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

    Along with plant consolidations and staffing issues, i don't see a great way atm to handle all this and get everything out on time

    Dec 05, 2017
  • anon

    I feel it is a shame that employees don't get Sunday off. I feel we should honor Sundays off at least for those that worship I work as a nurse and have always felt that working all holidays and Sundays and never having a choice was a hardship on family and family values. I very much appreciate the postal workers and when things go wrong, I think of how many businesses get everything right. We are not perfect, none of us.

    Nov 05, 2017
  • anon

    Not everyone is a Christian.

    Nov 26, 2017
  • anon

    I am a christian and I know were suppose to not work on Sundays but I also understand that some people need to work whenever they get the chance. For instance as I said I am a christian but I still have to work on Sundays. I also haven't been able to make it to church in a long time. It's not that I don't want to go, it's just finding the time to. I feel that being a person of worship isn't about weather you have the bible memorized word for word or if you go to church every Sunday, It's about doing what you believe is the right thing and respecting the people around you and their decisions no matter their race, religion, or ethnicity.

    Nov 06, 2017
  • anon

    I always thought the day off because of religion thing was kinda weird. But its a free day off so cant complain too much when its offered.

    Nov 16, 2017
  • anon

    There are PDF Files where you can look to see if Sunday delivery is available in your area. I am so happy to not have Sunday Delivery. I appreciate my Mail Man and I can wait a day for a package if it means he gets some time off.

    Oct 22, 2017
  • anon

    i see a big problem with it. When UPS and FED-EX delivered my packages I received Them at my door. Now that they are going through the USPS they refuse to deliver to our house. I have to pick the packages up at the Post Office which is open 9-4. With work makes very hard to get there. PO is 12 miles from my house. It defeats the purpose of ordering online.

    Oct 20, 2017
  • anon

    Why bother with usps if they won't deliver on the required date. I love my post woman, but this is stupid. Get your act together or get ready to be completely replaced by fed-ex / ups.

    Oct 07, 2017
  • anon

    Hi, as an Amazon customer, I would like to know if there is a way to alert the post office or Amazon that I DO NOT want Sunday deliveries. I can wait an extra day for my packages and I do not want to be the one requiring postal workers to work on Sundays or holidays. Thanks, USPS, for what you do. You are not a perfect system, but I've not yet found one that is! I think y'all do a great job.

    Sep 23, 2017
  • anon

    As a postal employee recently being forced to work in a different location on Sundays, I appreciate your comment more than you can imagine.

    Oct 09, 2017
  • anon

    Today is my third time to experience the same "Attempted Delivery" due to delivery staff having "No Access to delivery location" on a Sunday. But during weekdays they have total access to our apartment doors. I just think its suspicious.

    Sep 10, 2017
  • anon

    I ordered a two day shipping package from amazon and it was supposed to deliver Sunday but it didn't and now the usps tracking number says it's available for pick up WHEN ITS NOT EVEN REALLY AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP. Why doesn't it update and tell you it's not available for pick up and where your package actually is ??

    Sep 05, 2017
  • anon

    Will my overnight priority mail express package be delivered today on labor day even if it was supposed to be here this past Saturday b4 noon? I got an update saying it left the usps destination facility this morning but that was the last update 4 hours ago. Will they still try to deliver it on this holiday? I was also curious if it's supposed to update it hit the post office since it's closed today and I have no idea where CCA'S pickup mail.

    Sep 04, 2017
  • anon

    If Something is Mailed From CENTREVILLE ALABAMA ON SATURDAY,Does The Mail Truck Carrying it to ATLANTA,GA.STILL TRANSPORT ON MON.Labor Day ,Even though Post Offices Are Closed ?

    Sep 03, 2017
  • anon

    Ok, I ordered 2 packages on Friday September 1st 2017 and I tapped 2 day shipping it said I'll get them on Sunday September 3rd 2017. I have no idea if I'll get them on Sunday or next week? Can someone help me please.....

    Sep 02, 2017
  • anon

    Do first class packages from websites other than Amazon get delivered on Sunday?

    Sep 01, 2017
  • anon

    Will you deliver Amazon packages on Labor Day this year?

    Aug 25, 2017
  • anon

    Yes

    Sep 01, 2017
  • anon

    I have seen the usps trucks in the neiborhoods on Sundays, but did not know they were delivering packages for Amazon. Hate to say it, but I believe it is another way the usps has found to continue to run up a deficit. Who is the winner on this one? Amazon for sure. I understand they receive a subsidy of $1.23 from the post office for every Amazon package delivered by the post office.

    Aug 20, 2017
  • anon

    you might want to talk to your local post office location manager or Post Master about using the Local Post office address instead of listing a po box number you'd address it like this To: Your Name 12345 Their Street/Ave Unit: # 4500 instead of Po Box # 4500 There/Your City & St / Zip Code what this does unless the shipper uses certain UPS or FedEx services like super saver ect will allow UPS / FedEx to deliver it to that Post office Location form there the PO will complete the delivery to your box or leave a notice they got your package for window of it they have it available a PO locker like a bus/airport locker for pick it up by leaving a key inside your po box be aware not all postal office locations are doing this.. but talking to your local post office manager/postmaster about doing it if they aren't might help

    Jul 04, 2017
  • anon

    Usually have good service through our local USPS. I have been ordering through Amazon for over 4 years at the same location. Not once has anyone left something on the door at our location. However, yesterday they left a package and of course it is stolen, as our offices are off the freeway! There was no common sense shown yesterday from whoever left a big package for someone to pawn!

    Jul 03, 2017
  • anon

    I think it is a. Broken system at first i use to get a Sunday delivey no an then now it is never like today i have got over 100 deliverys this year alone to my house from usps during the week on Sunday like today says unbelievable as addressed an usually says take from parcel locker an it's full held at post office am they deliver sunday now today says something different im home it's Sunday an it's an amazon payed sunday delivey last time lady from Warwick office tells me no one from west Warwick to pick up the packages for Sunday delivey to me this is wrong to put this when they have brang me over 200 packages an over 100 deliverys to date this year alone i no alll my mail men an the regular weekly men are great they even drop off my packages on my top step as it says second floor an do there job better then any i have seen in some many years most will not even come to the door they take the time to leave something were i have asked an they ring my doorbell for signature or even when they leave something so i can get it .Just not shaw why when it's a sunday delivey doesn't go from providence Ri to west Warwick the packages go to warwick an they just put anything into the tracking i gather as we been outside all day its 4th weekend an no one came an even if so saying unbelievable they need a button to say sorry we can not make it today will deliver tomorrow not something that can effect my 300 dollar plus delivery. An stop taking are money an sellers money for Sunday deliveys false advertisement.

    Jul 02, 2017
  • anon

    For the love of God, throw some form of punctuation in there! You, Sir, have won; that is the longest sentence I have ever read...

    Oct 08, 2017
  • anon

    For petesake, what makes you people think that "the poor folk at the post office have to work 7 days straight now". It's rotating schedules and shifts! It's shifts! How do you people not know that! Who are you and did you pass 6th grade? The post office isn't your friend! They are not there to please you! They will only adapt and adjust when forced from outside pressure. They will do as little as possible to provide what they HAVE TO. Hahaha "those poor post office employees"

    Jul 02, 2017
  • anon

    Wrong...worked 4 months straight without a day off and usually at least 3 weeks without a day off thanks to Amazon Sundays. The "rotating schedule" you speak of is non-existent. Next.

    Oct 19, 2017
  • anon

    What ever happened to a day of rest which in it's self was 1st observed by God Himself? !!!!!!

    Jun 24, 2017
  • anon

    Do you realize the USPS delivers a lot of fed ex and ups packages? There are a lot of hard working people working there. Try to load or unload a truck sometime then tell us how lazy they are. They can do this! Granted there are some lazy people there but that is in any job.

    Jun 19, 2017
  • anon

    Had a mail truck sitting at end of our street for awhile. Went out and took a pic. They then drove off.

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Got a lot of free time on your hands, huh? Either you're unemployed or disabled. Get a life a stop stalking postal workers.

    Sep 24, 2017
  • anon

    Are you serious? They were sitting there sorting mail for the next part of their route. They pull off where there is room, and sort. There is not a lot of room in the trucks, all the mail and packages is crammed in there. They sort their route sections at a time.

    Jul 29, 2017
  • anon

    USPS was way over their head getting the Amazon Prime contract. Majority of your carriers are archaic and can barely operate modern technology. Hire new blood and pink slip everyone over 40. Your carriers who were working before the prime contract were used to doing very few packages and a LOT of junk mail. Zero work ethic for customer satisfaction. I have had dozens of orders show up late, improper tracking updates, PACKAGE TRACKING UPDATE FRAUDULENCE!! I happened to be outside when the postman pulled up. I get a text saying it can not be delivered and then he promptly drove off. He obviously just stopped to get a geotag on his scanner for the apartment complex. I have had multiple orders with relevant handling and frankly I cannot wait for the USPS to be shut down and have my prime orders passed onto a competent package delivery service.

    May 21, 2017
  • anon

    Idk maybe it could be due to the fact that you make rude comments like firing old people which btw is age discrimination. Usps is the only job in my area that doesn't pay slace wages.

    Jun 23, 2017
  • anon

    Why does USPS lie and state "Can't access front door" every time I have a Sunday delivery? I never get the package until Monday. I called the East Aurora, NY post office today to ask WHY??? and he said some garbage about my packages not being added to the route, and this is a general thing they stamp it as when that happens -- so, a LIE. He took my address so that, in case I will be getting a package next Sunday, they will actually try to deliver it. NOT MUCH HELP AT ALL!!!

    May 08, 2017
  • anon

    Hi Barb, Thanks for your comment. To best address this issue, please file a report with the OIG's Hotline by clicking the red button at the top of this page that reads "report fraud, waste, and abuse."

    May 08, 2017
  • anon

    Can i pick up package that came into Florence, SC hub (today at 9:00am) today on a Sunday? Instead of waiting until tomorrow for delivery?

    Apr 30, 2017
  • anon

    Personally I think the fact that we deliver on Sundays is crazy yet needed. I work for USPS and I deliver over 100 packages on Sunday and there are at least twenty of us from my local hub.. There are many hubs for it within the USPS. My main issue is holidays, Thanksgiving, Easter, memorial day, etc. This is just wrong! I'm not sure on Christmas yet but to me, no morals. My bf Army Ranger Vet said it's unamerican to work memorial day. That's one of the hardest times for him and as a soldier in many tours Somalia and losing young Rangers. Yet we are out delivering packages for Amazon (?) I hear people saying this parties work for the post office on Sunday, that is false. I work now seven days a week bi weekly. As non career employees we must work Sunday and holidays. I did not know holidays going in

    Apr 20, 2017
  • anon

    I live in a small town. Postal service here is great. Get Sunday deliveries too. No problems at all here . Thank you

    Apr 15, 2017
  • anon

    The USPS has to realize that Amazon is -not- their partner. Amazon is their competitor. The whole deliver on Sunday deal is an Aggressive (immoral) push on Amazon's end. It's a bully company. They've pretty much said, "deliver our stuff on Sunday and don't charge us very much to ship our packages because we like to offer our customers free shipping .....or else we'll cut you off and seek out other companies who would love to have all of our business volume. The kicker is that sooner or later Amazon -will- deliver all of their own packages themselves down the road. The USPS will lose Amazons business in that regard anyways. They've made it clear that this is their objective with announcing a drone program, patents on a blimp warehouse and an already existent fleet of Amazon trucks that delivers to metro areas. USPS, don't sacrifice your ideals for this company or any other. Trust me, online shopping isn't going away nor is it limited to just Amazon. People don't want to leave their houses anymore. There'll be plenty of work to go around.

    Mar 20, 2017
  • anon

    It will be interesting to see how this moves to person to person Sunday service.

    Mar 19, 2017
  • anon

    I have a p.o. box the mail is never delivered on time now they can't deliver on Sundays. I'll go there for to pickup my mail and packages after 11:00am and I have to wait sometimes a very lon time. Because the mailman won't get there until 12-12:30pm. Also, today I received an email saying that my packages can't be delivered because no one is in the post office so they left a notice saying that they'll deliver my packages tomorrow. These are Amazon.com packages being delivered to me. I would appreciate it if this problem can be taken care of.

    Feb 05, 2017
  • anon

    ALSO make sure your using the Correct Zip + 4 Code this helps allot some or most post offices have a separate zip codes for there PO Boxes aside from the normal home/business address delivery zip codes on po box allot of the box clerks will look at the zip + 4 since the + 4 code at most po box locations is the Box number like po box 450 zip would be example: YourCity AL 331xx - 0450

    Jul 04, 2017
  • anon

    After the holidays Amazon deliveries start from a hub station. This means that all the surrounding cities go to one large station and deliver their cities packages out of that station. Because you have a PO box your box is in your mail station which is not open on Sundays and the carriers have no access to. There is no possible way to have them delivered that day. If you want Sunday delivery you need to have them delivered to your residence or find the hub station and ask to pick them up from there.

    Apr 08, 2017
  • anon

    Our post office (the one on Beacon Street in San Pedro, Ca) never delivers packages on Sundays. That includes the packages that is included in criteria for Sunday delivery. They make up some excuse claiming that they can not gain access to deliver our package. They have absolute access. Why is that? We have had nothing but problems with them.

    Jan 22, 2017
  • anon

    fantastic idea Evolution does not favor the strong or the smart , it favors those who are able to adapt to a new situation . The scariest part of doing business in the post office is the accidental walking into the post office and forgeting that you're carrying a permitted concealed weapon, Terrifying proposition where a slip of Mind get you in jail

    Jan 22, 2017
  • anon

    I am a regular rural carrier and very aware of the importance of correct delivery, every now and then a parcel will get thrown to the wrong carrier, that being said, we are not deliberately not delivering parcels, as far as carriers bringing your parcels back there should only be a few reasons,1. Inclimate weather with no cover for your parcels2. It had to be signed for and you were not home 3. You live too far off the road as carries are only required to go half a mile round trip, I do go farther for my customers except days after holidays or during Christmas,also keep in mind we are not limited to parcel delivery as Fed Ex and UPS are,we also deliver,magazines, letter mail and accountable mail such as registereds,certified, insured etc

    Jan 16, 2017
  • anon

    The local Post Office in Bellevue, Washington has been a disaster for several years now! It has been covered by our local TV news (KOMO TV) and by hundreds on Neighbor.com not to mention the 20 times I've personally contacted the local PO, Consumer Affairs offices, and district offices to NO avail. My promised Amazon Prime delivers are days late, my neighbors get my important and sensitive mail, I get their mail, mail sent to me is sent back to senders with "no delivery address found" and more. This is outrageous and I've written Jeff Bezos and others at Amazon corporate offices here in Seattle to demand that they DROP USPS for Prime deliveries or loose thousands of loyal customers. Just "Google USPS and Amazon delivery complaints". While I'd like to support our good old Post Office system, you people have NOT done your job and taken on way more than you can handle. Your core competency is to delivery mail/parcels/packages on time and to the CORRECT address. You've failed that miserably here in Bellevue Washington and other places I've investigated. I have complaint record numbers, documentation, and more if you're willing to contact me or my neighbors who now avoid the USPS in any way possible!

    Jan 08, 2017
  • anon

    I have gotten excellent service from the post office a few miles away outside of Redmond, Washington. It may be that I live on a major road a few miles from the central USPS sorting center in Redmond and/or that the Redmond post office is exemplary--but I am very pleased.

    May 14, 2017
  • anon

    I like the idea of this and we have experienced it here in Springfield IL the post office delivered a Amazon ordered package to us on Sunday. That being said, we make our living selling items on ebay, another huge forum and we are struggling to keep up with Amazon. So one would say why not sell on Amazon right? We checked into it, basically Amazon does not really want affiliates to sell on there forum but rather they want the sale and the profit from the sale so they prefer to do it all themselves. Amazon's minimum sales fee is 15% of the sale which is a little over double the fee we pay on ebay right now, our ebay fee is 7.2%. Our net year end margin seems to be around 18% after paying ebay the 7.2% so for us to pay the 15% commission would greatly reduce our profit and not leave much left for us in terms of profits. The large corporations continue to squeeze and run small businesses out.

    Dec 31, 2016
  • anon

    I am an Amazon Prime member, Sunday delivery doesn't make sense to me. It really doesn't matter to me if it's Sunday or Monday. I say give the carriers the day off!

    Dec 18, 2016
  • anon

    I totally agree. Give the USPS workers one day off and your packages will be delivered with far less error and that will make everyone happy

    May 23, 2017

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