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Big winner

Central Area grabs USPS Connect Local Cup

From left, Stan Franke, Central Area customer relations manager; Sheila Clay, Central Area customer relations program manager; and Susan McGowan, small-business senior specialist, with the USPS Connect Local Cup.

Central Area is the winner of the USPS Connect Local Cup challenge.

Employees from all four Postal Service areas submitted a total of 7,592 sales leads for the new USPS Connect Local delivery option during fiscal year 2022.

USPS Connect Local, which began a national rollout in February, offers businesses affordable next-day delivery in select locations, with same-day delivery, Sunday delivery and pickup options in each state.

The USPS Small Business Solutions team launched a competition in March to see which Postal Service area could submit the most employee leads for USPS Connect Local by the end of the fiscal year.

The Small Business Solutions team had set a target of 5,000 employee-submitted USPS Connect Local leads by Sept. 30. The areas beat that target by more than 2,500 leads.

Each of the four areas had a target number of leads, based on the USPS Connect Local rollout schedule. The area with the highest percentage above its target would be awarded the USPS Connect Local Cup.

Central Area won by submitting more than 2,300 Connect Local leads, which was 475 percent above its target.

“We’re super proud of how employees from all four areas helped drive awareness and adoption of Connect Local by identifying potential customers and submitting leads,” said Susan McGowan, a small-business senior specialist at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “Central Area really jumped at the chance to promote the service, which gives small business direct access to the unmatched USPS network.”

More information about USPS Connect Local — as well as the new USPS Connect Regional, USPS Connect National and USPS Connect Returns offerings — can be found at the USPS Connect website.