Welcome to second day of this week of busting postal myths. We are echoing the points made in PMG Jack Potter’s Washington Post editorial earlier this month.
Yesterday we talked about the “taxpayer supported” myth.
Today, we’ll address Myth #2: “The Postal Service is inefficient”
Did you know that ten years ago, it took 70 employees one hour to sort 35,000 letters? Today, in that same hour, just two employees process that same volume of mail.
Though the number of addresses in the nation has grown by nearly 18 million in the past decade, the number of employees who handle the increased delivery load has decreased by more than 200,000.
We deliver half of the world’s mail volume at one of the lowest prices.
Since 2002, the Postal Service has cut costs by $43 billion, including $9 billion last year. We’ve done it through workforce and overtime reduction, renegotiation of supplier contracts, consolidation of facilities, closing of administrative offices, and cuts in travel and supplies.
Losing money? Yes. Inefficient? Hardly.
What do you think about this myth? Comment here.
Tomorrow's myth. The Post Office is unreliable.