Moving ahead

The Postal Service has another busy year in 2023.

On Jan. 22, USPS will raise Shipping Services product prices approximately 3.6 percent for Priority Mail service and 6.6 percent for Priority Mail Express service.

The organization has announced plans for 23 stamp releases next year, kicking off with Jan. 5 releases of the Red Fox and School Bus stamps.

Year of the Rabbit, the latest Lunar New Year stamp, will be released Jan. 12, and this year’s two Love stamps will be released Jan. 19.

The Combined Federal Campaign is slated to conclude Jan. 14.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is scheduled for May 13, and the National Postal Forum — the mailing industry’s largest annual meeting — is slated for May 21-24 in Charlotte, NC.

The Postal Service is tentatively slated to recognize National Dog Bite Awareness Week in June; National Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Week in November; and USPS Motor Vehicle Safety Month in December.

The USPS and other federal agencies will observe the newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, on June 19.

Meanwhile, Independence Day will fall on a Tuesday in 2023 and Christmas Day will fall on a Monday, as will New Year’s Day 2024.

Growing the business

The Chief Commerce and Business Solutions organization is seeking employees for a new team that will support commercial strategy across the Postal Service.

The New Business Acquisition team will report to Shibani Gambhir, business development vice president, and consist of 17 employees.

It will be divided into two functions:

• Business development strategy and support, which will use market research and insights to generate new shipping volumes and new customer acquisition.

• Major accounts, which will sell shipping services and cultivate long-term relationships with well-known brands to generate volume and revenue, helping to put the Postal Service on a more solid financial footing.

Employees with a background in industrial engineering, marketing, sales, market research, business development, network and logistics operations, strategic planning, project management and data analytics are particularly encouraged to apply.

A virtual event will be held for employees to learn more about the job openings on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern.

Completing an online registration form is required to attend.

Openings for the team will be posted in eCareer on Blue in mid-January. Career nonbargaining employees are eligible to apply.

Attending the Jan. 11 virtual event is voluntary and not a requirement to apply.

Ad addition

A lead from a letter carrier in California has resulted in an advertising deal worth $77,000.

While delivering mail, Isaac Martinez, who works at the Mission City New Post Office, noticed an advertisement for a business being distributed in the community by another company.

He passed on the information to his managers, who then submitted the information through Customer Connect, a joint USPS and National Association of Letter Carriers program that encourages participants to identify sales opportunities.

USPS sales representatives followed up with the customer and closed an Every Door Direct Mail and targeted Direct Mail deal worth $77,000 in new estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service.

“Isaac took notice of the advertisement and realized that USPS could help this business communicate its message better,” said Lou DeRienzo, a small-business senior specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “By mentioning this to his managers, Isaac was able to help this business and increase revenue for USPS.”

Sales generated from Customer Connect leads are included in the USPS Delivering for Main Street campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30.

Postal employees with ACE access can submit leads through the new Employee Lead Entry site on Blue by selecting the “Submit a Lead” link under “Featured Topics.” All other employees can access the lead entry site through LiteBlue by selecting “Submit a Lead” under the “Resource Index” tab.

Customer 360 users can click on “Submit a Lead” to access the lead entry site on that platform. Letter carriers who use a mobile delivery device, or MDD, can enter leads while on street mode, under option “U.” Business Connect Portal users have to enter a lead through the lead entry site if an activity requires sales assistance or has resulted in a sale.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about Customer Connect and the other employee lead programs: Business Connect, Clerks Care, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.