Amazon Prime customers in New York and Los Angeles will now be eligible for Sunday deliveries, just in time for holiday shopping. The latest service update is a collaboration with the ailing US Postal Service (USPS), who nearly stopped Saturday deliveries earlier this year.
The USPS saw loses in $16 billion last year. The limited delivery schedule would have saved the USPS $2 billion each year, but Congressional legislation prohibited the USPS from reducing delivery days. With no other options, the government agency would have had to cut hours and services, so it’s not likely that service quality will drastically increase, given that the USPS plans to do no new hires to handle the extra work.
In a press statement, the Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahue, emphasizes the USPS’s reliable service.
As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option of having packages delivered on Sunday.
With this new service, the Postal Service is now delivering packages seven days a week in select cities. Customers can expect the same reliable and valued service that the Postal Service currently provides.
The USPS is expected to offer Amazon Sunday deliveries to more cities next year including the following metropolitan areas: Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix. For LA and NYC residents, the service starts this week, so Amazon Prime members ordering on Friday will be receiving packages on Sunday. There will be no additional charges for the weekend delivery.