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Letter carrier scanning

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.56 percent during the week ending Dec. 1, down from one week earlier.

Dakotas (98.77 percent) topped the districts, while Western (97.83 percent) led the areas.

Scanning allows customers to track their packages and mail. It also helps USPS improve efficiency and network management.

To see the latest results, go to the Enterprise Analytics site and select “Analytics Tools,” followed by “DES 2 — Scan Performance.”

Cookies ’n stamps. A new holiday stamp is available for customers who use USPS self-service kiosk machines.

The stamp — which features a close-up image of the decorated cookies that appear on one of this year’s Christmas Carols stamps — is only available for purchase during the holidays at Post Offices with self-service kiosks in their retail lobbies.

Link needs your help. Link is planning a story about the preservation of a time-honored tradition: mailing greeting cards to family and friends during the holidays.

Do you know someone who still sends holiday cards? If so, we may be interested in speaking to him or her.

Send us an email at and we’ll be in touch.

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