THE IMPACT OF A CHANGE OF STANDARDS IN ONE CHART
A solid, if uneventful, week in mail delivery. First-Class letters were good not great with on-time performance of almost 92%. Other categories were better than the previous week, and our First-Class flats sample anomaly appears to have resolved itself. This week we’re going to do a little historical comparison of the larger trends we see in delivery.
In June 2021, the average First-Class letter delivered in 2.64 days. In June 2022, that piece has slowed to 2.92 days. Still, those slower letters showed a better on-time percentage at 95.7% vs 88.6% on time last year, even though this year’s mail was slower. No big surprise here – the standards were changed. Interestingly, Flats traveled faster in 2022, even with lower standards – 3.22 days in transit in 2022, vs 3.33 in 2021.
Marketing Mail letters sped up just a touch from June 2021 – 2.54 days to 2.53 days. We said it was just a touch. Marketing Mail flats were dramatically improved year-over-year. Average delivery time was reduced from 3.36 days to 2.73 days. As we mentioned last week, USPS seems to be doing a great job with flat mail.
As for our regular stats, for the week beginning June 27, 2022, First-Class letters were delivered on time 91.57% of the time, a not-so-great number. First-Class flats were delivered on time 94.18% of the time. We continue to see flats outperforming last year.
For USPS Marketing Mail, Letters were delivered on time an excellent 96.97%of the time. Marketing Mail Flats were delivered on time 95.45% of the time.
Average Intra-SCF delivery time was 2.13 days for Marketing Mail letters, 2.06 days for Marketing Mail flats.
CHART OF THE WEEK
This week we compare basic delivery stats, June 2021 vs June 2022. “22_On-Time%” is using newer standards implemented October 2021. “On_Time%” uses the older standards.