The Postal Service will deliver groceries to New Yorkers
June 22, 2015 02:57 PM
Postal carriers in New York will soon deliver more than bills and junk mail. The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering groceries later this month, according to a filing it made to the Postal Regulatory Commission.
The filing says the USPS intends to extend its Customized Delivery service to the New York City metro area on or shortly after June 29. Customized Delivery is the name of the service the USPS began testing last year in the San Francisco area, with postal carriers delivering groceries on behalf of AmazonFresh, the e-grocery service owned by Amazon.com Inc., to consumers in 38 ZIP codes. Amazon delivers orders in branded totes to postal facilities between 1:30- 2:30 a.m. Postal carriers deliver the totes between 3-7 a.m.
The Postal Regulatory Commission filing did not say the USPS would be delivering AmazonFresh orders in New York. Amazon.com did not immediately reply to an inquiry about it. Amazon, however, did begin offering AmazonFresh in Brooklyn in October and rolled out AmazonFresh to Manhattan in the fourth quarter, along with AmazonFresh in Philadelphia.
Amazon has been working more closely with the USPS in recent years, resulting in Amazon now offering Sunday delivery to consumers in more than a dozen markets. Amazon operates 16 sorting centers in the United States, according to logistics consulting firm MWPVL International Inc. At those facilities Amazon groups packages by ZIP code, then turns them over to the USPS for delivery to the consumer, reducing its delivery fees compared with what UPS or FedEx would charge, according to industry analysts.