Holiday mail rush won't solve USPS financial crisis

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 12/13/2013 12:00 am

Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The USPS will deliver more than 17 billion cards, letters and packages this holiday season, but those numbers don't change the company's financial crisis.

John Allison, the Supervisor at the Reno P & DC Plant says sorting and delivering holiday mail is a huge undertaking, “We’re going to average throughout this whole facility, this facility alone, about 2 million pieces a night between letter mail, parcels and express mail.”

Nationwide, more than 545 million pieces of mail will be sorted each day and more than 17 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

While computers do a lot of the sorting these days, you can’t forget the people behind the scenes. Allison says, “Some of these people are putting in 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.”

Allison added, “By the time we’re done here we will process about 20 million pieces.”

But even after the last piece of mail is sorted and delivered the reality is the 2014 fiscal year will likely end just as the previous seven years have: losing billions of dollars.

The 2013 fiscal year alone ended with a net loss of $5 billion, for a grand total of $46.5 billion in the red since 2007.

For a year by year break down of the USPS financial crisis visit: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/welcome.htm



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