USPS Now Delivering on Sunday—for Amazon
New deal starts immediately in LA, NY
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2013 6:32 AM CST
Updated Nov 11, 2013 7:40 AM CST
This Dec. 13, 2005 file photo shows stacks of boxes with merchandise for shipment, at the fulfillment center in Fernley, Nevada.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – A historic change: The United States Postal Service will be making Sunday deliveries. But you won't be getting letters and bills that day; just Amazon packages. The USPS-Amazon deal, announced yesterday, starts immediately, and the struggling Postal Service is planning similar Sunday-delivery deals with other retailers. Unlike first-class mail delivery, package deliveries actually bring in money, and this way the USPS gets a leg up on FedEx and UPS, neither of which offer regular Sunday delivery.

For now, Sunday deliveries will only be made in Los Angeles and New York (and some surrounding areas), the New York Times reports. Next year, it will roll out to Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, and other cities. There will be no extra fee for Sunday deliveries, the LA Times notes. Meanwhile, the USPS is still wrestling with Congress over its plan to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but even if that comes to pass, it would continue to deliver packages on Saturdays.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 11, 2013 9:50 PM CST
Amazon opens up more fulfillment centers to respond faster to orders and to make more profit from the handling fees. They would like to use the Netflix model but that is hard to achieve because all Netflix has to do is warehouse flat disks. Netflix is in more cities than you can imagine but you won't know it because they don't put their logo on the side of the warehouse. I've had mixed results from Amazon. First, their system is not programmed to reject PO boxes for items shipped UPS or Fedex. I have lived in a town that has not had any delivery of any kind, ever. They have provided every town resident a box for all mail in the 36 years I have lived there. Since the 911 system was installed, we did get actual addresses to use. But use them for US mail, it can get sent back. But it helped a lot with UPS and Fedex. So, I ordered a gift for a relative and it came from two fulfillment centers. Both got lost. I traced one item to a house in a Texas town 400 miles away and the other went to New Mexico. Funny, both items show they were signed for. Amazon gave me no trouble whatsoever. They issued an immediate refund. I wound up buying the items local because they had gone on sale by then.
Nov 11, 2013 6:34 PM CST
Great -- And does Sunday delivery result in employees being paid 2X or 3X their standard wage? How full will the trucks be? Sounds like another way to lose money -- Besides, who NEEDS Amazon Sunday delivery?
Nov 11, 2013 3:20 PM CST
There has to be more to this story. How could the government allow such obvious cornering of the market?!