Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trends in Global Mail Volume

The trend of mail volume in the United States is a subject that’s under constant review by stakeholders of the mail service. While it’s a good idea to keep an eye on our own direction, it’s worthwhile to take a look at overall global trends in the mailing industry to see how we compare.

 Much of the global slowdown in mail volume began in 2006. At that point in time, world-wide postal services delivered 433 billion pieces to addresses across the globe. U.S. volume consisted of almost half of that figure at 213 billion pieces. As of 2010, global volume shrunk to 376 billion or just under 14 percent. Total mail volume for the U.S. during that same year shrunk to 171 billion pieces, or approximately 20 percent.

 Mail volume shrinkage is projected to continue affecting global delivery for the foreseeable future. Although the percentage decline of U.S. vs. global volume fell at a slightly faster rate, the U.S. continues to represent more than 40 percent of total global mail volume.

Where do you see global volume figures by the year 2020?

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