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Postal Service: It's Sunday Delivery for Amazon
November 18, 2013

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The U.S. Postal Service has rolled out limited Sunday delivery for orders from Amazon.com.

The limit is in the form of just two cities getting the benefit, but they are the two largest cities in the country, New York and Los Angeles. (It's the metropolitan area, technically, for both, so delivery will be available in some directions across the city limits, to an extent.) Amazon also stressed that even customers living in those two metropolitan areas would not be able to receive everything ordered on Sunday.

The Postal Service will incorporate existing infrastructure and staffing to cover the extra day of delivery. Some Sunday delivery already occurs, but the number of deliveries is quite small.
Amazon plans to revisit the list of cities getting Sunday delivery in 2014, with initial additions thought to include Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

The Postal Service is facing a loss of $6 billion this year, which is less than half of what it lost the year before but still not what executives would like to see. A stark decline in the demand for delivery of cards, letters, and other small pieces of mail has led in large part to the decline, as is a Congressional denial of a USPS proposal to stop mail delivery on Saturday. A proposal to raise the price of stamps is still on the cards.

The Postal Service faces stiff competition from other delivery companies, notably Federal Express, UPS, and DHL. The one bright spot financially for the Postal Service in recent years has been an increase in demand for the delivery of packages.


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