Andrew Schneider is an MBA student at George Washington University, and he's tried to break down how much each portion of our processes costs to mail a 44 cent stamp.
Here's his analysis, as printed in the Washington Post.
Not all of the categories are clear and some appear to be redundant, but here's what he showed:
* Sorting labor, 10 cents
* Delivery labor, 7 cents
* Facility/vehicle maintenance, 2 cents
* Fuel/transportation, 1 cent
* Buildings, equipment, vehicles, 2 cents
* Retiree pension/health, 2 cents
* Misc. expense, 8 cents
* Overhead, 16 cents
Total: 48 cents.
That means we lose 4 cents on every letter.
Care to comment?