UPS has followed FedEx and the US Postal Service in offering seven-day delivery. Is this the new standard? What are the implications for the post? Analysis from Ian Kerr (Postal Hub Podcast) and Marek Różycki (Last Mile Experts).
Earlier this year, FedEx made a similar announcement and the US Postal Service (USPS) already delivers parcels on Sundays – mostly for Amazon. So, is Sunday delivery the new standard in the USA? So it would seem.
USPS will deliver selected UPS packages to homes, probably in less dense or hard-to-reach areas, using Parcel Select (USPS’s economical ground delivery service for packages entered in bulk), which UPS calls SurePost. USPS says the arrangement is part of its strategy to expand its shipping and packages business.
The agreement between UPS and USPS is confidential, so there is no telling how much of this volume will go to USPS. “As long as USPS is the lowest cost alternative, UPS will use them to deliver to rural and low-volume areas,” says John Callan, managing director at consultancy firm Ursa Major.