The Curious Ups and Downs of Mail Volume Declines

May 4, 2015
Author: Judy Wolf

The following article, published by the USPS Office of Inspector General, describes the nuances of fluctuating mail volume...

The Midwest is the nation’s “breadbasket.” New England has its Patriots. Appalachia loves its bluegrass music. And it never rains in Southern California. We all associate certain things with different regions of the country. Now, it seems, one of those things is mail volume.

The decline in mail volume may be more nuanced than some realized, data in the new U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG)  white paper suggests. A close look into the geographic details reveals the rate of First-Class Mail(FCM) decline varies widely by location. So widely, in fact, that the U.S. Postal Service should keep it in mind as it right-sizes its network and considers new products and services.

Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? In Dallas, the percent of FCM volume lost was far greater than 61 percent, while in other areas – like Charleston, WV – it was close to zero. Moreover, the rate of decline is slowing or has even stopped in many of the areas that have lost the most mail volume.