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The Long Leaf Pine meeting room at UNCW was the setting for a recent GWAPCC event. The Greater Wilmington Area PCC (GWAPCC) held a Lunch & Learn event on Informed Delivery – Informed Visibility in a venue named after Wilmington's own nickname as the Port City. Attendees had views of the Fisher Student Center and the Campus Life courtyard.

The participants were welcomed to the University of NC Wilmington by Samuel Nevarez, UNCW Postal Services Supervisor and GWPCC Secretary.

GWAPCC Postal Co-Chair, Chris Spann (Wilmington Postmaster) and GWAPCC Industry Co-Chair, Brad Donnell (Owner Linprint Company) welcomed more than 24 participants; some who came from as far away as Cary, Jacksonville and Fayetteville, NC. Attendees included printers, marketers, large mailers and independently owned mailroom executives.

The GWAPCC Co-Chairs spoke on the benefits of membership and sponsorship of the PCC organization. On hand to answer questions from the audience were Josh Kelly, USPS HQ Sr. Account Rep. and GWAPCC Treasurer, as well as Beverly Hall, USPS Mailing Standards Specialist.

USPS Mailing and Shipping Executive, Linda Gordon, explained to the audience how Informed Delivery integrates hardcopy mail and digital marketing, providing interactivity for customers. She shared how the USPS is responding to consumers’ increasing desire to interact and communicate digitally with their mail. One marketer indicated, on his event evaluation, that the information provided will be very beneficial for his clients.

Special guest speaker, USPS Postal Inspector and Wilmington/Raleigh Team Leader, Michael Carroll was introduced and spoke on the topics of Identity theft and security. He addressed security concerns of the Informed Delivery application and program. Mr. Carroll had the full attention of the audience, as he engaged them with questions, statistics, and prizes.

During a lunch break, attendees participated in a networking challenge to collect as many business cards as they could from each other. They also listened to an informational video about the upcoming National Postal Forum (NPF) and received registration booklets and coupons.

The event closed with the selection of a door prize winner and a networking challenge winner, as well as new GWAPCC members and potential sponsors. Feedback from event evaluations was extremely positive and encouraging. The GWAPCC is excited to get busy planning its next event. Stay tuned……

USPS National and North Carolina News

News from USPS National and USPS North Carolina region.
CHARLOTTE, NC — COVID-19 has changed many daily routines, but delivering mail and packages is not one of those changes. To help keep the public and employees safe during this time, the Postal Service is adapting delivery procedures to promote social distancing. USPS continues to follow the strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments.
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CHARLOTTE, NC — You don’t have to go to the Post Office to use many postal products and services. In fact, most simple tasks can be done from the convenience and safety of your home with or without a computer.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service today announced two new stamp subjects for 2020. Details about the stamp dedication ceremonies and dates these new products will be available to purchase will be announced soon. All images are preliminary and are subject to change prior to printing.
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WASHINGTON, DC — Complementary in design, organic floral designs grace the newest stamps offered by the U.S. Postal Service. The Contemporary Boutonniere and Garden Corsage stamps are available for purchase nationwide April 2.
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet in open session on April 1, 2020, at 12 noon ET. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:
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The U.S. Postal Service dedications of the following previously announced Forever stamps will be canceled due to the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to avoid social gatherings of 10 people or more:
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The U.S. Postal Service dedication of the Maine Statehood Forever stamp, scheduled for March 15, 2020, will be delayed due to the postponement of the host event, the Maine Statehood Day Ceremony in Augusta, ME. The Maine Statehood Forever stamp will still be available for purchase starting Sunday, March 15.
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CHARLOTTE, NC — The U.S. Postal Service will host a Gwen Ifill stamp dedication on March 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, located at 3400 Beatties Ford Road.
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CHARLOTTE, NC – The Greater Charlotte Postal Customer Council (PCC) is hosting an event to Celebrate America’s Mailing Industry with business leaders and mailing industry experts. The Greater Charlotte PCC was named PCC of the Year in 2017 and continues to win regional and national awards annually.
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BROADWAY, NC – To help customers prepare for their international travel, the Broadway Post Office, located at 101 S. Main St., will host a passport fair on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 8 to 11 a.m.
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