A SLOW WEEK FOR USPS, AND A NEW WAY TO DISPLY
The week beginning July 11, 2022, was one of those rare weeks when performance was worse in every category we measure.
For the week, First-Class letters were delivered on time just 88.1% of the time, while First-Class flats were only delivered on time 83.7% of the time. These are bad numbers.
For USPS Marketing Mail, Letters were delivered on time 96.70% of the time. Marketing Mail Flats were delivered on time 95.70% of the time. These were only slight declines.
Average Intra-SCF delivery time was 2.18 days for Marketing Mail letters, 2.10 days for Marketing Mail flats.
Beginning this week, we will be including all of this data in a single chart that needs lots of asterisks and explanation.
The chart shows results for last week (as usual), the current month to date, and the year to date. Our objective is to give some context to the current week’s data, and to allow for spotting trends. You don’t need to be a mathematician to see that the last week was much worse than average for First-Class Mail, and close to average for Marketing Mail.
Average delivery days is relevant for First-Class Mail, and less so for Marketing Mail. There is no average for Marketing Mail, as transportation can be handled so differently from one job to the next. Most of our customers optimize the handling of their mail – they are generally very sophisticated mailers, so these are the cream of the cream in terms of mail preparation.
For more detailed planning, our subscribers can check delivery time from one entry point to other sites across the country.
Look for us to continue to evolve our reporting here, as well as developing much more robust reporting for our clients.