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

    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

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

    Jul 17, 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

    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

    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

    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
  • anon

    FYI - Steve, The Post Office does not sustain itself using tax pauers money. The post office is a self sustaining government entity. Tax payers does not pay to keep the Post Office running. Look it up. This I learned in High School.

    Jul 10, 2016
  • anon

    Postal service is NOT paid for w tax money. You should educate yourself before speaking to avoid spreading such a huge point of misinformation.

    Jul 10, 2016
  • anon

    You do know the usps is self funded right?

    Jul 10, 2016
  • anon

    The post office does not run on taxpayer money. Never has.

    Jul 08, 2016
  • anon

    You might want to educate yourselves on just how much tax dollars go to the post office. It's just hidden by them and the govt. Research and learn.

    Jul 18, 2016
  • anon

    I really do not like the new policy of delivering on Sundays. We receive our packages at a UPS store, which is closed on Sundays, and the USPS simply leaves the packages at the back door, making it so anybody could just pick up our packages! The reason we have our mail directed to a package store is exactly so that packages can be received when we are not at home..this defeats that purpose.

    Jun 26, 2016
  • anon

    I chose a non-rush Amazon Prime delivery specifically on orders I placed on Friday in two consecutive weeks, NOT a two-day delivery option but a 5-day one instead. I was surprised when both packages were delivered on the immediate Sundays that followed. Regardless of the slower delivery option I have picked, Amazon tries to stick with its guarantee for Prime members if situations permitted. Actually, several incidences in the past before I became a Prime member, we received packages from Amazon on Sunday as well- a rushed delivery for a non-Prime member.

    Jun 19, 2016
  • anon

    My friend works for the USPS as a RCA (rural carrier assistant), although considered a non-career employee, she works six days a week, does not get holiday or overtime pay. She was told that this was a "pilot" program and at this point,they most likely would not ask her to work Sundays as well because they do not want people working seven days a week, however if there are not enough volunteers, they can request her to work seven days a week because there are not enough subs to accommodate a day off for her. In addition, the woman who spoke of having packages delivered to her driveway, carriers are NOT allowed to back in or out of driveways. So they have to "hoof" it sometimes up mile long driveways. However when carriers are evaluated, they are given 2 minutes per box. So I agree with another comment, get another mailbox, because when bad weather hits again, it is going to be difficult for a carrier to get out sometimes into ditches full of snow, ice, what have you. Therefore after watching my friend bust her self to assure everyone has their mail and packages, there are times where it is simply impossible because of "safety" issues and instructions that prevent her from just driving up to your driveway etc. All I ask is that customers are a little more patient instead of thinking people like my friend are "lazy". She gets up and goes to work six days a week, not to just earn money to pay her bills, but to serve her customers in the best way possible.

    Jun 17, 2016
  • anon

    Your friend will never be asked to work 7 days in a row. At this job, prolly any job that she filled out tax info I'd say.

    Jun 23, 2016
  • anon

    Over Christmas 2015, every RCA and PTF in my office worked 32 12-15hr days straight. We will be working 7 days in a row when our area starts year-round package delivery this summer. There is no concern for overworking USPS employees.

    Jun 23, 2016
  • anon

    I'm a new CCA at my post office and I will start Amazon deliveries this Sunday. Starting as a CCA is a foot in the door for acquiring a career at the post office. The average age of career letter carriers is 54 (at least in New York state) so there is room for advancement if you work hard and are dependable. In this day and age working in the services sector such as restaurant and retail biz the pay is low with virtually no benefits so sticking it out with USPS is definitely a smart choice, career employees get 40 hrs guaranteed work, excellent union representation, sick and vacation pay and some of the best benefits. The turnover rate for CCAs is high.because people like to complain but in a decade when the average carrier age is 35 and the USPS cuts down on hiring the same people will be complaining that the USPS isn't offering them opportunities. By the way CCAs work 7:30 to 4-5 but that beats working at a restaurant like a slave with shady accounting regArding hours worked, at least as a CCA, once you work over 8hrs in a day you receive time and a half, once you work over 40hrs you receive time and a half, I've worked in restaurants which management clocks you out after 8/40 hours and expects you to keep working without being compensated on the hourly.

    Jun 14, 2016
  • anon

    I was supposed to recieve 3 packaged today, Sunday. The tracking information says they were attempted to be delivered this morning at 9:55am. I was home then, and there was no attempt to deliver them. The tracking information says the reason they were not delivered is "Delivery attempted - Business closed". The problem with that is I'm a residence, not a business. The delivery carrier just picked a convenient excuse instead of actually delivering the packages. What good is Sunday delivery if the people who are supposed to deliver don't actually do it? This isn't the first time this has happened to me at this address. I'll be filing a formal complaint. It's not so much that I didn't get the packages today, but the fact that the delivery person didn't even try and filed a fraudulent reason for nondelivery.

    Jun 12, 2016
  • anon

    I am a rca and I absolutely to the highest degree dislike them MAKING us deliver on Sundays and holidays. This was not mentioned anywhere in anything I signed when I started nor was it mentioned before getting hired. The rca and cca has no life always on call and having to work every Saturday ( which is ok because that was understood when I applied) but now working Sundays and holidays the only day a sub could catch a break and now we can't. Since amazon came along there is a good chance (at least at my office) that we would have to work 7 days back to back if not more. To the ppl who say we should be thankful, I'm always grateful and thankful for all of my blessings but this Sunday and holiday delivery I am not and I may be jobless any way of they keep it up so what's the difference. The RCA's and CCA's are what hold the post office together yet we get treated the worse. I guarantee if the regular carriers had to do this there would be a great uproar about it and it may have been stopped already!

    Jun 11, 2016
  • anon

    Excellent, i have seen the mail man every Sunday, i wondered why he was working on Sundays, now i can get my Amazon orders when i'am home, without fear of having them left at the door, while i'am at work.

    Jun 10, 2016
  • anon

    I'm certain they have they can support 7-day a week deliveries but in all retrospect I think 6-days is enough at most. Received a package this late weekend and it just didn't seem to make sense, I'm never in a hurry, I think timely is plenty good enough.

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    I am a sub RCA for the USPS. This means that I am one of many subs who have to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays. I think this is ridiculous. I NEVER have a weekend off because I sub for a Regular who chose to have Saturday as her day off. I do not mind Saturdays because I signed up for it. Now, we are told Sunday Amazon delivery is MANDATORY and that it was a "condition of my employment." When I accepted employment with the USPS, I did not sign up for Sundays. There was NO Sunday delivery then. I could not tell you how many times a get the startled look from a customer when I deliver a package on Sundays and holidays which Christmas and Thanksgiving. They apologize profusely and indicate that they did not choose to have Sunday delivery. They are not given any options. I think Amazon should provide this delivery day as an option to their customers. In my opinion, most of them would not ask for Sunday delivery.

    Jun 05, 2016
  • anon

    Yes you should definitely quit. Along with the rest of your "overworked" colleagues. Let us privatize the whole thing. I agree with you 100%

    Jun 26, 2016
  • anon

    Perhaps you should be thankful the USPS is doing this. Without finding ways to distinguish itself (such as Sunday/holiday delivery), the USPS will continue to be less and less relevant while continuing to be crushed by its legacy costs, and you will be out of a job altogether.

    Jun 06, 2016
  • anon

    Does this go for everything besides clothing, etc.? Like standard mail, is.: not packages?

    Jun 05, 2016
  • anon

    Sunday delivery is starting this month at my post office. Only the part-time carrier assistants are required to do it. It's on volunteer basis unless nobody signs up then we all have to do it. So, if a regular carrier has vacation, I work for them and a Sunday. Regular carriers get all the benefits from working at Usps. 5 day weeks, great pay, vacation and sick pay, etc. The RCA and CCA part timers fill in but get hosed. I'm not happy about spending my Sunday's working. I have a 32 mile commute and Sunday is usually for family outings, church, camping, etc. Amazon is also the only company that gets to do this. We don't even take out Priority and Express Sunday. It's BS! The union isn't even doing anything. How can the Usps just force us to do this? I'll be job searching soon.

    Jun 03, 2016
  • anon

    Great article, I am in the Boston area and have started seeing some of my Amazon prime deliveries arriving via USPS on Sunday's (not by request) but was surprised to see two packages delivered today on Memorial Day ( no first class letters of course ). I wish Amazon would let me opt-out like they do for somethings regarding delivery as I could have waited the extra day. But thank you.

    May 30, 2016
  • anon

    Not sure... today (Memorial Day) I saw a USPS mail truck loaded with Amazon packages, they covered the front and back of the truck. The person driving was not in uniform of any kind. He was simply dressed in sweats and a t-shirt. I didn't know whether this was standard procedure or not, and was concerned that someone was driving a governmental vehicle without an appropriate attire that identifies who they are. So with this partnership, are local drivers using the United States Mail trucks? Something about it seemed (and still seems) odd to me.

    May 30, 2016
  • anon

    we are non-career employees (subs). We fill in for the regulars when they are on vacation, sick leave and we do Saturdays. We have no uniforms as we do not get a uniform allowance. We do not get paid over time for working Sundays. It is mandatory for us to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays. We have no weekend lives, so the USPS seems to think. It is not our choice to work on Sundays. :(

    Jun 05, 2016
  • anon

    Package was ordered thru Amazon Prime is supposed to be delivered Sunday, Monday 29th. Amazon and USPS says that USPS attempted to deliver the package because the business is closed. My home is a residence in a neighborhood and we are literally in the yard and the doorbell works. The package is supposed to be left on the porch as I did not designate for it to be signed. The Amazon/USPS message makes it seem as if it my fault that the package has not been delivered. Arrgggh! Needed it yesterday.

    May 29, 2016
  • anon

    People also have to look at this from the Amazon customers perspective. We PAY $100 for an Amazon Prime membership. After the USPS deal, the Prime membership price increased $25/yr per person, unless you were grandfathered in before they raised the price, which I was not. So we are paying a premium for a SERVICE. I'm sure a lot of postal workers are Amazon Prime members and appreciate their Sunday/holiday deliveries as well. I enrolled in Amazon Prime when I became disabled due to a work place injury. I would much rather go to the local stores and get what I need right there & then. But since my injury, I have since become dependant on Amazon to get me my essentials because I'm unable to get them myself. A dependable delivery service is required, and expected, from customers paying additional fees FOR this service. It seems like the post office isn't passing along some of the extra revenue to employees doing these off-day deliveries, which isn't right. But the USPS is also trying to rebound from near bankruptcy. Where I live, on Long Island NY, my Sunday/holiday deliveries come from a different post office slightly further away. So it seems they are rotating the people who work these days. And if they're not rotating people's days, they should be. Seems like common sense, but we all know common sense doesn't apply with big companies. Nobody should be forced to work seven days a week, NOBODY. People have lives outside of work. I can understand the position of the postal grunts, if you will. When I got injured, I worked for a large Cable company as a Lead Field Technician. And we all hate having to wait for "the cable guy." But when a customer would call to make an installation appt or call to setup a service call, the reps that handled the calls would never allot enough time for the jobs so they could squeeze in as many appts as possible and the customers wouldn't have to wait a week to get their problems fixed. So I would leave to do my route with 10-12 jobs per day, with some jobs taking over 2 hours to complete and never know what I was walking into. Unfortunately, the better you are at your job, the more work they dump on you. So now you know why the cable guy is usually late ;^) But that's the job. The problem is not Amazon, it's not the customers that pay extra for this service. The problem is an internal one at the USPS. They are in a tough spot, trying to rebuild and make extra revenue, but sacrificing the people who keep the company running. Even if they don't hire extra people, the regular carriers should be rotated so people aren't working 7 days every week and maybe once a month at the most.

    May 29, 2016
  • anon

    Maybe I missed it in the article, but where does it say that anyone is working seven days a week? Like every other company out there that runs Sunday - Saturday, I'd imagine that groups of (full-time) employees start their workweeks on different days, but each works five days a week. One employee's work week may start on Tuesday and run through Sunday (for a total of five days), one may start on Friday and run through Tuesday (again, five days), and one employee's week may run the traditional Monday through Friday. It's Sunday as I type this, yet it's my "Friday" as my two days off this week are Monday and Tuesday. Even if the USPS isn't quite that efficient, I'd bet they have no shortage of volunteers that scramble for the overtime. The place I work for is occasionally tasked with working 6 and 7 day overtime shifts, and good luck getting one of the allocated slots.

    Jun 05, 2016
  • anon

    No they don't have staggered consecutive days off. All carriers have Sunday off and that was the traditional one day off that the category employee that is being tasked to do this is having to give up, because the USPS generally works them 6 days. The six day deliveryl work week makes average 40 hour work weeks difficult to come up with. Every five employees need one sub, each sub is busy every day, and then time has to be alloted for sick calls , vacation time for the regular employees, and only two out of the five employees will have two consecutive days off in the RCA craft. City carriers have rolling days off, adding a day per week so they get a weekend per cycle and three days per cycle. It's fair but if people call out or are injured and not able to work the subs have to split up whatever isn't covered, do half of one route, half of another, may be totally unfamiliar with the area and waste time going in circles or make bad mistakes.

    Jun 18, 2016
  • anon

    I think I already received one item from USPS from Amazon on a Sunday and I was so happy they decided to do deliver on Sunday. I am in SC and all deliveries, except FedEx, seem to miss the dates because the local distributors do not deliver on Sunday. I have two packages that are supposed to arrive tomorrow from Amazon Prime and will pay close attention to when they show as delivered.

    May 21, 2016
  • anon

    I'm not too sure how this is going to work out in the boonies, I have Amazon's 2 Day shipping and it hasn't been consistent with any carrier. I am suppose to get a package delivered tomorrow, we will see, just hope they don't ring the dang door bell or the Labrador patrol will go bonkers, I guess Sunday is no longer a day of rest.

    May 14, 2016
  • anon

    Though this is a great idea, I feel the usps STILL misses the competitve points. I'm sorry, the post office prices are good but their problem competing is failing on their delivery dates (ie 3 day priority mail in 5-6 business days, 2 day deliveries in 3, etc) and their absolutely, inexcusibly HORRIBLE insurance coverage and unbelievable process making claims in the event of damage. I MUST use other services when I'm shipping valuable items. It must be hurting business.

    May 12, 2016
  • anon

    Though this is a great idea, I feel the usps STILL misses the competitve points. I'm sorry, the post office prices are good but their problem competing is failing on their delivery dates (ie 3 day priority mail in 5-6 business days, 2 day deliveries in 3, etc) and their absolutely, inexcusibly HORRIBLE insurance coverage and unbelievable process making claims in the event of damage. I MUST use other services when I'm shipping valuable items. It must be hurting business.

    May 12, 2016
  • anon

    Informative article . I loved the information - Does someone know if I could possibly get a sample ATF Form 1 (5320.1) example to edit ?

    May 10, 2016
  • anon

    This is a prime example of *never* being able to satisfy 100% of the people 100% of the time. I'm thankful for this service, Sunday delivery is a mostly untapped market that can save the USPS from financial ruin. As a consumer, getting my packages on Sunday is a complete win for me. I have to work an occasional Sunday myself, it's part of the job description in my field... as is the case with most professionals. Too much whining going on in here... imho.

    May 08, 2016
  • anon

    I hope they do deliver , I ordered a car part from Amazon , it's 2:30 Saturday our mail runs by noon no part yet , Amazon is good about getting stuff out on time , this is the downside of ordering parts online , they are cheaper but have to wait for delivery

    May 07, 2016
  • anon

    I love that this is happening. One of my many uncles was, and I believe still is part time, worked/working for the USPS. And to those complaining about Sunday delivery, and claiming that this "day of rest" should stay as it is. Are ONLY AFRAID OF CHANGE. It's that simple. Although this has been happening all over the country for 3 years now, I believe it's also rolled out into my city. IN all honesty, I think it may be voluntary for workers to work on this shift. But I know for a fact that many of them welcome the OT. Regardless, it's time for the new to reign. God rested on Sundays, but the world he created was still "working" on forming together. Good job USPS. I hope this also pertains to ALL packages, and not just amazon now. is that so?

    May 07, 2016
  • anon

    Our postman (actually a woman) is so lazy that they generally don't even put a notice in your box if you have a package at the lease office. The package sits at the office for 5 days and finally the office calls you and tells you to come pick it up. This is just one of the reasons why most businesses and people will NOT trust the USPS to deliver anything of importance.

    May 01, 2016
  • anon

    I do not agree with this policy. The US Post office is using subpar temps to do this work.

    May 01, 2016
  • anon

    It is not voluntary, it is mandatory, subs are doing it, most of them experienced. it is not offered to regular carriers. Just wish Sunday time wasn't counted against the subs as hours accumulated, once they go over 40 we can't use them, puts a strain on regular carrier when there is no one to cover route, something always has a domino effect.

    May 21, 2016

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