Very little change adds value to direct mail.
First-Class letters were delivered on time 94.61% of the time using current standards, virtually unchanged from last week . Same deal for First-Class flats, delivered on time 92.16% of the time. Looks stable to us.
Marketing Mail Letters kept on keeping on with 96.72% of letters delivered on time. Marketing Mail Flats were delivered on time 94.17% of the time.
Average Intra-SCF delivery time was 2.10 days for Marketing Mail letters, 2.21 days for Marketing Mail flats. Better than last week.
Slowest SCFs for Intra-SCF letters, delivery week of 3/14: (10,000 pieces minimum)
- Tallahassee, FL: 4.22 days
- Memphis, TN: 3.89 days
- Hartford, CT: 3.80 days
- Abilene, TX: 1.49 days
- Iron Mountain, MI: 1.50 days
- San Diego, CA: 1.50 days
A letter-size piece from California to Maryland, on average, took:
· First-Class: 3.77 days
· Marketing Mail: 7.92 days
Generally good weather across the country made for another strong week.
MAP OF THE WEEK
Here’s a nice view of the impact of the October 1, 2021 standards change for First-Class mail. The map on the left shows overall performance in a state for the past ten months. The map on the right is just using data from the last two weeks. Two days turned into three days in a lot of states. Otherwise, nothing dramatic.