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

    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

    I think people now days are so ungrateful. Back in the day it took longer to get messages or mail if at all so be grateful we have mail at all. And be respectful to those who make it possible they have family to.

    May 01, 2016
  • anon

    I didn't intend to receive a package on Sunday when I ordered from Amazon. I was quite surprised to find out that they did this. The USPS was a respectable institution -- let's not disrespect our postal service employees by forcing them to work on Sundays.

    May 01, 2016
  • anon

    I love the United States Postal service so let's remember the postal service workers and their families and stop having them work on Sunday or holidays. Also please put the men and women back in uniform.

    Apr 26, 2016
  • anon

    I firmly believe that the postal service should "NOT" be running on Sunday. Mail should not be delivered nor should packages be delivered on Sunday. Please.....let's respect our citizens and postal workers. Thank You.

    Apr 26, 2016
  • anon

    This isn't about God. It's about a business/office offering a service. If my tracking information says it will be here by 8pm on Sunday then that's what I count on. I'm patiently waiting for my package today. My door is wide open and security cameras are rolling. Even if I the only person in this town that is expecting a package then a carrier should be managing this issue no matter how big or small the town is. I've never had an issue with wrong address or "unable to deliver" problems. I've ordered 100's of items from amazon and ebay. This will be the 2nd time of expecting a package on Sunday. The 1st time was during the Christmas season and it was successful. I will comment again when and if it arrives as posted. I hope this helps any readers.

    Apr 17, 2016
  • anon

    I think Sundays and holidays always kept business going strong. like bible says rest on the 7th day

    Apr 11, 2016
  • anon

    This is a joke. USPS isn't actually delivering MOST of the Sunday packages. I have used the Sunday delivery option 10 times and USPS has found a way NOT to actually deliver it on Sunday 9 of those times, yet they still keep the additional delivery fee. They use 2 tactics to do this 1) They scan is as delivered, but then actually deliver it on Monday or Tuesday or 2) They report a "problem with the delivery" and say the address is incorrect, when it isn't. The last thing anyone wants to hear is USPS carriers whining about work they don't actually do and then lying about it. Overpaid and too many benefits. USPS incompetence on display.

    Apr 10, 2016
  • anon

    I live in Marina on the Monterey Peninsula. All I can say is that we have an amazing Mail Lady who is friendly and great. I never heard of Sunday Mail delivery until recently after I made a purchase with Amazon. I think it is a good service and it allows People employed with the USPS to earn extra Money. However no one should work 7 days a week. Just hire People to work weekends.

    Apr 09, 2016
  • anon

    We live in a rural area and my home is 3/4 of a mile away from my mailbox. Due to this fact, if a package being delivered by USPS will not fit in my mailbox they will not bring it to my house. They did,one time, however leave it on the driveway where it got rained on. Now I have to drive 20 miles to town and pick up these packages I've paid to be delivered to my home. It's a very frustrating situation. UPS should handle parcel delivery since they are willing and able to deliver to my home.

    Apr 06, 2016
  • anon

    Get a bigger mailbox - we had this same issue, and bought/installed a humongous mailbox that could fit a bale of hay. end of problem(s)

    Apr 10, 2016
  • anon

    Each time I'm expecting a package on the weekend and I track my package the response is made an attempt to deliver. The fact is when I'm expecting a package I stay home waiting for it. Noone comes, there is no note on my door and yet the tracking system say they made an attemp to deliver. It's not true. The last 3 times I ordered something this happened. I've lost faith in USPS. iv

    Apr 02, 2016
  • anon

    How about putting tracking devices on all your vehicles to see who is illegally using them. That will save you hundreds of millions of dollars. I've seen your vehicles parked for several hours away from any delivery route just so your employees can get overtime pay every day. Also, to save money, make them walk to the next mailbox instead of driving to every mailbox even though they are only 2 houses apart. Nearly all of your delivery people do that. I've only seen one person, ever, that walks a good portion of his route. You talk about saving money, but you do nothing to actually save money. There, I just solved your money problems and it didn't cost you a damn penny!

    Apr 02, 2016
  • anon

    I am an 18 yr veteran of USPS and am 58 yrs old. for the last 18 yrs I have worked 6 days a week. I am now being told I have to work 7. Sunday is my only day off and my day of worship. I don't care if you are a believer or not. it's about unfair work practices. I understand some peoples need or desire to work 7 days a week but I refuse to work on my day of worship and after giving them 6 days for 18 yrs, I don't think I'm asking too much to have a day off.

    Apr 02, 2016
  • anon

    Oh stop whining. I don't like working weekends either, but my choices are work wed-Sunday or get a job that's not open 24/7. We should subsidize fed ex or ups to get better more reliable service. And stop puting money into a service that loses billions a year in taxpayer dollars, usps us tge only business that can get away with it because the taxpayer pays for it.

    Apr 29, 2016
  • anon

    always having problems with Sunday USPS delivery, status says delivered on Sunday but we dont see any package. we have to call customer care, and follow up several time to get my package back, sometimes we dont get package anymore. this happened to me several times. I request to stop this service, we are loosing items and time in this process. thanks Appaji

    Mar 28, 2016
  • anon

    I am saddened to think that our mail carriers are being forced to give up their day of rest in order to satisfy our society's "need" for instant gratification. If I can't wait one extra day for whatever I ordered from Amazon, perhaps I should have ordered it a day sooner or found it at a local store instead. I wish there was a way to tell Amazon not to deliver on Sunday, but "no weekend delivery" seems to be the only option. Guess I won't be getting any packages on Saturdays from now on either.

    Mar 27, 2016
  • anon

    Yall are 3 years late

    Mar 18, 2016
  • anon

    I think that Sunday delivery is great More jobs, great for the costumers And more sale for the stores,because Everyone love fast shipping! Thank you for Sunday delivery!

    Mar 05, 2016
  • anon

    I think that Sunday delivery is great More jobs, great for the costumers And more sale for the stores,because Everyone love fast shipping! Thank you for Sunday delivery!

    Mar 05, 2016
  • anon

    Just wanted to let you all know this is from 2013 a lot of you are 3 years late.

    Feb 28, 2016
  • anon

    It's funny how you people sit up here and try to criticize the postal carriers. We don't go into the post office and load up the trucks and deliver the mail like most people think. We have to go in and case up raw mail (magazine's and any letters the plants machines kicked out), keep in mind that a case can range from 400 to 800 addresses and remembering where they are on the case. Then we have to mark all of our packages from the big ones to the small ones. Once that is done we have to pull all of it down, collect our dps which are trays of letters with things such as cards, your bills and anything else. Then we have to load it all into our trucks and while we are on the street we have to pay attention and pull from the tray of raw mail, the tray of dps, and our packages, while we have to pay attention to the streets and numbers on the mail boxes. Can you guys do all of that and be 100 percent accurate all day every day? We make mistakes, we are human, we apologize, and try to make it right. Keep in mind we are working 7 days a week now. As far as carriers not attempting to go to your door when something has to be signed for I have no excuse for them and they should be going to the door, just know that not all carriers are like that.

    Feb 26, 2016
  • anon

    I have to say I make more mistakes at work then my mail carrier. He is great, he also walks over and hands me my mail if I'm in the front yard.

    Mar 01, 2016
  • anon

    The USPS is gradually moving closer to 21st century standards. I say, Bravo! Now if only we could convince our letter carrier to show up for work during the week and become accustomed to the numerals 1 to 10 (as they appear as house numbers). The poor dear is new and a bit overtaxed, I feel. All of the original carriers have either died off or retired. Just dreadful, just impeccably dreadful! Nevertheless, kudo's to the USPS for moving forward. Slowly. But yet moving!

    Feb 14, 2016
  • anon

    We should honor the Sabbath...very poor choice USPS. I hate that we are selling our religious freedom for Amazon. Feels like government over reach once again. I know it could be accomplished in 6 days and save money.....poor choice.

    Feb 06, 2016
  • anon

    You can celebrate sunday. Some people Have to work Sunday to provide for their families.

    Mar 25, 2016
  • anon

    Religion? Honor? What honor can you expect from such a dishonest concept?

    Mar 10, 2016
  • anon

    Good point! Let's stop work at the hospitals, give policemen and firemen the Sabbath off too. "Sorry, can't do CPR, put out your house fire, protect you from an intruder. Everyone has been given the Sabbath off. Just hang in there until Monday and we've got you covered."

    Mar 06, 2016
  • anon

    The Sabbath is from Friday evening, through Saturday evening. Read your Bible more, pay less attention to religious "officials."

    Feb 28, 2016
  • anon

    The Sabbath actually isn't on Saturday. It is established at every "new" moon and from that point the day is established. Keep in mind the moon is part of God's established calendar and sets the rhythm for days of worship (like the Sabbath). Modern calendars are set up based on the Sun. So this means the majority of the time almost no Christians are worshiping the Sabbath on the actual Sabbath. If you go by the modern calendar you'll almost always be off.

    Mar 13, 2016
  • anon

    If you would like to honor the sabbath you are more than welcome too. Meanwhile, the rest of the world doesn't have to submit to "your religious freedoms". This is not a government overreach, and if you think so you are clearly delusional. They are simply trying to stay profitable in a time when competition is stiff. Would you rather them continue to suffer and go out of business? Think of all the jobs that could be lost, or the families that would struggle without those jobs. You couldn't careless, because of your "religious" beliefs; which I can guarantee you don't even follow, since I am sure you have cooked dinner on a Sunday which would of course be against the rules of the sabbath. You are truly a self absorbed person with little regard to what others believe in or how you push your religion onto the rest of us who ALSO have religious freedoms. Please do us a favor and keep your religious opinions to yourself.

    Feb 14, 2016
  • anon

    Dang they sure told you Austin lol. But I must agree with them. You can't force religious customs in a country that is trying to do away with government and religion being in the same sentence.

    Feb 28, 2016
  • anon

    Appreciate & Bless God Everyday! Do you think He did not consider that many must work on preferred days off? Consider the ant. When you can take a day off, thank God. He knows right where each of us are & He knows our hearts. I think He'd rather you eat and provide for yourself & loved ones that sulk about which day to reverence Him. Do that without ceasing... If you are working today, at least you don't have to feel guilty now or feel compelled to argue the Sabbath Day. Be blessed yall!...

    Mar 13, 2016
  • anon

    Amen brother. Let's pray for those that feel the need to feel pushed into it and those that try to force one into it. I don't see why the ones who aren't believers even comment and vice versa. Why does a disciple of Christ feel compelled to scold? Aren't we commanded to Love? John 15:12. May God be with the carriers as they work so diligently to get our mail to us.

    Mar 27, 2016
  • anon

    The great thing about America is the freedom of religion, which includes freedom from religion. There are people out there with different beliefs from you that are allowed to work on the Sabbath. Let's continue to be a free country and respect other people's choices. We shouldn't take Saudia Arabia's lead and force our religion on everyone. Let America be great.

    Feb 14, 2016
  • anon

    Lol I am sorry, but you are an idiot... Do you know how many "Christians" in the US actually go to church? Honestly, no one cares, and not everyone is a Christian in America. Saturday is the Sabbath for Jews, but the mall doesn't close on Saturday. Friday is very important for Muslims, but they don't get a break at all...

    Feb 12, 2016
  • anon

    ^^^^^^ that is the best comment ever.

    Feb 28, 2016
  • anon

    This has been the biggest joke (especially trying to track a package, it can't be done accurately by usps). The post office is already a big failure and will continue to be under government "management". Amazon has done this to save a few bucks and now they will lose thousands from people shopping else where (as I have already started doing). What idiot at amazon thought this was a good idea? I sure wouldn't hire them to run my business (into the ground). Goodbye amazon, and USPS you still don't have a clue.

    Feb 01, 2016
  • anon

    Maybe you should try something before opening your ignorant mouth. I receive packages from Amazon with text notification. I'm notified first when it has shipped and expected delivery date. Then I'm notified the day before delivery. Then within an hour of delivery, I'm notified it was delivered. Wow tracking is so hard! It's such a pain to read my text messages to keep track.

    Feb 29, 2016
  • anon

    If USPS delivers on weekends, then obviously it includes a Saturday delivery too. Yet, just like the weekend deliveries, a USPS Saturday delivery can only be availed if you opt to use an upgraded mail service, and not the standard one.

    Feb 04, 2016
  • anon

    I ordered an item & had it sent to USPS in Quartzsite, Az. The shipper had my name, general delivery, complete address & etc. to Quartzsite clearly marked on package. Upon its arrival at post office it was quickly returned to sender. When I went in next day to pick up package I was informed it had been returned because of insufficient address. I have been told many other people have had same experience with this post office. With service like this no wonder USPS is having difficulties!

    Jan 22, 2016
  • anon

    My complaint is post office to po box delivery - is not in the mail box 7 weeks later. If they can not handle internal deliveries - why are they trying to expand. Standard delivery should not be seven weeks for a package mailed 11/28/2016 and still not sorted out and in the po box. Quartzsite Arizonia post office is a joke.

    Jan 19, 2016
  • anon

    I would also like to add despite my package not being delivered even though USPS tracking stated that it was delivered to my front porch ups and Federal Express at least knock on the door when they leave a package, unlike usps.and as I read the comments there are very few if any positive comments almost all of them are dissatified customers. which leads me to the question why would anyone want to use USPS????

    Jan 18, 2016
  • anon

    I tracked it packagethat was supposedly delivered to my front porch today January 18th 2016 despite the fact that it said it was delivered at 2:20 p.m. to my front porch I never received the item. I've been home all day and there was no package delivered. I don't know where was delivered but it definitely was not delivered to my front porch.when I contacted uspsthey stated there would be no mail today to to the holiday martin luther king junior. So I'm not understanding why when Itracked the packageI posted that it was delivered to my front porch because I never received the item. it is very upsetting to me. and I must say that I never have a problem with UPS or Federal Express

    Jan 18, 2016
  • anon

    Our postal workers are overworked and underpaid. Blame the system, not the messenger. Let's leave Sunday as a day of rest and give our hardworking citizens a break!

    Jan 17, 2016
  • anon

    Unfortunately, I know USPS very well and I've had continuing issues with their delivery service. Specifically, on several occasions - 4 to be exact - I've been at home, waiting for VA prescribed medication for a service-connected disability. The medication is sent Signature Required so the delivery-person has to come to my door and have me or my wife sign. As we're waiting - staying home and not doing other things we could be doing - 4 times we've waited until the end of the day, only to go out to our mailbox and find that a "Sorry we missed you - reschedule delivery by..." note has been left in our mailbox. My house is less than twenty feet from the street/my mailbox. On one occasion, I saw the driver pulling up and, expecting my package, I started walking out to sign so he didn't have to get out of the truck. He didn't see me coming and he left my mail in the mailbox and started driving away. I opened my mail box and there was another "Sorry we missed you" notice. I literally chased him down, he mumbled some lame excuse about the handheld not being charged, and then had me sign for the package on the handheld that supposedly wasn't charged. Certainly I called and complained and the supervisor I spoke with assured me it wouldn't happen again. I explained it happens regularly - they leave "Sorry we missed you" notices for my medication without checking if we're home or not - and all they could say was "It won't happen again." The other time we call the Post Office and they have to call the driver and tell him to go back to our home because we're sitting there waiting for him, as we had been all day. I know that all Postal Workers are not bad, lazy, etc., and I've also had good experiences with postal workers that I could write about. But overall, the Post Office itself has followed the trend all government agencies have. They have management that is incompetent, they have a system that fails to hold people accountable, and they don't have to answer to anyone...hopefully we vote with our dollars and use their competitors as much as possible. In my professional life I also deal with the Post Office and I have a close working relationship with a specific account manager who is great. However, she's working in a system that's beyond her control to effect any real remedy to a lot of the delivery issues I call her with. Try as she might - and she does try - I feel bad for her in the sense that she's the forward-facing manager who has to apologize for things that are out of her hands. Like most other government agencies, it's time for reform...while in no ways a simple process or easy to implement, privatization of most services is the answer.

    Jan 16, 2016
  • anon

    I purchased from Amazon on 1/9/16 and received a email confirmation stating that delivery would take place on 1/11/16. Over the weekend I checked the tracking info a few times each day and the info consistently read that delivery would be on Monday 1/11/16. Well, imagine my surprise at receiving an email this morning stating that delivery was attempted on Sunday evening 1/10/16 at 9:12 pm. How is this possible since I was at home watching television at that time. No one rang the bell and no notice was left. I asked for a redelivery of 1/14/16 but the tracking info still reads that delivery will take place today by 8:00 pm. I think that the post office should get its act together- no wonder it is in financial difficulty

    Jan 11, 2016
  • anon

    That's easy. they lie! USPS has done that for years with signature required, why would it be any different for sunday delivery?

    Jan 15, 2016
  • anon

    Most private mailbox companies are closed on Sunday.

    Jan 10, 2016

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