This is just a quick note to let you know that Amazon will be offering Sunday delivery in select markets starting this week. They’ve teamed up with the USPS and will offer this as a free service to Amazon Prime customers.
While Sunday delivery will only available in LA and NYC to start, they’re planning on expanding it to other major cities in 2014. These will include Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix. And more after that, I’m sure.
Here’s how it will work: Eligible customers will be able to order on Friday, select the free two-day shipping option, and receive their packages on Sunday (instead of Monday). Non-Prime customers will also (apparently) be able to get packages on Sunday, but will have to pay standard shipping charges.
While this may be bad news for local merchants, it’s good news for Amazon customers in the affected markets, as well as for the struggling USPS. It will be very interesting to see how this shakes out.
As a reminder, Amazon recently increased the threshold for their “FREE Super Saver Shipping” from $25/order to $35/order, making their $79/year Prime service all the more attractive. You can get a 30-day free trial if you want to try it out.