There is a nice article in the Spring edition of Parcel magazine that refers to a new player in the small parcel shipping market – the United States Postal Service. The article’s author, Michael Ryan, concludes that the perceived differences in service between the USPS and UPS/Fed Ex are just that, perceived.

According to the article, USPS’ own reporting indicated an on-time service performance record of 96.4% in 2009, versus 99%+ for UPS and FedEx. On the surface there still appears to be a gap. However, Michael notes that USPS limits the amount of exclusions they make when reporting and refunding late packages. Exceptions (when a late delivery is not reported as late or does not receive a refund) only include significant events, such as “war, civil disturbance, weather, and acts of God”.

UPS and FedEx on the other hand, provide a laundry list of exceptions that are excluded from their on time service statistics, including mis-sorts and mis-scanned packages! So chances are if UPS or FedEx makes a mistake that results in your package not getting there on time, they aren’t going to report that as a late package. What does account for a missed delivery time? It’s hard to say. Incident/Accidents, Temporary Local Delays, and Origin Overlooked Package (whatever that is) are other reasons why you wouldn’t get a refund for a late delivery.

It’s good to know that USPS tries to keep their reporting as honest as possible. Based on the article, which can be found here, I will surely keep USPS in mind for future sourcing engagements. After all, the position the big two have taken in response to the sourcing process (more here) after DHL’s exit from the domestic market has made shippers hungry for another option.
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