The United States Post Office (USPS) is partnering with Amazon to have packages delivered to Amazon customers on Sundays. And this is not just for Amazon Prime customers, despite earlier reports. Now you can have your Amazon packages delivered on Sunday by the post office, right to your door!
Explains Dave Clark, VP of Worldwide Operations for Amazon, “If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can order a backpack for your child on Friday and be packing it for them Sunday night.”
As mentioned above, however, the service is available to all Amazon customers, not just Amazon prime customers.
At a time when the post office is considering such drastic measures as ending Saturday delivery (in fact begging to be allowed to end Saturday delivery), and has closed more than 3500 regional post offices, the addition of a Sunday delivery, even if only for Amazon packages, comes as something of a surprise to some.
But it shouldn’t. Earlier we wrote about how Amazon and eBay account for a huge amount of revenue for the post office.
So that the post office would offer to become, in essence, the private carrier for a giant like Amazon on an off day shouldn’t be so surprising. (Although we do find the statement that “Amazon has made the post office its bitch” to be a bit unkind.)
“We’re excited that now every day is an Amazon delivery day and we know our Prime members, who voraciously shop on Amazon, will love the additional convenience they will experience as part of this new service,” said Clark, adding that it is a great fit, particularly as the postal service is “rapidly growing their package delivery operation.”
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[That the Sunday service is for all Amazon customers, not just Amazon Prime customers, was announced in an article by Forbes, in which they stated that “The service is available to all Amazon customers, not just Amazon Prime customers as an earlier version of this story stated.”]