Here’s why some shipments go on circuitous journeys.
The USPS spokesperson declined to give a misload rate for the postal service. But UPS, for one, currently misloads one-quarter of one percent of packages, or 1 out of 400, according to CEO Carol Tomé, speaking on an earnings call earlier this week. That means it’s possible that more than 150,000 packages are misloaded every day across the country.
Many of those will eventually make it to their destination, but after a longer than necessary route that wastes emissions and time, not to mention the extra cost for delivery companies.