Guess who just celebrated an anniversary? The Postal Service. Yesterday marked 245 years since Congress created the United States Post Office Department. So, it seems fitting that today is the day we wrap up our series on the value of the Postal Service. This week’s blog focuses on the economic value the Postal Service adds to our country.
The COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders have shown us all the value of having mail and parcels delivered to our door, but even during normal times there are remote and rural communities that rely solely on the Postal Service to deliver their parcels year-round.
Who would have thought ideas meant to facilitate mail delivery would not only help nearly everyone in the country, but also boost the economy as well?
Take, for instance, the U.S. Postal Service’s Address Management System (AMS), a database of around 127 million deliverable addresses. Since its inception, the Postal Service has kept track of addresses to assure continuity and currency of location information. Every change-of-address that is filed – 36 million in 2019 alone – updates the AMS.