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

    May 21, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 14, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 12, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 12, 2016
  • anon

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    May 10, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 08, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 07, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 07, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 01, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 01, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 21, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 21, 2016
  • anon

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

    May 21, 2016
  • anon

    Maybe in your area, but not in mine. The guy that delivers my packages on Sunday has a normal route during the week as well, Sunday is a normal work day for him, he gets Monday and Tuesday's off and they rotate coverage those days. In most markets USPS has not hired additional carriers for this service.

    May 08, 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 totally agree with that. I can't believe how people are so needy now a days and for what? They have so much more and still want it to be better, faster, stronger, etc. When will people calm down?

    May 11, 2016
  • anon

    People not "calming" down is how we've become so advanced so quickly. I'd like people to continue on their natural trajectory.

    May 14, 2016
  • anon

    People not "calming" down is how we've become so advanced so quickly. I'd like people to continue on their natural trajectory.

    May 14, 2016
  • anon

    Huh? This has nothing to do with "respect" or being grateful. This is a business and a job, not a volunteer organization. If someone has a family and doesnt want to work on Sunday, then they should find a new job that doesnt require them to work on Sunday. Are you grateful for the flight attendant on the airplane having to work on Sunday? Or the local gas station attendant? This isn't the armed forces, it's a job. The job they applied for. The USPS is simply trying to remain competitive, and lets face it. They are NOT competitive at the moment. UPS, FedEx & DHL are kicking their butt in every way possible. How many decades did it take for the USPS to finally get simple online package tracking for pete's sake?! "Back in the day" they were the only game in town. Today the USPS is a dinosaur from a long past era like Bell Telephone or General Electric. If they cant at least pay for themselves, then they and all their lifetime employees with their lifetime pensions should be shut down once and for all.

    May 08, 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

    I understand Vanessa. It sounds to me that if your religious practices are so important, then you need to find another job that doesnt require you to work on Sunday, There are plenty of them out there. OH WAIT. That also means you wouldn't get the sweet government perks though, huh. Like the PREMIUM pay for working on Sunday. (I dont get that. I'm salaried). Or the government pension that pays you a wage FOR LIFE. (Pro tip: NOBODY in the "civilian world" gets that anymore), Or the auto insurance discounts from USAA and the like. Or the Federal Employee Health Insurance Benefits (Are you paying $800 for family insurance with a $3000 deductible like I am? Nope.) So suck it up cupcake. You have the dream job and will be comfortably retired collecting your pension into your 90's while the rest of us continue working to make ends meet. And I'll bet $100 you'll also be complaining about those "lazy poor people" collecting a few measly foods stamps off the "government teat" out of the other side of your mouth while you spend your generous government check in comfort.

    May 08, 2016
  • anon

    Barry it sounds like you are jealous why don't you go to work for the postal services?!? She already stated she didn't work on Sunday's.. So Vanessa isn't getting those Sunday premiums.. She doesn't need to only a mimimal amount of routes run on Sunday's .. Again with the I'm in this situation.. Sound like a poor me cry.. If you want to make the money they are making then submit and application.. Instead of hating on her..

    May 22, 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

    You do realize that USPS does Not collect tax payer money in any way, right? Google it.

    May 23, 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

    Nobody is being "forced" to do anything. If their religion requires them to not work on Sunday, then they should quit and find a job that doesn't require them to work on Sunday. There are plenty of them out there and there a LOT of people who will gladly take their sweet government job with all it's perks. (Premium pay on Sunday, Overtime, Federal Insurance, PENSION, etc). You know why people work the the USPS their whole life and you NEVER see any of them quit? Because it's a SWEET deal. You shouldn't pity them, you should envy them. As for Amazon, If you don't want it on Sunday, that choose standard delivery and wait a week. Something tells' me you wont be doing that though,

    May 08, 2016
  • anon

    Yall are 3 years late

    Mar 18, 2016
  • anon

    That will explain why they not getting packages on Sunday. They probably stopped delivering on Sundays.

    May 08, 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

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