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Amazon, U.S. Postal Service to Begin Sunday Delivery

11 Nov, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The U.S. Postal Service may want to scuttle Saturday mail delivery, but it's partnering with Amazon to begin Sunday deliveries of products purchased from the e-commerce behemoth.

The new delivery day, which does not involve mail, will be free to Prime members (which requires $79 annual membership and includes free streaming of movies and TV shows), and is categorized as another shipping day for non-Prime members.

The program will begin in Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas, and include Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix next year.

For the Postal Service, which lost $16 billion in its most recent fiscal year, the partnership would bring much needed monies, and is on par (in importance) with its relationship with Netflix — heretofore the Postal Service’s largest single commercial client.

"It won't cost extra to get a package delivered on a Sunday," Dave Clark, VP of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon, said in a statement.

Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO, said the new service means the Postal Service is now delivering packages seven days a week in select cities.

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