From the Wall Street Journal:
Amazon.com Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service, already partners in Sunday deliveries, have launched a trial to shuttle insulated containers of meat, dairy, produce, and other groceries to San Francisco customers’ doorsteps. The test could presage a broader national rollout, giving Amazon’s grocery drop-off service a much wider reach.
If successful, the two-month test could provide a boost to the Postal Service, which has aggressively chased a bigger piece of the e-commerce pie as the Internet chips away at other parts of its business. Its package business is up 20% over the past five years to 3.7 billion packages.
A spokeswoman said the USPS is making the drop-offs between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.; few of its trucks are in use at those hours. Because Amazon uses insulated tote bags for perishable groceries, the agency can make deliveries without the benefit of refrigerated trucks.
Amazon has been leaning on the Postal Service for more of its regular deliveries, dropping off packages at local post offices for letter carriers to deliver to the door. The USPS also has an exclusive contract with Amazon for Sunday shipping in about two dozen U.S. cities, a service expected to expand to new markets in the coming months.
The 60-day grocery-delivery test started in early August, according to the Postal Service, and is limited to the San Francisco area.