USPS or the United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government that handles the postal and parcel services in the United States and associated states. The roots of USPS trace it back to 1775 and it was officially recognized as an independent agency, United States Postal Service in 1971. Currently, USPS is headquartered in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. USPS is under the compulsion to serve all American citizens at a uniform quality and price.
As of 2017, USPS has about 644,124 active employees making it the third-largest civilian employer in the United States and 211,264 operational vehicles as of 2014 making it one of the largest civilian vehicle fleets in the world. It is estimated that each day the USPS delivers about 660 million pieces of mail to as many as 142 million delivery points all over the US. As of 2017, there are about 30,825 USPS Post Offices in different parts of the US and delivers about 149.5 billion pieces of mail each year.
USPS is considered to be the world’s largest postal and parcel service, delivering about 47% of the world’s mail each year. USPS and the US Department of Defence together operate a postal service for the Military, the Army Post Office for Army & Air Force and the Fleet Post Office for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guards. USPS is the only company that has exclusive rights to the “U.S. Mail” letterboxes.
From the year 2000 to 2007, USPS had an increased in productivity each year, but since then, its revenue has been falling due to its strong competitors such as FedEx, Amazon, UPS which offers exactly the same services such as the delivery of urgent letters and packages.
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