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 just getting home and check my tracking information. The status is saying delivered but there is nothing at my door. No package or note for redelivery. Can the carrier drop off your package without you home. I thought you needed a signature. Did someone come steal the package off my porch. This is crazy. Where is my package????

    Nov 29, 2016
  • anon

    I was to receive a package, from Amazon, via USPS, Sunday, November 28th, before 8pm. I tracked the package and was home, as a package that they said was delivered on Wednesday, November 23rd, was not at my home, nor did it arrive the next day or day after. (I reported this to Amazon and they are resending). However, back to the package that was to be delivered yesterday, I received an email saying that my package was undeliverable due to an incorrect address. Now I just checked online and the tracking says it was delivered 45 minutes ago. USPS - please address this service issue immediately.

    Nov 28, 2016
  • anon

    I am an Amazon Prime member and ordered just two items on Black Friday. Both were scheduled to be delivered by 8pm on Sunday (as shown in my Amazon orders status). I tracked the package tracking numbers directly on USPS tracking and both were shown as rescheduled for Monday delivery. Totally Fine! But then at 7:30pm and 7:31pm I get notification that both were delivered at or near my front door/porch. My security cams did not pick up anyone. I go outside at 8pm to check and nothing. I've had this happen before and the package comes the next day. What is this? I have read that USPS is trying to meet the Sunday delivery contract agreements, so this fakes out the system that it actually was delivered on time. This worries customers that their packages are missing or stolen. If these show up today, I'm complaining to both USPS and Amazon. Please complain if this is happening to you. This is just unethical practice.

    Nov 28, 2016
  • anon

    My husband works for the USPS service..so ur telling me he won't have a day off at all. He already works 6 days a week and hardly has time for his family!!! I don't like this at all!!!!!!!!

    Nov 28, 2016
  • anon

    Find a new job then bum USPS already sucks they need to work 7 days a week

    Nov 28, 2016
  • anon

    Missed delivery date of 11/26 and now at least an 1/2 past the 8:00 anticipated delivery time on 11/27. Now wonder the USPS is in trouble.

    Nov 27, 2016
  • anon

    I can see delivering on Sunday if your office does and is in a decent drive time, but if your office doesn't do it and u have to drive an hour then no that is not right. some don't need extra hrs cause they already get 40 or over. I can also see the ones only working in small offices that only work sat and need hrs. its bad enough u don't get career unless someone dies or retires wich ive been cca for six years now, but a regular who been working in another office for 20 years is able to take ur job from u so then u got to wait more years to get it if then. there are no real opportunities in post office, and they kick the cca in the dirt cause more than have the regulars are lazy and cant do their route in time but someone from another office that's never done it can. Then they get to take 5 weeks off plus call in sick whenever they want because our schedule sour posted on what hrs. we are doing so if we already have 40 hrs and are off on sat they see that it gets taking from us. these regulars where never in our position I had one say I used to go rt to rt when I was a ptf. well its not the same that's was a carrer position u got a lot annual leave and you didn't have to drive hrs away even though u can make more hrs in ur office. or u have to go an hr for an hr. some say well u get miles and 2 hrs no matter what. that not the point the point is your wasting my time sometimes a regular should be made mandatory ot even if they not on ot why should I go an hr for an hr when they could of done that hr all together and got maybe 20 min more overtime no they have to waste someone elses time wich wasted hr there hr back and 45min when they could of been home or making those 2 hr drive time and the 45 min in there own office but instead gets those 2 hrs. taken from them.

    Nov 27, 2016
  • anon

    I hate this. On so many levels. It wastes money the post office doesn't have. I don't want my mail on sundays, this is my sabbath day, I am NOT SUPPOSED TO MAKE OTHERS WORK ON THE SABBATH! I don't shop, or eat out, this is not an essential service so it breaks my faith. I can't opt out can I? Mail Carr deserve a weekend. Stop mail on Saturday and Sunday.

    Nov 21, 2016
  • anon

    You will only receive packages on Sundays, and only if your an amazon prime member. Also- you will take away MANY MANY jobs stopping mail on these days. as they are mostly covered by Subs who cover the Regulars day off. Regulars can not work Sundays and most have their day off set as Saturday or Monday so they do get to enjoy the weekend.

    Nov 21, 2016
  • anon

    Now my wife works 28 straight days!! But I know you guys don't care!!

    Nov 20, 2016
  • anon

    To be honest, i do care i know that its not fair to have your wife work every day of the week because she till has a family.

    Nov 26, 2016
  • anon

    I put money in the mail to send to the court. Nonetheless it hasn't made it to the court system so I'm wondering if one of your employees sought the opportunity to take advantage with the possession of my envelope to cease the moment. Mistake or not, I should be able to feel safe putting any types of envelopes in the mail with the gaurentee it'll make it from point a to b.

    Nov 17, 2016
  • anon

    doubtful someone stole it, you shouldn't send cash as its untrackable and ANYONE can claim they never got it, or even you could say "well I put it in the mail". Checks/Money orders that way only the intended recipient can use it, and then you have a paper trail of proof as well...

    Nov 21, 2016
  • anon

    I think is GREAT! I have never had a problem with USPS service! In fact, they are on top of their game and usually receive my packages early! I do absolutely all my shopping online from toiletries to clothing to furniture etc. I love the fact that they are now delivering on Sundays. USPS.com is always my first choice in shipping out my ebay sales as well. I can't say enough good things about them..regarding Amazon I have ordered from them as well and never had any issues! Besides I think that obviously it will give more people jobs! Thanks USPS!

    Oct 30, 2016
  • anon

    Ya you think its great but think of the actual workers who now have to deliver on Sundays. Now they work 7 days per week just because you want your package on a Sunday!! What is so important that can't wait for delivery on Monday...

    Nov 14, 2016
  • anon

    Don't feel bad for the postal carriers. Only the person with lowest seniority in each office is asked to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays. Those carriers are usually paid hourly and have trouble getting full time hours. So working Sundays is a good way to get more hours. We know, because my husband is a USPS city carrier and wouldn't get close to full time without Amazon delivery. Go ahead and order Amazon Prime on Fridays! It helps us feed our four teenage daughters!

    Nov 14, 2016
  • anon

    amazon doesn't pay then enough for this! U.S. taxpayers are covering the difference. it's time to shut down this multi billion dollar waste of our taxes!

    Oct 24, 2016
  • anon

    Usps receive 0 tax dollars, do some research before you make another dumb comment

    Oct 30, 2016
  • anon

    I ordered a product via Amazon and to be shipped Amazon Prime and USPS. The parcel was to arrive in three days and I checked tracking on both Amazon and USPS Tracking. USPS Tracking gave "transit delay" alerts for 4 days! I called Amazon and cancelled the order so the product will be returned to Amazon by USPS. I informed Amazon I will purchase the same product from my local retailer. Amazon needs to rethink doing business with USPS.

    Oct 20, 2016
  • anon

    Lol. Was that your first Amazon order ever?? I have had no less than 150 packages delivered by USPS from Amazon this year following on all 7 days of the week. Not a single package has been delayed. In fact, shipments are arriving much quicker now that Amazon is mainly using USPS for less than 2 days shipping.

    Oct 22, 2016
  • anon

    Living in rural Oklahoma were the best major retailer is over 2 hours away, makes this a game changer for the whole community with Amazon and USPS creating an agreement that is best for consumers. No with my Amazon Prime there is never a delay if you don't get your order in early in the week. Now I have a major retailer in my home 24/7 this is awesome USPS!!!!?!

    Oct 16, 2016
  • anon

    Paid for Priority Express to overnight something to my daughter. Was supposed to be delivered on saturday but never arrived. Will they deliver it on Sunday?

    Oct 09, 2016
  • 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

    No it will not. Sunday deliveries are only for amazon prime parcels...not mail. No mail will be handled.

    Nov 18, 2016
  • anon

    If you want that letter to travel on Sunday, you must place it in a mailbox before its last Saturday Collection time, as the USPS doesn't collect from mailboxes on Sunday. In my area, the last collection time is as late as 8 pm. It will depend where you live and how close you are to a Main post office or MSC (sorting center.) I would suggest you look on the USPS site for post offices in your general area and determine the latest time you can drop a letter in the mailbox and still have it collected up on Saturday. This is listed as "last collection hour"

    Oct 10, 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

    You wouldn't last a day at USPS.

    Oct 08, 2016
  • anon

    Dude, capitalism doesn't make someone your slave. Calm down.

    Oct 01, 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

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