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What is the Difference Between UPS and USPS

What is the Difference Between UPS and USPS
What is the Difference Between UPS and USPS

What is the Difference Between UPS and USPS

It is very easy to confuse UPS and USPS because of their acronyms, but they are two different companies. If you need to ship a package, you should know what the differences are between them.
USPS is the acronym for the United States Postal Service. This government agency was founded almost 250 years ago, in 1775, as a federal entity. USPS, also known as the postal service or US Mail, offers domestic mail delivery services. It is funded by its delivery services and the sale of postage stamps.

UPS is the acronym for the United Parcel Service, Inc. Founded in 1907 as a publicly traded company, UPS offers logistics services, courier express, and freight forwarding. It is one of the largest package delivery companies in the world.

USPS has strict guidelines in terms of the size and weight of the package, but UPS delivers packages of virtually any size. UPS focuses on commercial deliveries, while USPS has a long history of trading with residential customers.

Today, priority mail delivered by both companies takes two to three business days to get delivered, but a common package might take up to two weeks before it is delivered to the recipient. In fact, it was USPS that created the concept of express mail.

In terms of rate, both USPS and UPS offer competitive prices. A few other existing private delivery services are more expensive, but they may offer other services and faster shipping. For example, FedEx developed the concept of overnight mail.


Founded in 1907, UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and provider of transportation and logistics services. The company provides a powerful competitive advantage that can help business owners earn repeat customers and grow their businesses.

In 1907, there was a great need in North America for private messengers and delivery services. To help meet this need, an enterprising young man named James E. (“Jim”) Casey, borrowed $100 from a friend and established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington. Jim recalled later that there were quite a few messenger services already in the Seattle area, some of which he had worked for in the past.

Initially the company worked from its basement headquarters. The messengers ran errands, delivered packages, and carried notes, baggage, and trays of food from restaurants. Employees made most deliveries on foot, and used bicycles for longer trips. Only a few automobiles were in existence at that time, and the department stores of the day still used horses and wagons for merchandise delivery.

It wasn’t until 1913 that the United States Parcel Post system was established by Jim and his partner, Claude Ryan. Jim´s brother, George, and a handful of other teenagers were the company´s messengers. The company did well despite stiff competition, largely because of Jim Casey´s strict policies of customer courtesy, reliability, round-the-clock service, and low rates. These principles, which guide the transportation giant even today, have been summarized by this slogan launched by Jim Casey: “Best service and lowest rates.”

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  1. Deanna

    July 3, 2018 at 06:18

    Your poor service is very problematic on the Kenai Peninsula. It would be nice if you could fire these carriers and get people who enjoy having a good job to do the work requested. I’ve yet to receive a package without some problem on the part of your employees. It’s very frustrating Deanna Miller

    • Deanna is an IDIOT!

      January 24, 2019 at 20:04

      Well, you’re stupid! Seriously! Replying to a blog post giving information about a government agency and a separate company as if it were the comment section for one of those organizations makes me laugh. Do you think either is reading it? Have they reached out to you or taken action based on your issue? Haha! Nope… because you’re a dumbass!

  2. Jack

    January 3, 2019 at 05:50

    I’ve received packages from the USPS with UPS labels/stickers 🏷 on them. If they’re completely different companies how does that happen???

    • Lana

      January 5, 2019 at 15:55

      No idea. They are not even partners, but may be one of them doesn’t deliver packages to a certain destination and partners in specific (very rare) case?

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