After losing increasing amounts of business to the Internet the last few years, the post office is taking matters into their own hands to try to stop the bleeding.
About the only place the U.S. Postal Service has seen growth is in growth in package volume, so they will attempt to take advantage of that by implementing a service called Metro Post, scheduled to begin testing in San Francisco on December 12.
The Post Office will have working agreements with as many as ten retailers for same-day delivery under Metro Post, according to an Associated Press report on Yahoo! Finance. People using the service can place an order online and click “same-day delivery,” and the Postal Service plans to deliver that order between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. that same day.
USPS spokesperson Susan McGowan said the new service offers more delivery options for customers. She said, according to Consumer Affairs, “This helps us achieve our goals of enhancing our package business and giving customers better access and service.”
The project expects to earn between $10 to $50 million in San Francisco deliveries. The Post Office just reported nearly $16 billion in losses last week.
The U. S. Postal Service made a billion dollars in profits under late Postmaster Marvin Runyon after they had been losing millions for years in the late 1990s, New York University Professor Steve Hutkins said, according to the Ventura County Star. Hutkins said Runyon eliminated 23,000 management jobs during his time.
Amazon, e-Bay and Wal-Mart already offer same-day shipping. The Post Office expects to expand their service if testing goes well.