U.S. Postal Service to Test Same-Day Delivery

by Nate Wooley | October 15, 2012 12:13 pm

U.S. Postal Service to Test Same-Day Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service is thinking of expanding its services. Next up is an experiment with same-day delivery called Metro Post.

In a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, the post office indicated it intends to launch the new service in November, reports TechCrunch[1]. The test aims to see if the Postal Service can serve e-commerce websites that might benefit from accelerated delivery.

The experiment will begin with up to 10 e-commerce companies that meet certain criteria in one metropolitan area. The firms that the postal service partners with must have at least 10 physical locations in the U.S., and one of them must be in the metro area selected for the experiment. Ten companies can be selected during this first test. The location of the test, and the price, has yet to be disclosed.

The USPS indicated that it hopes to make up to $50 million per year if the test works out and the service is launched nationally.

Same-day delivery is a hot issue right now, with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN[2]) and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT[3]) as well as other firms testing similar programs.

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Endnotes:
  1. reports TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/12/u-s-postal-service-plans-to-launch-experimental-same-day-delivery-service-in-november/
  2. AMZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMZN
  3. WMT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WMT
  4. Wal-Mart to Test Same-Day Delivery: Here’s Where, When: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/wal-mart-to-test-same-day-delivery-heres-where-when/
  5. American Airlines Launches Baggage Delivery: http://investorplace.com/2012/08/american-airlines-launches-baggage-delivery/
  6. Struggling U.S. Postal Service Raising Rates Again: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/struggling-us-postal-service-raising-rates-again/

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