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Information technology


The Postal Service has one of the world’s largest computer networks — linking nearly 32,000 facilities and making communication possible between hundreds of thousands of employees and hundreds of systems.

  • With one of the largest corporate email systems, the Postal Service handles more than 11.5 million legitimate emails a day delivered to more than 214,000 email accounts.
  • There are 1,900 remote locations within the postal system that receive Internet service via satellite.
  • Our communications network supports and maintains more than 145,000 desktop computers, 23,000 notebook computers, 81,000 printers, 12,500 smart-phones, 112,000 phone lines and 310,000 hand-held scanners.
  • The Postal Service has 35 petabytes of storage capacity — equivalent to playing more than 88,700 years of songs on an MP3 player with no repeats.
  • Nearly 97,000 meetings per month are hosted online, representing more than 26 million minutes of conference time.
  • The Postal Service maintains 45,700 point-of-sale terminals and 2,850 self-service retail kiosks nationwide supported by the IT team.
  • There are nearly 1.3 million email messages blocked monthly due to viruses and more than 210,000 blocked due to content.
  • More than 381 million credit and debit card transactions are processed annually through IT systems in Post Offices and through usps.com.
  • There were 1.5 billion page views on usps.com in 2015.

Decoding the Code.

The Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP) Code was launched in 1963 to better handle increasing volumes of mail. The first number in the code represents a general geographic area of the nation, “0” in the East, moving to “9” in the West. The next two numbers represent regional areas, and the final two identify specific Post Offices. The ZIP+4 Code was introduced in 1983. The extra four numbers allow mail to be sorted to a specific group of streets or to a high-rise building. In 1991, two more numbers were added so that mail could be sorted directly to a residence or business. Today, the use of ZIP Codes extends far beyond the mailing industry, and they are a fundamental component in the nation’s 911 emergency system.

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