USPS Seals Deal with Amazon for Sunday Deliveries
Isn’t it irritating when non-business days prolong deliveries you’re waiting for? Well, that won’t be a problem anymore – at least not when you purchase something from Amazon. It appears the world’s largest online retailer has sealed an innovative deal with the United States Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays. The Seattle-based commerce company issued a press release on Monday announcing the entrance into the new deal with the government entity. The brief statement also elaborated on the details of the agreement.
Amazon and USPS confirmed that the new package delivery system had begun as of Sunday of last week. The two entities are making gratuitous strides toward a full transition into the new system, starting with deliveries in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. However, Amazon Prime members with unlimited two-day shipping priority benefits will reap the immediate benefits of the new system. Prime members are currently the predominant consumers that will be guaranteed to receive packages on Sundays in the two major metropolitan areas.
In the spring of 2014, Amazon and USPS plan to move the system toward a larger United States population scale, implementing Sunday deliveries in other metropolitan areas like Dallas, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Amazon vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, Dale Clark, also provided a general example of how the new system will operate.
“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 Clark. “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.”
Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, also weighed in with his perspective on the beneficial factors consumers will reap as a result of Sunday deliveries. “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 Donahoe. “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.”
USPS & @Amazon are working together to deliver packages on Sunday in the New York and Los Angeles markets, starting yesterday!
— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) November 11, 2013