Amazon fights Brick & Mortar stores while trying to save the US Postal Service

Amazon-logoTwo birds. One stone.

Starting now, Amazon Prime customers in Los Angeles and New York Metro areas might be able to receive packages on Sundays via the US Postal service. Amazon is hoping to roll out the service to other major markets like Dallas, Phoenix, and New Orleans throughout 2014.

It’s a pretty clear stab at the recent transitions Amazon has gone through in these major markets. Most states are now trying to enact some kind of internet sales tax on companies like Amazon. Now the online sales giant has been experimenting with ways to combat local sales. First with services like Amazon Locker, now with Sunday delivery. It still wont have the instant gratification of buying something in person, but you’ll no longer have to wait until Monday to get your hands on a Thursday or Friday purchase.

If it helps out the US Post Office, well that’s just a win-win for everyone.

Full PR after the jump.
Amazon customers can now get their packages on Sunday, starting in Los Angeles and New York

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 11, 2013– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is working with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sunday, starting in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. Amazon Prime members, who receive unlimited, free two-day shipping on millions of items, can now receive their packages on Sunday in these areas. Amazon and the U.S. Postal Serviceplan to roll out this service to a large portion of the U.S. population in 2014 including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix, to name a few.

“If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can order a backpack for your child on Friday and be packing it for them Sunday night,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide operations and customer service. “We’re excited that now every day is an Amazon delivery day and we know our Prime members, who voraciously shop on Amazon, will love the additional convenience they will experience as part of this new service.”

“As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option of having packages delivered on Sunday,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer. “With this new service, the Postal Serviceis now delivering packages seven days a week in select cities. Customers can expect the same reliable and valued service that thePostal Service currently provides.”

To participate, Amazon customers can simply add millions of eligible items to their cart and will see the Sunday delivery promise at checkout when available in their region.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the world’s best-selling and most advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display, high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.

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