USPS to Make Sunday Deliveries for Amazon

Both businesses benefit from partnership

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Amazon has struck a deal with the U.S. Postal Service to get packages delivered on Sundays, just in time for the holiday season.

It’s a win-win situation for both parties. Amazon will be able to reach their customers seven days a week, while the Postal Service, which lost $16 billion last year, will be able to steal some business away from their competitors, UPS and FedEx, which don’t deliver on Sundays.

Sunday deliveries will be limited to the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas this holiday season, but will expand to other cities by 2014, the New York Times reports. 

The deal is seen as a light on the horizon for the embattled Postal Service, which has been drowning in financial problems and recently failed to win Congress’s blessing to stop delivering mail on Saturdays to save $2 billion per year. The partnership with Amazon may be a sign of a new business model focused more on e-commerce package delivery and less on regular mail.

[The New York Times]

5 comments
AL369
AL369

This must be a joke-

They have the freaking money to service Amazon but not us?

We might as well call this the UNITED STATES OF AMAZON

obummer
obummer

How Burt got to his point, don't know.

Too late to blame Bush?

Burt
Burt

UNBELIEVABLE--  another article falsely claiming huge losses by the USPS. They omit any mention of the fact that Congress in 2006 started forcing the USPS to prefund its retirement plan SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS IN ADVANCE-- something no other business or government entity is required to do. Without this ridiculous mandate, the USPS would be operating well in the black.

These irresponsible and dishonest articles keep appearing. They must be part of a deliberate campaign of disinformation, designed to cause the American public to go along with cuts and privatization ideas, wished for by the corporate sponsors of the GOP.

trademarkanimal
trademarkanimal

@obummer Burt is exactly right. Bush's legislature.. in the lame duck session… decided to create disaster for the Postal Service because.. as he says.. they wanted to privatize.. still do… everything. By creating an impossible ASK of any business, the Republicans determined they would send the P.O. to hell and Fed Ex and UPS would get everything. Problem being that those two 'private' companies NEED the P.O. Bigger problem for We the People who are guaranteed mail delivery by out government.. HOW do we send a $10 bill to a grandkid across country for $.50 without the Post Office. HOW do I send prints of the last Christmas party to MY parents 1000 miles away for less than a dollar and less than 3 days? Don't ask for THAT from UPS or FedEx.. Talk about sticker shock? Just TRY to get something across country for less than a dollar with the PRIVATE companies.  Double Dare Ya!

Burt
Burt

@obummer I guess you can't read. or make a cogent comment. Facts are facts, and this article is missing a big one, which I have pointed out. Both FedEx and UPS are dependent on the USPS delivery network, because it's not profitable for the private carriers to serve sparsely populated areas. Go to any central post office and watch the FedEx and UPS trucks unload their packages for local delivery. In addition, both FedEx and UPS have much higher rates for the same service as the USPS.