Last year’s MAILCOM in Philadelphia sold out in weeks, as the mail industry finally recovered from the Great Recession.
Further proof the industry is growing: MAILCOM ’17 will return to Philadelphia, but this time will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the former Reading Train Terminal (pictured above). Click for Conference Information
The buzz is back at MAILCOM.
“Last year’s conference felt like the old days,” said Lance Humphries, CMDSM, Managing Director. “Attendees were excited and motivated, and exhibitors were impressed with the buying interest. There was a definite buzz in Philadelphia.”
Now in its 37th year, MAILCOM’s first conference was in 1981 in the World Trade Center in New York City. It moved to Atlantic City in the 1990’s, where the annual convention stayed until 2010. After going on the road to Washington and Atlanta, MAILCOM selected Philadelphia’s Old City Hall Annex for its 2016 event.
“We knew it would be tight at the City Hall Annex, but had no idea we would sell out so fast,” Humphries said.
The solution for 2017 was right across the street. The former Reading Train Terminal had been converted into the front hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The top floors hold the exhibition hall and seminar rooms. The bottom continues the historic Reading Terminal Market, a vast hall of multi-ethnic food and delicacy stores that is one of Philadelphia’s original public markets.
The location in Center City is a hit with attendees. “I love being in downtown Philadelphia,” said Marianne Houston, National Postal Operations Manager, Gannett Publishing Services, after attending MAILCOM ’16. “It’s a great location and excellent place for a convention.”
MAILCOM ’17 will run April 10-12, 2017 in Philadelphia. The Marriott Downtown — which is connected by a skywalk to the convention center — will serve as the host hotel.
Nearly 100 expert-led sessions, workshops, and keynotes will be presented on all things mail and distribution. Professional certification programs, including MCOM, CMDSM, and MCM, will be offered.
The exhibition hall will be in the center of it all, holding the Franklin Theater for keynote presentations as well as two on-the-floor session areas.
“I never leave MAILCOM without increasing my knowledge and network of professionals,” Houston remarked after the last conference.
Advanced registration is now open for MAILCOM ’17 with special discounted rates.