Amazon and U.S. Postal Service to Team up for Sunday Delivery Trials in NYC, LA
November 11, 2013 9:54 AM
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Sunday delivery service will kick off in Los Angeles and New York City
Amazon announced recently that it is teaming up with U.S. Postal Service to make Sunday a package delivery day for Amazon Prime subscribers. The service will roll out initially in Los Angeles and the New York metropolitan area.
“As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option of having packages delivered on Sunday,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer.
“With this new service, the Postal Service is now delivering packages seven days a week in select cities. Customers can expect the same reliable and valued service that the Postal Service currently provides.”
Amazon and the U.S. Postal service plan to roll the service out to larger portions of the U.S. in 2014. Other cities that will get the service next year include Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix among others. Amazon says when Sunday delivery service is available; buyers will be notified at checkout.
“If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can order a backpack for your child on Friday and be packing it for them Sunday night,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations and customer service.
“We’re excited that now every day is an Amazon delivery day and we know our Prime members, who voraciously shop on Amazon, will love the additional convenience they will experience as part of this new service.”
The U.S. Postal Service has been losing money for years and has
even flirted with the idea of dropping Saturday delivery services
This partnership with the U.S. Postal Service is the latest in a string of moves by Amazon to boost the appeal of Amazon Prime. The company in a roundabout way is looking for more users to signup for the $79/year service by
increasing the free shipping threshold
from $25 to $35 for non-subscribers. Amazon also recently revealed its Kindle First program that
gives special perks to Amazon Prime subscribers
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RE: I Don't Understand
11/11/2013 12:19:31 PM
I'm sure they can find people to work on Sunday. However, I doubt it will be a money making proposition for the USPS.
Most of their financial problems stem from the fact that since 2006, the Post Office has been legally required to pre-fund health benefits for future retirees at a cost of around $5.5 billion a year.
It is also congress that will not allow them to stop Saturday delivery. So, despite what the USPS does to put itself back in the black, congress seems hellbent on keeping them in financial trouble. The same way it seems hellbent on financially ruining this country.
RE: I Don't Understand
11/11/2013 1:55:46 PM
It is also Congress that is preventing them from embarking on other money making measures such as printer services at the post office.
You can blame most of this on certain members of a certain party who do not like government and would like to see branches fail spectacularly as to prove that government cannot function.
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