“The Postal Service Emerges as Shipping Powerhouse for Small Businesses” on Entrepreneur.com


By Harry Whitehouse

The other week I was reading an article about how shipping carriers fared over the holidays. FedEx and United Parcel Service were mentioned, but noticeably absent was the U.S. Postal Service.

As someone who works closely with the U.S. Postal Service and developed technology to print its shipping labels from home, this baffled me. The postal service delivered 524 million packages in December (an 18 percent increase over 2013) versus UPS and FedEx's projected 585 million and 290 million respectively. (The latter two companies haven't released their figures yet.)

Of that 524 million, a record 28 million were delivered in a single day -- December 22 -- ensuring that packages arrived in time for Christmas. So why then when people speak about shipping carriers, is the postal service mentioned as an afterthought, if at all?

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