First, let's look at the U.S. Postal Service as a business. The U.S. Postal Service has 221,000 vehicles, 36,000 Post Offices, Branches, and Stations. The Postal Service also took in 75 billion dollas in revenue in 2008.
This would rank the U.S. Postal Service as 26th in the Fortune 500, if it was ranked as a private sector company. In a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, The U.S. Postal Service was rated by the American Public as the most trusted government agency.
The Postal Service has a long reach. They deliver to more than 149 million residences, businesses, and post office boxes in every state, city, and town in the country.
As seen in their recent advertisements, the U.S. Postal Service is targeting their Overnight and Priority 2-3 day small package delivery. The Postal Service offers some advantages with no residential surcharge, free Saturday delivery, and competitive rates.
Postal Service customers can ship packages at their local Post Office, or ship online for convenience and reduced rates. Shipping online is easy; you just need a printer and labels, which can be ordered through the USPS website.
For even more savings, the Postal Service has partnered with a few select companies for their small package service. These companies provide customers with the ability to pay, print, ship, and track their shipments all from one website. There is no charge for the service and deeper discounts are available.