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Amazon Talked the USPS Into Delivering on Sundays

The US Post Office at Bristow, Virginia is seen on September 5, 2011. The New York Times reported that the US Postal Service is on the brink of default unless Congress takes emergency action to shore up finances. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Postal Service hasn’t delivered regularly on Sundays for 101 years, but a force known as Amazon managed to persuade it to change. The company and USPS announced on Sunday they’d made an arrangement to deliver Amazon packages seven days a week, though they haven’t made public the financial details. While the USPS loses money on first-class mail, the New York Times notes, it makes money on package delivery. But it wouldn’t say whether it was open to deals with other companies. For now, Amazon gets Sundays all to itself, starting in New York and Los Angeles, and expanding to other cities next year. It’s going to be a while yet before that lone mail Jeep goes bouncing down a country lane to deliver a copy of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims a day early.

Amazon Persuaded USPS to Deliver on Sundays