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The Postal Service is reminding employees that commercial customers can forward mail to an alternate business address, a useful option for firms that have changed locations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Premium Forwarding Service Commercial allows customers with active PO Boxes or business street addresses to temporarily forward all mail in bulk to a new domestic business address using Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail.

Forwarded mail deliveries can be scheduled on a daily (Monday-Saturday), weekly or monthly basis. Customers receive delivery email notifications and USPS tracking numbers.

To enroll, business customers must have the following: a USPS Business Customer Gateway account, a PostalOne! permit, a USPS Centralized Accounting Payment System (CAPS) account, an Electronic Verification Service (eVS) account and a valid business address.

Customers may apply for the service online in the USPS Business Customer Gateway portal. A one-time enrollment fee of $20.10 is required. Applicable postage is charged for each shipment.

The Products and Services Blue page has more information for employees.

 

New customers

The Postal Service is ready to use direct mail campaigns to help businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic attract new customers.

The organization offers Online Direct Mail Experts, a usps.com page that can help small businesses and others develop direct mail marketing campaigns, often in fewer than 15 minutes.

Research shows these mailings are an effective way to get offers and other promotions into local households, especially when the business uses Every Door Direct Mail, a service that allows companies to map ZIP Codes and neighborhoods and filter them by the age, income and other demographics.

The Online Direct Mail Experts page lists professional services providers who can assist with campaign design, printing, list services, mail preparation, online payment and more.

Postal Service employees who work with business customers should go to usps.com/affiliates to learn more.

Cultural collector

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, an avid collector of books and other works written by people of African descent, helped preserve priceless cultural knowledge.

Schomburg (1874-1938) is one of four African-American literary figures who’ll be featured on Voices of the Harlem Renaissance, a stamp pane that USPS will release this week to honor one of the great artistic and literary movements in American history.

Schomburg, who was born in Puerto Rico of African descent, moved to New York City in 1891 and worked various jobs while learning English at night. From 1906-1929, while working at a Wall Street firm, Schomburg, now known as “Arthur,” honed his passion as an archivist of black history.

In 1911, he co-founded the Negro Society for Historical Research, an organization that collected historical data about people of African descent as well as their written works and artwork. Within a year, Schomburg had collected hundreds of books, documents and artifacts.

His collection grew to include thousands of books, letters and historical documents, including a Revolutionary War document from the Marquis de Lafayette to an enslaved spy and the almanacs of surveyor Benjamin Banneker.

During the Harlem Renaissance, the 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library system became a meeting place for black writers, artists and intellectuals.

In 1926, the library acquired Schomburg’s collection, which consisted of more than 2,900 bound volumes and 1,000 pamphlets, letters and other works. The Arthur A. Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and Art opened the following year.

After serving as curator of the black history collection at Fisk University in Tennessee, Schomburg returned to New York City in 1932. Until his death six years later, he served as curator of the New York Public Library collection that bore his name.

Today, the renamed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture consists of three buildings in Harlem that hold more than 10 million items.

The center, still part of the New York Public Library system, has also been named a national historic landmark.

This is the third of four profiles of the African American literary figures who’ll be featured on the Voices of the Harlem Renaissance stamps. Tomorrow: Anne Spencer.