Sunday, December 03, 2006

Thank your mail carrier

The Postal Service will deliver 20 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

On average, the Postal Service processes 670 million pieces of mail every day. On the peak holiday mailing day, Dec. 18, that volume will increase to 900 million pieces of mail. On that day alone.

On average, Netflix ships 1.4 million DVDs each day.

According to my calculations, Netflix makes up .2%, that's two-tenths of one percent, of the average daily volume of mail. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

We have an amazingly efficient, inexpensive postal system, and I want to thank you postal workers for bringing me my Netflix every day.


  1. You get Netflix delivery every day? I wish I did. You must be on a larger plan.

    And yes, you're calculations are correct. 0.2% of one percent is 0.002 (2 thousandths). So 1 out of every 500 pieces of mail is Netflix.

  2. Well, no, I get a movie from Netflix 3 days a week. I'm on the 3-out plan.