Boston, MA 09/05/2014 (wallstreetpr) – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expanding its partnership with the U.S. Postal Service. It calls the latest development a “small test” and reports cite that the test will be around for two months. Amazon already has a delivery deal with the U.S. Postal, which involves Sunday and Holiday deliveries in a number of cities.
Wider rollout agenda
The online marketplace retailer confirmed that it has entered a delivery testing program with USPS. However, the company quickly cited that the test is a small one and that the company is always on the lookout for new and even innovative ways to deliver items to customers. The latest delivery arrangement captures San Francisco and involves the delivery of items such as insulated containers of dairy, meat, produce and other unspecified groceries. The company expects the success of the ongoing “small test” with USPS to lead to rollout of the service to more locations.
The new delivery partner with USPS is expected to boost Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s Fresh business, which covers a few markets such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. Amazon uses its own trucks for the Fresh deliveries. AmazonFresh business offers more than 500,000 items that include books, videogames, paper towels and groceries. The delivery of the items is done on scheduled times, and delivery charges are between $7.99 and $9.99. However, the company offers free deliveries for orders of $100 and above.
Staying ahead of the competition
Competition in the retail business, especially the e-commence platform, is leading Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) to try out new ways to stay ahead of the competition. Besides the already existing deal with USPS and the latest one, Amazon is also testing same-day delivery service as it pushes into grocery and meal delivery service. That is an area that is both promising and competitive, and the company expects to achieve viable approach into it. The company also recently launched a smartphone device known as Fire Phone, which costs between $649 and $749 without contracts, and the device is being offered more like an online shopping tool.