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Amazon to begin Sunday deliveries in selected U.S. and U.K. cities

As letter mail volumes decline, so package volumes are on the increase, thanks to online shopping. So, while the U.S. Postal Service struggles with financial losses, Amazon has forged a deal that will see them delivering on a Sunday. And London, U.K., gets a look-in, too.

by Helen Leggatt

From this week, Amazon packages will be delivered on Sundays by the U.S. Postal Service. The Sunday delivery service will be rolled out first in New York and Los Angeles, and will be expanded to cover other metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Phoenix and New Orleans during 2014.

It is the first time that the U.S. Postal Service has delivered on a Sunday, and it needed the volumes Amazon can provide in order to make it happen. Amazon will pre-sort packages for Sunday delivery and provide the necessary U.S. Postal Service labelling before transporting the packages to specific post offices for delivery. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service does not intend to bring in extra staff but instead rely on the flexibility of existing personnel.

The Sunday delivery service is free for Prime members but non-Prime members will be charged a premium.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon customers in London, U.K., will soon also enjoy the benefits of Sunday delivery, although this service will not involve the Royal Mail and packages will be delivered by Amazon's own vehicles.

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Tags: Amazon, delivery trends, online shopping

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