Amazon to Offer Sunday DeliveryMolly Thornberg
I’m one of those people who use Amazon a little too much. Of course I’m a prime member, I buy my kids’ school supplies, music and sometimes even toilet paper on Amazon. So when I heard the news that Amazon is partnering with the postal service to offer Sunday delivery – I may have let out a big “WOOHOO!!”
So here’s the deal. Amazon is rolling out Sunday delivery in 2 cities, in Los Angeles and New York starting November 17th – just in time for this year’s holiday season. Amazon’s Sunday delivery will expand next year to Dallas, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, and others.
Sunday delivery will be available for no additional cost to all Amazon customers in regions that the delivery is available, if the product is available.
Sure this is a huge boost for us Amazon customers who can now get our toilet paper on our door step on Sunday. But this business move is also HUGE for the struggling postal service.
Representatives of Amazon and the Postal Service said the Seattle-based company was taking advantage of a little-known offering available to any shipper. The Postal Service makes limited Sunday package deliveries for its own needs around the holidays, but the arrangement with Amazon represents its first large foray into Sunday delivery.
The Amazon contract will be a much-needed financial boost to the Postal Service, which continues to bleed red ink as more Americans eschew “snail mail” in favor of email, instant messaging, and social networks. The agency, which said it expects to lose around $6 billion this year, has been closing locations and has proposed ceasing Saturday delivery of many items to cut costs.
Read more on the Wall Street Journal.
What Are Your Thoughts on Amazon’s Sunday Delivery Plan?
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