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The Postal Service’s Race for a $Billion campaign has ended, exceeding its goal by more than $200 million.

The initiative began Oct. 1, 2019, and aimed to raise $1 billion through employee-generated sales leads by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The $1 billion goal was passed on Aug. 12 and the final total now stands at $1.2 billion.

USPS employees across the nation provided more than 345,000 sales leads and other submissions through the Business Connect, Clerks Care, Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead programs.

The Sales team tracked the campaign’s progress on a weekly basis, both by lead program and by district.

Business Connect topped the lead programs, bringing in $406.4 million in revenue. Clerks Care was next, with $365.8 million, followed by Customer Connect ($223.4 million), Submit a Lead ($119.8 million), Rural Reach ($65.5 million) and Mail Handlers ($10 million).

Central Plains led the districts, bringing in more than $77.59 million in revenue. San Diego District placed second, with more than $52.6 million. Los Angeles District placed third, with $45.7 million. Detroit District came in fourth, with more than $40.9 million. Suncoast District placed fifth, with more than $40.4 million.

Rio Grande District ($40.3 million), Northern New Jersey District ($40.2 million), Dallas District ($34.7 million), South Jersey District ($32.8 million) and Greater Michigan District ($32.6 million) rounded out the top 10.

“Our employees — whether they deliver letters, serve customers at the counter or sort mail — are top-notch professionals,” said Mary Anderson, small-business engagement director at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “They know how the Postal Service can help our customers, and they really came through for USPS this year.”

A similar campaign last year brought in $990 million, surpassing a goal of $720 million.

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Service gifts

The Postal Service has released this year’s suggested mail-by dates for customers who want to send holiday letters and packages to diplomatic and military service members overseas.

The dates are listed in an Oct. 6 news release, along with details on ordering free military care kits and guidelines for addressing packages to Army/Air Post Offices, Fleet Post Offices and Diplomatic Post Offices.

USPS is also offering a reduced price on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail sent to military and diplomatic posts abroad.

Customers can obtain free Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes from Post Offices and the online Postal Store, while postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online using Click-N-Ship.

New home

The Mailpiece Incident Reporting Tool (MIRT) has a new home.

To access MIRT, go to Blue and select “Essential Links,” followed by the MIRT link.

MIRT previously was part of the Safety Toolkit, which USPS removed Sept. 30 and will replace with an improved website early next year.

MIRT is a database for reporting and documenting mailpiece-related findings, spills and hazardous-material incidents. This information is used to record the scope of incidents, determine the source of noncompliant shipments, guide hazardous-material-related policy development and keep the Postal Service network safe.

Employees who have questions should contact a manager or supervisor.