,000 part time workers converted to full time since January 2022.
  • Actively hiring an additional 20,000 seasonal employees ahead of the holiday season.

One of the goals of Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence, is to meet or exceed 95 percent on-time service performance for all mail and shipping products once all elements of the plan are implemented. Service performance is defined by the Postal Service as the time it takes to deliver a mailpiece or package from its acceptance into our system through its delivery, as measured against published service standards.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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