Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search


USPS-Amazon deliveries... on Sunday!?

USPS-Amazon delivery partnership begins with New York, Los Angeles. But USPS and Amazon plan to roll out the Sunday delivery service next year to other cities, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

By Associated Press / November 11, 2013

Leacroft Green places a package to the correct shipping area at an Amazon.com fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz., in 2010. This year, a USPS-Amazon partnership will allow package deliveries on Sundays to New York and Los Angeles.

Ross D. Franklin/AP/File

Enlarge

NEW YORK

Amazon is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays.

Skip to next paragraph

The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available this week to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to "a large portion of the U.S. population" next year, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

Amazon expects Sunday delivery to be popular with members of its Prime service, which costs $79 a year and comes with free two-day shipping on many items on the site as well as access to Amazon's TV and movie streaming service. But Sunday delivery will be available to all Amazon customers.

"For Prime members, it's free, for non-Prime members, it's like any other delivery day of the week," said Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon. It won't cost extra to get a package delivered on a Sunday.

Sunday delivery has been on Amazon's wish list for a long time. The company does not disclose the percentage of its packages that are delivered on weekends, but Clark expects customers "to be delighted that they will get their products on a weekend."

Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed, but the deal, but it's likely to give the financially ailing Postal Service a boost. The agency, which lost $16 billion last year, had tried but failed to end Saturday mail delivery as a cost-saving measure.

Shares of Amazon.com Inc. climbed $1.69 to $52 in morning trading.

  • Weekly review of global news and ideas
  • Balanced, insightful and trustworthy
  • Subscribe in print or digital

Special Offer

 

Editors' picks

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Endeavor Global, cofounded by Linda Rottenberg (here at the nonprofit’s headquarters in New York), helps entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Linda Rottenberg helps people pursue dreams – and create thousands of jobs

She's chief executive of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit group that gives a leg up to budding entrepreneurs.

 
 
Become a fan! Follow us! Google+ YouTube See our feeds!