February 22, 2022   Dave Lewis

Happily Boring Performance Week     

USPS delivery performance bounced back to “OK” after a kind of terrible weather-driven performance the week before.  It’s a holiday report, so we’re grateful for dull.

First-Class letters were delivered on time 93.23% of the time using current standards (81.66% against last year’s standards, generating a big sigh of relief after last week’s performance).  First-Class flats were way, way better, delivered on time 92.16% of the time by the October standards.    By the prior standards they were delivered on time only 86.42% of the time.   See?  Boring.  Whew!

Marketing Mail Letters kept on keeping one with 95.19% of letters delivered on time.  Marketing Mail Flats were delivered on time 91.95% of the time.  Same old same old. 

Average Intra-SCF delivery time was 2.31 days for Marketing Mail letters, 2.28 days for Marketing Mail flats.  Pretty good local handling - again.

Slowest SCFs for Intra-SCF letters, delivery week of 2/14: (10,000 pieces minimum)

  • Memphis, TN:               7.43 days
  • Austin, TX:                    4.33 days
  • Ft Myers, FL:                 4.24 days

The fastest:

  • Van Nuys, CA:               1.53 days
  • San Diego, CA:              1.55 days
  • San Jose, CA:                1.58 days

A letter-size Valentine from California to Maryland, on average, took:

·        First-Class:           4.05 days
·        Marketing Mail:   10.87 days

With weather delays eased, Postal service performance seems to have moved back to OK, well sort of great.  As spring comes in and Omicron recedes, we hope to see a return to at least last summer’s performance.  We’ll see.

Graph of the Week:

Feb 21

You can see for yourself have First-Class on-time percentages have moved since last May.  Still a long way to go to regain anything close to last summer’s performance.  These all are measured against current USPS performance standards, introduced October 1, 2021.