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

    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

    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 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 personally think that this new partnership that Amazon has created with USPS stinks! To be more blunt, Amazon has made a deal with the devil! I have recently cancelled my Amazon Prime membership because I was constantly not getting the 2-Day Prime Delivery that Amazon claims to guarantee and the reason for this is due to the USPS not being able to deliver in that window of time. If a person pays $99 a year for a membership, then they should be allowed to have choices in the carrier that delivers their packages, i.e., UPS, Fed-Ex- or USPS. Amazon won't allow us to have choices, so that's why I cancelled my membership and I am now not even shopping with Amazon. I have found other vendors who ship using only reputable and reliable carriers like UPS or Fed-Ex.

    Dec 18, 2016
  • anon

    I think it should happen nation wide. They can just rotate days if they want a day off

    Dec 18, 2016
  • anon

    Each station only has so many CCAs to send for Amazon and can not rotate most weeks. After 2-3 weeks of 10 to 12 hour days (7 days a week) I have to fight for a day off. Next sunday is Easter. We will be delivering on a normal pay scale with no holiday pay. All because people can't order on the correct day or wait an extra day for their packages.

    Apr 08, 2017
  • anon

    Rotate days off, are you serious? You have no clue! Most offices are understaffed, carriers working 7 days a week 10 hrs and more mostly 12 hours a day. No current hiring and cant get management to hire for positions specifically created for amazon deliveries. What happens when people are overworked? Let me tell you, injuries, illnesses, and accidents. Good people are quitting because its just to much. Quality of life is not worth the abuse, you have no quality if you are always working. We have people that have gone a month straight no days off, no end in sight. Would you do it? Regular carriers working days off, relief carriers going past 80 hours a week (yes a week). Please OIG DO SOMETHING!!!!!. Amazon is why you can't retain employees. Wake up! We were told we would get rotating days off, that doesn't happen when you are understaffed. Still no hiring posting for our office. Why?

    Jan 18, 2017
  • anon

    Sounds like it's more of a problem with USPS than Amazon. If you're that unhappy working there or if you're suffering because your work environment is too difficult, then find another job. I don't believe anybody is forcing you to work at the USPS; slavery was abolished over 150 years ago.

    Apr 02, 2017
  • anon

    Right on Tammy! We don't get a choice whether we want to work on Sundays either. We are told 3 days before we have to work that we are doing it. They don't give us more pay and half the time when I have to drive to the city to work Amazon Sunday they don't have the directions or addresses downloaded for us to follow turn by turn. It's a huge stress and definitely not how we want to spend our Sundays. Plus it's during church so we have to miss church just to deliver your packages you could've waited till Monday to get. No one needs their packages delivered on Sunday. They told us during the holidays it was only going to go till Jan. 8th 2017 but it's still going on and we are still being forced. If they want to force us to work I don't see why they can't give us better pay.

    Feb 24, 2017
  • anon

    My packages from Amazon were not delivered on Saturday and we were home. The carrier took them back to the post office. I need my packages.

    Dec 18, 2016
  • anon

    As Amazon Prime members we should get more options at checkout on who delivers our packages (USPS, UPS etc) and when they get delivered (like don't deliver on the weekend option). It makes no sense to be delivering packages on Sunday. Most people are resting, getting ready for the upcoming week, postal carriers should be doing the same. The only time I could see there being a slight exception is during the Christmas holiday season. Anything I order can wait till Monday. That budget for Sunday deliveries should go to hiring more people, raising salaries, and updating their local offices and operating facilities.

    Dec 04, 2016
  • anon

    It makes no sense to deliver packages on Sunday, maybe to you. However, it makes perfect sense to me! This global economy is constantly running 24/7. The budget for Sunday deliveries is paid for by Amazon. Trust me, the USPS is not losing money on this deal. Also, if you don't want Sunday deliveries, then don't choose the free 2 day option for prime members when you order on a Friday. Select the standard shipping. Your comment just goes to show that you can't please everyone!!! Someone is always going to have something negative to say. Also, you said "The only time I could see there being a slight exception is during the Christmas holiday season." According to you, most people are resting, getting ready for the upcoming week, and postal carriers should be doing the same. With that rational in mind, why do the carriers not deserve rest, and time to prepare for the upcoming week during the Christmas holiday season? Is this because you think your holiday season is the most important of the year? #OneSidedThinking

    Mar 12, 2017
  • anon

    Then as a fellow Amazon prime member, you should use your commen sense. For example, if you order on a Friday, DONT PICK FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING. Instead pick standard shipping so it's more likely to show up on a weekday.

    Jan 15, 2017
  • 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

    Yaya, totally agree with you here. I'm definitely not postal service's decision for Sunday. I wanted to say that first because I also want to add that despite of how well it's deserved and how it is so well overdue, we have to be careful when thinking of what they do deserve it where it's coming from. Just for our own protection. It sucks but the post office also run like a private business is actually owned by the federal government. So any raising funds unfortunately comes from your and my tax dollars. I still don't think it's a catch-22 anytime you're not operating your saving money as far as the Postal Service goes. I'm just wondering if it is actually cheaper to do the type of delivery on Sunday against the work they have to make up on Monday who knows. Maybe somebody can Google it I'm too tired because it's Sunday and I'm relaxing and I don't care if I get my mail lol. Rock on

    Jan 08, 2017
  • anon

    Same thing happened to me just now.

    Dec 11, 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

    Job security

    Mar 19, 2017
  • 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

    Sheri, amen to everything you said girlfriend!!! Clay.

    Dec 23, 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

    You wont be taking jobs away, thats total bull. We have plenty of hours regardless, we dont need this sunday and holiday crap. The post office is understaffed, they dont have enough people to even cover a regular work week. And besides that our trucks are not designed to haul 120 packages. I see no reason why you cant wait until monday. Ups should have taken this deal, they are better equipped to handle the volume. We also have to split amazon routes because of the under staffing issues.

    Apr 19, 2017
  • anon

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

    Nov 20, 2016
  • anon

    Thats illegal

    Dec 04, 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

    Your tax dollars DO NOT fund the USPS. Do your research. We are a self sufficient branch of the Government. Keep your tax dollars spend it elsewhere.

    Dec 04, 2016
  • anon

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

    Oct 30, 2016
  • anon

    That's irrelevant when you consider that the Post Office is granted a monopoly that it can skim money off of to help subsidize its package delivery operation. Not to mention the fact that it is exempt from many regulations that cost its competitors big bucks. Then there's the fact that the Post Office runs to who, when it has money problems? You guessed it, the government. So the Post Office's supposed privatization was just a distraction, the federal government still holds its hand and wipes its rump when necessary. Then there's the fact that after its major automation push that was supposed to reduce the work force, the GOA congressional briefing of '95 stated that that had not happened. Isn't the purpose of automation to reduce the workforce? If it looks that a government agency and walks like a government agency (inefficient and wasteful), it probably is a government agency! Even our revered big-G pres said the Post Office is always having problems and that UPS and Fed-Ex are doing fine. LOL. That's probably because the Post Office, while supposedly a private business, doesn't use good business practices. For example you pay the same if the letter you're sending goes to the town next door, or two thousand miles away. Obviously the one going two thousand miles away is going to cost more in resources, but you pay the same. The P.O. gets away with this because it is insulated from by the government from the consequences of such unsound practices. I heard someone refer to the P.O. as the U.S. government's first socialist endeavor because of this. I think they have a point. The P.O. as it presently exists is a dinosaur on life-support. It's time to pull the plug and let this thing fossilize.

    Dec 04, 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

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