Amazon (NYSE: AMZN) has expanded Sunday delivery service to 15 additional cities as its race to deliver products around the clock to everyone, everywhere, picks up steam.
Sunday delivery is now available in metropolitan markets including Austin and Dallas, Texas; New Orleans; and Columbus, Ohio. The cities join Los Angeles and New York, which began receiving Sunday delivery service in November when the program launched.
Amazon partners with the U.S. Postal Service for Sunday delivery operations and said since launching last November, millions of packages have been delivered with the new weekend option.
"So far, the most common items delivered on Sunday include baby supplies such as newborn apparel, books and toys — Sunday delivery is clearly crossing errands off the weekend to-do list," said Mike Roth, Amazon's VP of North America operations.
Sunday delivery comes with the same shipping charges as any other day of the week. Amazon Prime members, who pay an annual fee to qualify for free shipping and other perks, will be able to place orders on Fridays for Sunday delivery.
The other cities now receiving Sunday delivery are College Station, Houston, San Antonio and Waco, Texas; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; Oklahoma City; Philadelphia; and Shreveport, Louisiana. Amazon said more cities could get expanded service later this year.
The move is a win-win for both Amazon and the struggling USPS, which ended the 2013 fiscal year with a net loss of $5 billion, the result of Americans paying bills online and using texting and social media to correspond with loved ones. On the other hand, shipping services and package deliveries continue to increase, largely due to the growing popularity of online commerce. The postal service saw 8 percent growth in package delivery in 2013, marking its best year since the beginning of the recession.
"As online shopping continues to increase, the postal service is happy to offer shipping solutions that allow shippers and customers alike to appreciate the benefits of the U.S. mail," said USPS spokeswoman Sue Brennan, reports CNN.
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