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Busting myths about the U.S. Postal Service

Posted: September 3, 2012 - 9:04am

The Postal Service has been in the news a lot lately. Sometimes the information isn’t entirely accurate. It’s time to dispel common myths associated with the Postal Service.

Myth: The Postal Service wastes taxpayer dollars.

Fact: the Postal Service receives NO Tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage and other products and services to fund operations. We’re required by law to cover our costs. And it’s been that way for more than 30 years.

Myth: The Postal Service is inefficient.

Fact: Ten years ago, it took 70 employees one hour to sort 35,000 letters — today, it takes two. U.S. addresses have grown by more than 12 million in the past decade, while the number of postal routes has declined by 13,000 and the number of employees has declined by more than 200,000. That reduction in employees has been achieved without layoffs.

Myth: Mail is not reliable.

Fact: Independent quarterly surveys confirm the Postal Service has achieved record service reliability. On-time overnight delivery of single piece First-Class Mail is better than 96 percent. Mail is also trusted, safe and secure, as federal laws protecting the sanctity of the mail are enforced by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The Federal Trade Commission estimates approximately 2 percent of identity crimes occur through the mail. Theft of a wallet or purse is responsible for 5 percent — meaning your documents are safer in the mail than they are in your pocket.

Myth: The Postal Service is not environmentally friendly.

Fact: The Postal Service is a respected sustainability leader; promoting environmentally friendly practices long before doing so was encouraged or mandated. Last year we saved more than $34 million and generated $24 million in revenue by reducing energy, water, consumables petroleum fuel use and solid waste to landfills. USPS has won more than 75 environmental awards. It is the first federal agency and the first company in North America to receive the prestigious Gold Award from The Climate Registry for sustainability efforts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Myth: The Postal Service can’t compete with the private sector.

Fact: The Postal Service can and does compete. Our closest competitors, UPS and FedEx, pay us to deliver more than 400 million of their ground packages every year in residential areas and on Saturdays. In turn, we contract with UPS and FedEx for air transportation to take advantage of their comprehensive air networks.

Myth: Mail is no longer relevant.

Fact: While it is true that mail volumes have fallen 25 percent over the past 10 years, mail remains a great communication tool and the Postal Service is the backbone of a $900 billion industry. Regardless of geographic location, anyone can send a letter for just 45 cents anywhere in the United States and its territories. And last year, Americans did just that – The mail service was utilized – 168 billion times.

Joshua Phillips, Officer-in-Charge

Soldotna Post Office

Hector R. Rivera, Postmaster

Kenai Post Office

Jerry Nassen, Postmaster

Seward Post Office

Angel Haberman, Postmaster

Sterling Post Office

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JamesRowell
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JamesRowell 09/04/12 - 10:00 am
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Fact - Post Office

You can ONLY purchase stamps from the post office; yes you can buy stamps online and get novelty stamps that can be used for mail but they all come from the U.S. Post Office. So, my point or question would be how many millions of dollars are wasted on marketing this product to citizens? Why market a monopoly? You are the only game in town, why do you need a national T.V. campaign to let me know where I can buy stamps? This, in my humble opinion is waste to the highest degree.

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Allen 09/04/12 - 11:52 am
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Every Business Needs Marketing

James Rowell's comments are hypocritical. If we want the post office to run like a business then we should let them do what businesses do and that is advertise. And I for one am glad that the post office has a monopoly because those are jobs for Americans, and the USPS serves everyone regardless of income or location. Imagine our mail service if we left it to the private sector, it would be just like the airlines. $20 a stamp, delivery routes changing constantly and you could only get your mail from the nearest hub, not in your home town.

JamesRowell
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JamesRowell 09/04/12 - 01:30 pm
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On the contrary....

I couldn't agree more; my question is directed to the dollar amount spent unnecessarily on a product we have no competing outlet to purchase from. I certainly want to keep the jobs and as for private sector vs. public sector, I'll leave that for another day. I mainly wanted to emphasize the amount of money spent on something I feel needs no assistance in order to market. Consider, if you will you are in fact the only auto maker allowed to produce and / or sell cars in the U.S.; why do you feel you should have a fancy multi-million dollar ad campaign to rope in your consumers? "WE" the consumer would have no one else to buy from, you receive all the business for that product there is. Now the "If it fits, it ships" campaign; I understand putting out the message so people are kept up on the services offered but I just don't agree with marketing for stamps.

blockpusher
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blockpusher 09/04/12 - 01:40 pm
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FACTS???

"You can ONLY purchase stamps from the post office"....Maybe where YOU live. Where I live I can buy stamps at grocery stores and banks. You better go back and review your so called "facts"

JamesRowell
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JamesRowell 09/04/12 - 01:47 pm
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You are correct........

As I mentioned earlier, you can even buy stamps online or through a mailing service you subscribe to monthly; however all of the revenue generated from these sales no matter where they actually take place go to the U.S. Postal Service. So, you see it really doesn't matter "Where" you buy the stamps, they still come from the Post Office.

partygirl
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partygirl 09/04/12 - 03:03 pm
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Why we advertise...

Yes, it's
true we are the only Postal Service so why spend $$ on ads? Because we are competing against Fedex and UPS, trying to get people to ship with us instead of them. Simple.

JamesRowell
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JamesRowell 09/04/12 - 03:49 pm
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Once more

I am only talking about the marketing of postage stamps; I agree with advertising to highlight services. This was all mentioned in my earlier posts. I think I may have to just walk away from this one. I hope everyone has a wonderful day and an even better week.

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