USPS Seals Deal with Amazon for Sunday Deliveries

    November 15, 2013
    Meaghan Ellis
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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.”

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  • don

    If you ever need anyone to do a guaranteed money loser the USPS is your man

    • john distler

      Why not deliver on Sunday? I work for the usps, and we could be spanking ups and fedex IF, IF, we had the right managemen(competent and innovative, that is) and the can do attitude of an Apple store or any other successful business model you could think of. like it or not, a vast majority of my customers LOVE the mailman. If we can get our act together, we will be bigger and better than ever.

      • tom

        Management has always been the problem and is the reason that the USPS is having the problem. I know having worked for the USPS for 25 and a half years and have enjoyed being retired from it for the past 3 years.
        We have had the most inept management over the years. If you were a suck up then you moved up regardless whether or not you were qualified. Also if you were in management and treated the employees good then you didn’t last long. this is not what upper management ever wanted.

      • Sam

        Because your union would get in the way. I send out 1000 of packages a year and most of the usps employees are lazy, self absorbed and on the government dime to collect their tax funded pension, and the union protects them when they do a crappy job! Don’t get me wrong, some are hard working and do a great job, but from what I see on a day to day basis, it would be a money drain on the system. The union would also want extra perks for doing something that might improve the finances of the post office. Also, do you really think the union workers would be willing to work 7 days a week! From what I see, working a 40 hr work week is too much for the majority of USPS employees. All they care about is their tax funded check and retirement .

        • Aquaria

          Not one fucking cent of taxpayer money pays a postal salary, you stupid, lying filth.

          The POSTAGE on the letters pays for that, moron.

          BTW: I’ll take you to a GMF, and let you see what REAL work looks like, you stupid, lying filth. You wouldn’t last a day doing pouch rack operations, or DBCS. You wouldn’t last even half a day being a distribution clerk for a postal station.

          I’ve done all those jobs. That’s why I know what real work looks like, scum. You don’t have a clue what it looks like.

          Furthermore, you don’t even know what a union does, how one works, or why they do what they do, so sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up about things you know fuck all about, stupid scum.

          The unions don’t decide what gets done in the USPS, you stupid piece of shit. They only make sure that management abides by the agreement they made with the union about senior employees having first rights to jobs they want, making sure rules like how the OT list works is followed, and making sure that discipline is done in a fair and consistent manner. They don’t decide what works gets done or how, stupid, lying filth.

          Grow up and grow a brain, conservafilth moron.

          • JBK

            Reeeeelllaaaaax. Why are you so defensive? Don’t go postal on anyone please.

  • Jack

    This is a great innovative move by the USPS for sure! Things like this will save the postal service. I have always said that the postal service main problem was that they were not keeping up with the times. UPS certianly has grown due to the growing online shopping. The USPS needs to try hard and grab some of that business and their debt issues will disappear.

  • Greta Scales

    I agree with @J.Distler!!! I also work for the USPS, and he is right. If the right management team enforcing this new move for the postal service work together, and does it right, it would definitely put the USPS back in or on top of the businesses of UPS/FEDX again. Great move USPS!!!

  • mike

    r u guys insane;p0st office loses 24percent of thier mail on weekdays;now add sunday they cant admit to the theft of thier media mail but somethings up when u cant get your media mail an its 1 outa 4 packages that they say is tracked an delivered;lost 4 packages this week that they say was tracked to my door an i was sitting on porch an 3 of 5 missing on fri alone an the tracking said it was delivered to me .i was there watching the mail personpu duwn 2 ;later found out 5 were suposedly deliver;u should rethink your decision.your throwing more temptation at a large problem already documented

    • Aquaria

      This smells fishy. If you’re on the doorstep, your carrier would HAND it to you, and wouldn’t need to leave it on the doorstep. What sense does that make?

      If your carrier leaves mail your doorstep when you’re not home, then it’s not the carrier’s fault if the package isn’t there when you do come home. He delivered it. He can’t guard it, too.

      And what are you raving about with media mail getting stolen? It’s not any different to a postal worker than Priority mail. It gets sorted into the same container for the carriers to take to the station.

      What you need to do:

      You need to talk to the postmaster if you suspect that your mail is being stolen by a postal worker. He will know or advise you on what to do.

      While you have him or her on the phone, say that you think your carrier(s) may not be scanning their mail properly. If it’s not delivered, it shouldn’t be scanned as such.

      You also need to tell the postmaster that you want ZERO deliveries left on your doorstep.

      Another, more indirect method of having packages not left on your doorstep is to ask senders to provide signature confirmation or other similar service that requires the carrier to deliver to a person at your residence and get a signature. Delivery confirmation does NOT count. It just verifies delivery. Not that the delivery was made to the recipient.

    • Aquaria

      Also: If the USPS site says that your package has “arrived”, that is NOT the same as delivered. Arrived means that it’s gotten to the post office or sorting center. Delivered is when it gets to you.

      A lot of people get this very confused.

  • John

    When u work for the usps you’ll know what a sub is and a regular.. I’m a sub were really called slaves for regular carrier. Im on call all week and Sunday is my guaranteed off day but now we work Sundays delivering more then 60 packages for ups and amazon .. It’s sad .. Yes we do get paid but it takes away our Sundays