USPS holiday prep reflects strategic investments
The Postal Service has made critical investments in personnel, technology and its network footprint in advance of the 2022 holiday season.
Preparations began in January and build on the investments and organizational strategy improvements made ahead of the successful 2021 holiday mailing and shipping season. These measures are part of Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year strategic plan.
“Successfully delivering for the holidays is a cornerstone of our Delivering for America 10-year plan,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “Thanks to the 655,000 women and men of the Postal Service, recent investments, and operational precision improvements, we are ready to be the most used delivery provider this holiday season.”
The peak season preparations include:
• Converting 100,000 part-time employees to full-time career employees since January 2021, including 41,000 who have been converted since January 2022.
• Hiring an additional 28,000 peak season employees, with aggressive hiring efforts continuing.
• Expanded capacity and processing to nearly 60 million packages every day this holiday season, compared with 53 million in 2021.
• Deploying 249 new package processing machines across the nation since January 2021, including 137 that have been installed this year.
• The addition of 8.5 million square feet across 52 annexes and facilities. These facilities are strategically located throughout the nation to augment space shortages at existing postal facilities.
• Having 222,682 fleet vehicles ready to deliver for the holidays. To handle holiday package volume, 1,900 additional trailers have been leased for the peak season. Additionally, precision in USPS processing operations enables trucks to leave on time and mail and packages to get to destinations in a quicker and more cost-effective manner.
• The addition of new technology, including more than 6,000 computer tablets that have been deployed on workroom floors to better equip processing and delivery supervisors with tracking and move mail and packages expeditiously.
• As USPS prepares for the holiday peak season, service performance across all mail categories is strong and steady. On average, it takes just 2.4 days for a mailpiece or package to be delivered across the postal network.
The Sept. 12 news release has more information.