This week the Postal Service announced plans to move into one of the few remaining frontiers of package delivery – Sundays.

Under a new negotiated service agreement approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, e-tailing giant Amazon.com will use the Postal Service’s Parcel Select service to ship everything from clothing to garden tools on Sundays. The program is running now in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, with a rollout planned in 2014 in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix, to name a few.

Sunday delivery isn’t exactly new. The Postal Service delivers 7 days a week using the premium Priority Mail Express product. So, what’s really new is the low cost of the service – making it a solid option for consumers.

Utilizing the Postal Service’s ubiquitous delivery network Amazon.com is able to keep its costs down and, for example, give its Amazon Prime members who get unlimited, free two-day shipping the flexibility to get packages on Sundays.

The Postal Service faces stiff competition as it seeks to grow its package business and take advantage of the explosion in e-commerce. But it has seen significant gains in its parcel sector through innovations such as flat rate Priority Mail packaging.

With this latest move, the Postal Service is looking to strengthen its market position in business-to-consumer shipping and to further distinguish itself from its main competitors – FedEx and UPS.

What do you think of the Amazon.com partnership? Do you foresee operational, staffing or other problems for the Postal Service as it ramps up for Sunday deliveries? Will this be a net financial win for the Postal Service and its customers? 

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  • anon

    This is fantastic i just recevied my first Sunday delivery in my 28 years living in this country and is great service inded, thats what i call progrese yesssss!!!! Wjoop! Whoop! For USPS.

    Sep 25, 2016
  • anon

    "Will this be a net financial win for the Postal Service and its customers? " Well, Yes because customers get their boxes delivered and The Post office gets profit from Amazon. HOWEVER! Half of the profit that USPS is getting comes from cutting the pay of their non-union employees. Did you know that their non-union employees were given a new job title and had their pay reduced by one-THIRD after the deal was struck with Amazon? USPS, Amazon, Cameraable.com and their customers win, their employees lose.

    Sep 21, 2016
  • anon

    If I put a letter in the mail after hours on Sat will it travel Sunday USPS

    Sep 18, 2016
  • anon

    USPS Inspector General David C Willams and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos be aware that this topic "No More Day of Rest" is religious discrimination: See U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Home > Laws, Regulations & Guidance > Types of Discrimination. You might also read the Torah, Old Testament, Exodus 20 v8,9 referring to the Ten Commandments and The Sabbath Day. I know of a US Postal worker who was told they may be written up on Sunday because of this new delivery policy. Just FYI thanks.

    Sep 17, 2016
  • anon

    I think this may be good for some postal employees, but what about the ones that respects their religion to not work on a Sunday. This contract is not respecting those that worship on Sundays.

    Sep 15, 2016
  • anon

    I think that the recent arrests of postal employees of theft of parcels, mail etc should be a wake up call to the USPS. In the past, the local post master ignored complaints from people not receiving their mail, hung their phones up on them also. .The theft of parcels must end. You must lower the hammer on it. We, paid for the parcels and the mailing of them. TY. There's where your money is going.

    Sep 10, 2016
  • anon

    Issue that I have witnessed in delivering sundays amazon prime is the neglect for cca's to recieve proper OT pay as opposed to there straight time pay. Another issue is the lack of clerks working major hubs during sortment of packages causing missorted parcels and delaying departure times for carriers that want to get home to families early! Nalc contract has two conflicting statements for sunday premium pay for all employees of the postal service - yet CCA's are considered under that title of all postal employees yet we dont see a dime of premium pay - we get our hours cut short for the week because of sunday work so we dont go over 40hrs and earn some OT. Our OT PAY pales incomaprisson to a regualt career employee who is making over 26$ an hour compared to the slave labored cca's at 16$. Perhaps the NALC heads should have been votes out of office for agreeing to the policy change and allowing the creation of CCA's. We get the short end of the stick - get bullied by management - union lack of back bone to get those abusing the cca's properly punished is non-exsistent. Hench why many cca's dont stay on the job long enough because of the underhanded tactics. 90 day probations for new hire cca's has become an easy target for management to abuse them on routes and pivot times and causes more stress than needed - why isn't our ethics department involved more in this abuse - I have witnessed the 90- day threat and even been sugjected to it - "if you cant make it back in the time giving I may have to let you go" " your time isnt adequate and may lead to me not hiring you". And amazon prime sunday deliver is that same BS ROUTINE!!! We MUST DELIVER YOUR PACKAGES TO THE DOOR ON SUNDAYS - is that in the contract? Our normal operating hours during deliveries we are not forced to deliver our more expensive priority mail deliveries to the door except of course for the signature required items.

    Sep 04, 2016
  • anon

    Have you thought about hosting a secure e-mail service, you could borrow an aging encryption process from say DoD and then make it protected like physical United States mail- it would increase the lifespan of dollars spent developing no longer current generation defense/intelligence encryption code and, you could market the service to business as a lower overhead paperwork reduction idea and that would mean USPS is taking the initiative on transitioning to the very nearly completely electronic conventional comunications, billing &, records keeping system that our society will develop into in the not distant future. You can add a free private individual email account option for citizens to use with out the corporate acount bells & whistles to get USPS immersed into popular culture like Gmail, just add a section on the user interface page that automatically displays tracking info for any package addressed to any address the register with the site if their name is the address recipient on the package and maybe a calander+scheduler/reminder. Corporate accounts could have features like email read reports and, automatic repeat mail for recurring events or, encrypted video messaging/conferencing, providing a verification of delivery/receipt of email or maintaing full copies of specified email- All of this being officially handled by a U.S. federal agency might appeal to a lot of people.....

    Sep 04, 2016
  • anon

    Guaranteed delivery on Sundays by USPS always failed in my orders as an Amazon Prime member, have even paid extra for 1 day delivery. Have another order coming Sunday, hope it gets delivered as promised.

    Sep 03, 2016
  • anon

    There has been no Sunday delivery by Amazon Prime's promised time of 8:00 P.M.. This is a small package -- no more that a pound -- It was supposedly out for delivery by 9:30 A.M. .per USPS, Tracking #: 9374889674090072606441. I doubt the veracity of the USPS. When I received email shipping notice from Amazon that my order was to be delivered by USPS, I knew it would not be delivered as promised. This is not the first time the USPS has failed. Twice this year USPS failed to honor vacation hold mail as promised -- stuffing 30 days of mail in my mailbox while we were out of country. USPS is extremely unreliable, including several misdeliveries of others mail to my box. What remedy do I have as an Amazon Prime member when a promised Sunday delivery does not happen? Highly unlikely, I suppose, that I will hear anything from anyone responsible for the multiple screw-ups -- failed timely Sunday delivery being the latest.

    Aug 29, 2016
  • anon

    @michael hall: Here is the answer to your "remedy" question: you just call the Amazon customer service number (1 (888) 280-4331) and tell them the delivery was missed. They'll cheerfully extend your Prime subscription by one month. I've placed numerous orders for Prime items on Fridays, and have amazingly received them by USPS on Sundays. I live in the Detroit area. Amazon has missed one or two delivery dates (not Sunday dates) and when that happens I call and get an extension. No big deal.

    Sep 04, 2016
  • anon

    PROPS to usps sunday delivery! My carrier knocks and is awesome..everyday ! Those of u who complain should be alerted to the fact that u r receiving an amazon delivery and be home or opt for a week day delivery! I do not work for the post office and hate paper mail, however if i am home on a hot summer day i always offer my carrier a cold bottle of water or a treat if i happen to have them handy. Perhaps appreciation and kindness isnt common but should be. Its my guess most of the complaints come from couch potatoes who wouldn't ever walk miles through all weather like some carriers i have been blessed to have. I now live on a rural route and my carriers change frequently and yet they all know my first name and go the extra mile for me and all the patrons on their routes. Try saying thank you or hello on occasion and see how quickly ur service improves!

    Aug 27, 2016
  • anon

    Seriously Jack???? Really?????? No one owes these USPS workers anything except for their employer which is their paycheck which should be enough for them to do their jobs correctly. They should be the ones extending excellent service, not us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sep 06, 2016
  • anon

    I have yet to have a successful amazon delivery show up on Sunday. EVERY SINGLE TIME something is scheduled for Sunday, I get a notice saying that the delivery was attempted but nobody was home. No notice is ever left. The buzzer didn't ring, and if it truly was USPS delivering, they have the code to get past the front gate to drop off the package. Do the Sunday drivers just hang out at the bar all day, and tap "Nobody home" into an app on their phone? I would complain to my local post office but I'm afraid they would just start losing my mail in revenge.

    Aug 21, 2016
  • anon

    Sunday deliveries may not come from your Mon-Sat Post Offfice, so the driver would not know the code. On my old route, I had two buildings with key cards to enter, both the gate and the doors. I kept them on my vehicle key chain for those rare days when I was off. If another carrier didn't have them, they would have to walk through the gate, and call the customer from the building directory in the lobby. If you had never been to the building before, you wouldn't know you could do that. And, of course. If the customer didn't answer, there was nothing more you could do.

    Sep 05, 2016
  • anon

    The carriers delivering your package on Sunday are not the same as your regular carrier. Oftentimes they're not even coming from the post office your regular carrier comes from. As a result, odds are even that that they can get past a gate with a code. The turn-by-turn sheet is supposed to have the gate code on there, but I have only seen a gate code once.

    Sep 03, 2016
  • anon

    That's nice that people have gate codes but we as mail carriers are not obligated nor required to enter the gate. It is at the discretion of whoever delivers on your route.

    Aug 27, 2016
  • anon

    You are definitely required to enter in the gate to deliver that package. Esp. if those codes are provided for you. The telephone numbers of the customer is under the barcode of each amazon package. You are actually suppose to call the customer if you have any problems regarding the package including trying to locate the address. It is a headache but it saves you the hassle from your supervisor and the customer.

    Aug 30, 2016
  • anon

    apparently New Orleans has not received memo I have had six priority express packages this year stuck at sorting facility during weekend and then delivered Monday by regular carrier .

    Aug 21, 2016
  • anon

    The don't deliver Express on Sunday's it rolls over into Monday.

    Aug 29, 2016
  • anon

    I hear Monday is a holiday (tomorrow) do they work on that day or do we wait until Tues? 9/4/2016

    Sep 04, 2016
  • anon

    My only complaint, now that this has been well established in 980xx, is that PO boxes don't actually get the same treatment as residential addresses. Considering that there aren't many parcel lockers in our lobby though (and that I have a size 2 box), I think I understand why this is. It's a drag, but what am I gonna do, ineffectively yell and scream on a blog post? =)

    Aug 16, 2016
  • anon

    Americans fought hard to get 8 Hour work days, 40 Hour work weeks, overtime pay, pensions etc. How about the thought of 8 hours work, 8 hours family, 8 hours rest. Anything over 8 hrs. work was considered premium pay and not mandatory. We seem to be forgetting the "American Dream" or just don't care until it affects you. I would doubt it was the working men and women that came up with and agreed to this.

    Aug 15, 2016
  • anon

    Said that there was a package at my door but there's no package at my door need to know where this package is it is my daughter's books for school she start school on the 22nd

    Aug 14, 2016
  • anon

    FYI; 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon usps truck was driving around my neighborhood (85051) driver looked nothing like a usual usps driver! just seemed strange!

    Aug 07, 2016
  • anon

    Amazon Sunday delivery is made by RCAs and CCAs. RCAs do not wear uniforms. However, we all have a USPS issued badge. You can rest assured that none of us are joy riding in that government sweat box. It is not air conditioned. Most of the RCAs have already worked well over 40 hours the week before and we deliver Amazon EVERY day that we work. There are times that we have parcels so large that we have to go out on our routes twice on the same day. We do NOT have benefits. The pay is not as great as one would expect. Also, in our office, there are times, all too frequent, that we do not get paid for the hours we actually worked. If this happens, we have to file a grievance; decipher the cryptic pay stub and prove that we actually worked the hours we were shorted; then wait for months to be compensated. We do this all while possibly being shorted again. For instance, I actually received half of what I should have received during the Christmas season. I received my adjustment for that just last month in July. Not to mention that since Christmas i was shorted two more times. We are also short staffed. Our postmaster hired four people last month and only one person is still here with us. She, too, is looking for another job! People have no idea of what we actually have to do to get them their TV Guides and other magazines, advertisements, etc. which they, in turn, just throw in the trash! On top of all of the mail, we have to handle parcels from Amazon and other companies that utilize USPS as their courier. We are so far from lazy. I don't have time to look for another job, much less get a day off to interview! I have a degree. I'm not on welfare. I'm married. I'm a mother of four. Three of my children have graduated from high school. I have one more still attending. Before pre-judging and assuming about a position in which none of you have worked, perhaps ask questions as to why the service is not meeting your expectations.

    Aug 14, 2016
  • anon

    You hit it right on the nail!! My Sentiments exactly!

    Aug 27, 2016
  • anon

    I think this is great, the post office open 7days a week. I like the post office to be successful and grow with the world

    Jul 29, 2016
  • anon

    I'm pleased with the USPS contract. We know and trust our courier. I've also done business with amazon for over 10 years and they've always been great about timeliness and any issues I've had. Package not received? Replaced. Wrong item? Free return. We've had stuff stolen off our porch, and that's the fault of our neighbors' selfish choices...not Amazon. (Theives got a cheap toner cartridge. Ha!) Home surveillance is out of our budget, so our solution was a deckbox. We've fashioned a padlock to it, which hangs open. A sign to our couriers instructs them to secure the lock if they leave a parcel in it, with kind wishes for a pleasant route. We try to also maintain a good rapport with them, and make their work easier when possible by meeting them at the door if we're home when they deliver. It's not a foolproof system, but it's good enough for now. The next solution is to open a p.o. box, which defeats the purpose of 2-day home delivery: convenience. Any other ideas? Couriers? How else can we help? Sincerely, Midwest Consumer

    Jul 10, 2016
  • anon

    I am sad to see that nothing is sacred anymore in this Country....no one takes a 'day of rest' and we just keep pushing God out of the picture. I, for one, can wait for 1 day to get my package from Amazon....

    Jul 05, 2016
  • anon

    I am sad to see that for 229 years we haven't been adhering to the separation of church and state, and instead still try to sneak church into state.

    Jul 24, 2016
  • anon

    You obviously have no concept of the context of "separation of church and state." Read some history and the Bill of Rights.

    Aug 07, 2016
  • anon

    Ma'am this is a fourm of packages, take religion elsewhere

    Jul 17, 2016
  • anon

    I must agree that no one should be forced to work on Sundays. However for the individuals whom need employment and working for USPS on Sundays is helping to provide for expenses, good for you. Regarding religion, the entire reason this post is even here is because mail was not delivered on Sundays because of.... RELIGION. Lastly, I believe if you are going to do a job (ANY job) do it right the first time. If that consists of working in 100 degree weather conditions and working with grumpy patrons, well you agreed to that by accepting employment that deals with the public. If you are not paid correctly that is NOT something that should affect your responsibility to the actual job. The error in pay will be fixed but you will not be able to go back in time and fix your less than satisfactory behavior or service as a result in a shorten paycheck. I personally would never work in a position that has to deal with the public and/or weather conditions so I commend the people who do. If you believe you aren't getting compensated for the extra work negotiate a better contract and/or strike until you get what you think you deserve. But don't complain about paycheck errors as EVERY company has them, get over it. Don't complain about too many hours, get a new job (you'll probably be in the same situation). Basically don't make excuses for doing poor work, just do the job YOU agreed to do or quit and let someone else do it.

    Sep 05, 2016
  • anon

    religion can be talked about anywhere so too bad for you

    Aug 26, 2016
  • anon

    They already just left my stuff at the door and it's been stolen. The system a failure Amazon said I'd get my package Wednesday get home usps says delivered

    Jul 04, 2016
  • anon

    The "system" isn't a "failure" your neighborhood is. Usps, Ups & FedEx always leave it at your door.

    Jul 08, 2016
  • anon

    I too have had problems with Amazon Sunday Delivery. Never a problem during the work week. Home all day Sunday, then check an see post office says tried to delv. package. Could not make delivery, see notice left for details. No notice anywhere. The part-time workers just make up an excuse not to delv. the mail. Shameful....

    Jul 03, 2016
  • anon

    Hey Don, Same experience unfortunately. I'm in a building on the 1st floor and often times the postal person doesn't deliver. I get the pink notice. Tried reporting, it but it went nowhere. You USPS needs better management

    Aug 07, 2016
  • anon

    I am a CCA and I'm praying that the post office loses their contract with Amazon. Sunday delivery is ridiculous....most of the time the packages are still in the customers mail boxes on Monday. I am grateful to be employed but working Sunday's should not be mandatory just to work at the post office. The idiots that agreed to this are at home with their families on Sunday while we don't have that option if we want a job with the USPS. I think that I am going to continue my job search because this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. My body is beginning to feel the pain.

    Jul 02, 2016
  • anon

    I feel ur pain. I'm a cca as well n I don't like Sunday delivery either. I work 7 days a week. No time for kids or husband. Can't go to church. Can't do house work. We are not robots. We need a break too. I pray it ends!!

    Jul 27, 2016
  • anon

    So you're "Mad"? So what? This is the United States where you are free to find another job that suits you and "what you think is right" if the job you have now doesn't suit you. Oh? You can't get the same benefits at another job? Then maybe, just maybe YOU should be thankful for the job you have. Many Americans STILL cannot find work. If you leave then someone else who is already in line may just be thankful for that position. Related and an aside; When did people get so physically lazy? I still remember my childhood postman who was around 60 years old cheerfully walking his beat, delivering the mail, saying hello and waving at the kids. When did people get so nasty, so unwilling to do a good job and just being downright L-A-Z-Y?

    Jul 18, 2016
  • anon

    Do u work 7 days a week? No!! So put urself in someone else shoes n stop calling people lazy. Nobody cares about what happened in the ice age when u grew up!!!

    Jul 27, 2016
  • anon

    How nice of you to post anonymously and be rude in the process. I for one do work 7 days a week and I agree with the person you so rudely insulted. There is no reason the post office can't come in for a few hours on Sunday to deliver packages. it's not like they have to do their entire route just the houses in their zone that have packages. And unless they procrastinate a lot there is no way it takes them the same amount of time to deliver some packages as it does to do their whole route. Oh and next time if you wana inslult someone be enough of an adult to put your name on it and quit hiding behind the Internet.

    Jul 31, 2016
  • anon

    My husband does too and it's not a few hours on Sunday, it 8-12 and on Labor Day too he went in at 4am. In fact July 4th is the only holiday he had off so far this year. He had no scheduled days off from the second week of January to May. None. Carriers have been working 75 hour weeks delivering mail until 10 pm. They are far from lazy and bust their butts and sacrifice family time, many with low pay and NO benefits until they make regular, just so you can get your Amazon packages in 24 hours on holidays and Sundays.

    Sep 05, 2016
  • anon

    I doubt you.

    Aug 28, 2016
  • anon

    Then a 7 day workweek should be voluntary only. Nobody should be forced to work 7 days a week. There's a big difference between working to live and living to work.

    Aug 12, 2016
  • anon

    The USPS should GET OUT of the 7 day package delivery business. It's a total waste of tax payers money for running fleets 7 days a week, not to mention added salaries, fleet upkeep and the massive advertising they are spending. They should spend more time on what they don't do very well and that delivering the mail in a timely manner.

    Jul 02, 2016
  • anon

    You know the post office doesn't use your tax dollars.. but maybe you should use your tax refund to get a p.o box to get your mail quicker

    Jul 13, 2016
  • anon

    It does not cost the tax payers a dime, the post office does not pay their employees from tax payers money that was phased out many years ago.

    Jul 12, 2016

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