The America Post Office (USPS) is planning to test a new type of package delivery service which is being called Metro Post. According to documents filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission on Friday (October 12), the same-day delivery service will begin taking orders in mid-November 2012. The test will end in mid-January 2013.
November is considered as one of the busiest months for shipping packages. This is due to the big sale weekend during the Thanksgiving Day holiday, as buyers are expected to flock into e-commerce sites and buying a lot stuffs including electronics, gadgets, and toys.
The USPS has not published information regarding rates for the new delivering service. However, they are expected that Metro Post to generate about $10 million dollar per year.
During the test, the USPS will pick 10 partners where they must have at least 10 physical stores or warehouses around America. The USPS also requires that those partners must have at least one branch to be located in the metropolitan city such as New York City. Due to limitations of the new service, the USPS promises to deliver only 200 packages per day per location, where they offer Metro Post service.
In order to get their packages delivered by Metro Post, the USPS asked shoppers to finish their shopping between 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The USPS personnel will pick those packages after 3:00 pm at any e-commerce local stores or warehouses. Each package will have its tracking code to ensure it will go to the buyer’s home or apartment on-time. The USPS is hoping to get the package to buyer’s front-door at around 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
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