In FY 2017, USPS spent $13.9 billion on outside purchases and rental payments, an increase of $181 million over last year. The biggest increase went to the top 10 USPS suppliers. That group received a total of $3.9 billion, up $400 million from last year and accounting for 28 percent of the Postal Service’s total spend. The Top 150 suppliers received $9.2 billion, about two-thirds of the agency’s total spend. Only 81 suppliers collected revenues exceeding $25 million in 2017.
As it has since 2002, Federal Express Corporation lands atop the list, this year with $1.61 billion in revenues—about a $68 million drop from its 2016 earnings. FedEx carries package and letter mail for the Postal Service. FedEx’s air cargo network contract with the Postal Service has been extended several times, and the latest extension takes it to September 29, 2024.
Mail haulers Hoovestol Inc. and its affiliated company Eagle Express Lines rolled into second place with $402 million in revenue. Much of this increase was due to Eagle absorbing the mail transportation contracts of Beam Bros. Inc. The fourth spot was filled by another mail hauler, Salmon Companies, Inc., with $314 million in revenue.
United Parcel Service, which provides air transportation and related services, rounded out the Top 10, with $171 million in revenue. The highest-ranked passenger airline was United Airlines, at no. 11, with $164 million revenue; the next highest passenger airline ranked was American Airlines, Inc. with $92 million. All three entities earned greater revenue from USPS than the prior year.
Technology companies also figured prominently in the Top 10 for FY 2017. EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation, which provides telecommunication and energy billing services, was ranked third with $402 million in revenue, though its revenue declined by $12 million from last year. Accenture Federal Services ranked sixth with $204 million in revenue, an increase of $14 million from last year.
HP Enterprise Services, LLC, a provider of computer equipment, was seventh with $198 million in revenue. Northrop Grumman Corporation, which operates the Postal Service’s central repair facility in Topeka, Kansas, rose to eighth place with $183 million in revenue. Other technology companies are not far behind, with IBM, Verizon, and Deloitte Consulting LLP again placing in the Top 20.
The only company in the Top 10 not providing technology or transportation-related items is packaging products supplier Victory Packaging. Victory boxed up $221 million in revenue, almost exactly the same amount as last year. Victory is responsible for fulfillment, distribution, warehousing, call center, and outbound transportation of USPS branded packaging products to Post Offices.
The complete list is available on our website; below are the top 10 suppliers (note that billing location is not necessarily the company’s primary location):
2017 TOP 10 USPS SUPPLIERS
|Rank||Company||FY16 Revenues ($)||Billing Location|
|1||Federal Express Corp.||1,610,032,667.51||Pasadena, CA|
|2||Eagle Express Lines, Inc. / Hoovestol, Inc.||452,429,404.39||South Holland, IL|
|3||EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation||402,457,507.23||Statesville, NC|
|4||Salmon Companies, Inc.||314,302,632.19||Little Rock, AR|
|5||Victory Packaging||221,231,326.34||Houston, TX|
|6||Accenture Federal Services||204,401,689.37||Chicago, IL|
|7||HP Enterprise Services, LLC||198,520,000.24||Plano, TX|
|8||Northrop Grumman Corporation / Solystic SAS||194,079,920.46||Merrifield, VA|
|9||Wheeler Bros., Inc.||179,731,008.40||Somerset, PA|
|10||United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS)||171,629,039.45||Louisville, KY|
Prior year Top 150 Lists