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Overlooking the Cape Fear River of Downtown Wilmington, NC, five Postal Customer Councils joined together for a National PCC Day event on Thursday, September 26th, 2019. More than one hundred participants came from throughout NC, and from MA, MD, VA, IL and Washington, DC. The Greater Wilmington Area PCC hosted the Greater Charlotte PCC, Greater Triad PCC, Greater Triangle PCC and Western Area PCC of Asheville members, guests, Vendors, Sponsors and USPS Speakers and employees for this event-filled day. Forty-five percent of the participants represented Industry leaders and employees, many of whom were attending multiple PCC events during the week.

Master of Ceremonies, Glen Swyers, of Classic Graphics and the Greater Charlotte PCC Industry Co-Chair opened the event with a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Color Guard presentation. The Capital Metro Area Vice President, Linda Malone welcomed the attendees and expressed the Post Office interests in partnering with industry for marketing and mailing success.

Keynote Speaker, Chief Operating Officer, David Williams, engaged the audience with his State of the Business presentation: USPS Delivers the Customer Journey. Mr. Williams introduced the 2019 PCC Week PMG message: Your Engagement and Leadership Makes a Difference, as he encouraged the listeners to “give mail a fresh look”. Mr. Williams explained how innovations like Digitally Enhanced Mail, Informed Delivery, and Informed Visibility are transforming mail. The session was closed with David Williams and Linda Malone presenting PCC Premier Awards to the PCCs represented at the event.

Participants enjoyed a continental breakfast, a catered lunch, and afternoon snacks to keep them “fueled” for Leo Raymond’s Postal “big picture” from an industry perspective, and for political mail and academic outreach programs. One industry leader commented: “I really enjoyed the day and had lots of takeaway actions to follow-up on”.

The afternoon session’s sparked interest, as members of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, Emergency Response Team presented an Active Shooter program for the audience. Additionally, the owner of a new Augmented Reality Application company, AVO Insights, inspired young and old to look at the future of the direct mail experience.

At the close of the day, NPF raffle tickets were drawn for the Industry participants, along with many door prizes. Postmaster and Greater Wilmington Area Postal Co-Chair, Chris Spann closed the day with local award plaques for the annual sponsors of the GWAPCC and thanked the Postal Customer Councils and attendees for their participation.

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Next Generation Campaign Awards 2020

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Celebrating Innovative Direct Mail

There will two categories in 2020:

  • The Grand Champion trophy will be awarded to the most innovative and effective campaign that leverages Informed Delivery.
  • The Innovative B2B Campaign Award will go to the best B2B campaign.

The contest is free to enter. The entry deadline is February 14th. Winners will be announced at the National Postal Forum in April in Orlando.

to enter the contest:

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USPS National and North Carolina News

News from USPS National and USPS North Carolina region.
RALEIGH, NC — The U.S. Postal Service will relocate the Cameron Village Post Office to a yet-to-be-determined location as close as reasonably possible to the current site.
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of Wild Orchids with stamps of flowers that grow in the United States. The stamp art highlights photos taken by photographer Jim Fowler. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps.
In February 2020, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Let’s Celebrate! stamp for any joyous occasion. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a new job or retirement, this stamp will help mark the occasion.
GREENSBORO, NC – The Postal Service will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Post Offices will be closed and there will be no mail delivery with the exception of Priority Mail Express, which is available 365 days a year.
The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a stamp honoring golfer Arnold Palmer (1929–2016), who rose from humble beginnings to become a champion.
MONTEREY PARK, CA — The U.S. Postal Service today marked the beginning of the Lunar New Year by issuing a new Forever stamp celebrating the Year of the Rat. The stamp was dedicated during opening ceremonies of the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the nation. The public is asked to share news of the stamp using the hashtag #LunarNewYear.
WASHINGTON – The Governors of the United States Postal Service are conducting a thorough, nationwide search for a successor to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, who announced her intent to retire effective Jan. 31, 2020. To facilitate the search and transition process, the Postmaster General has agreed to delay her retirement date.
CHARLOTTE, NC — Many consumers are in a sprint to the finish getting their holiday gifts and greetings in the mail. This week is anticipated to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 2.5 billion pieces of mail, including packages, this week alone.
GREENSBORO, NC — Post Offices nationwide will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1. All Post Offices will be open after the holidays, and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
CHARLOTTE, NC — As an added customer convenience during the holiday season, select Post Offices throughout North Carolina will be open extended hours and additional days during December.