At a time when the U.S. Postal Service is planning to end Saturday mail delivery, if you order a product from the online retail colossus Amazon.com, the post office will not only get it to you on Saturday, they’ll deliver your package on Sunday as well.
The USPS just signed a contract with Amazon to start Sunday delivery in New York and Los Angeles on November 17 — just as the holiday shipping season gets rolling. The plan is to expand the Sunday service next year to other cities, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix.
"Delivery on a Sunday would be very compelling for consumers. There are certainly people who decide not to make an order on a Friday because it won't get there until Monday," market analyst Sucharita Mulpuru told the Wall Street Journal.
Customers enrolled in Amazon’s $79 per year “Prime” program already get free two-day shipping. But that can stretch to three days when an order is placed on Friday. No longer. With the new Sunday delivery system, the post office will make sure your Amazon order gets to you seven days a week.
Sunday delivery is not an option that customers would select. If it works out that a two-day package should show up on Sunday, that’s when it will show up.
The post office may still cut off Saturday delivery for letters, however. The agency is expected to lose $6 billion this year, but that loss comes mostly from an “extreme” drop in letters sent by post.
The volume of packages sent through the U.S. mail is “increasing in double-digit percentages,” said USPS Spokesperson Sue Brennan.
SOURCES: Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times