Google to test local same day delivery service

Amazon is trying it, and so are are Walmart and the US Postal Service– and now, Google is entering the same-day delivery market, at least on a limited, trial basis:

Today we’re starting a new experiment, Google Shopping Express. It’s a local delivery service that we hope will make it possible for you to get the items you order online the same day, and at a low cost. It’s incredibly early days and so the service is only available to a small number of people in the Bay Area.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (in the city of San Francisco, and the Peninsula from San Mateo to San Jose) and would like to help test this new initiative, please sign up here. We’re still working out our long-term pricing plan but early testers will get six months of free, unlimited same-day delivery. The pilot will expand as we work out the kinks, so please stay tuned.

Initially the service will deliver orders from Target, Walgreens, Staples, American Eagle and Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us, along with a few local merchants.

Calling all SF Bay Area residents: help test our new local, same-day delivery service | Google Commerce.

Minnesota window clerk indicted for stealing more than $10,000 from USPS

uspsoigMINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed late yesterday charges a former employee of the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) with embezzling approximately $10,365.57 from the Brooklyn Park Post Office. The indictment, which was filed on March 12, 2013, charges Kathleen M. Warner, age 52, of Otsego, with one count of misappropriation of postal funds. The indictment was unsealed following Warner’s initial appearance in federal court.

The indictment alleges that from approximately February 2010 through August 2012, Warner embezzled funds from her cash drawer and removed stamps and other merchandise without paying for them.

If convicted, Warner faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the USPS-Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda M. Sertich.

Read more: USDOJ: US Attorney’s Office – District of Minnesota.

USPS Pays Claim For Package Lost 14 Months Ago, After TV News Report

ELK GROVE (CBS13) — More than 14 months after the United States Postal Service lost track of his insured package, Eric Bush is finally getting answers.

As Call Kurtis first reported Feb. 26, the USPS acknowledged it had lost track of the package — and said Bush had purchased the proper insurance back in December 2011 when he shipped it — but the agency denied his insurance claim anyway.

Now the federal agency is fixing the mistake and apologizing for the inconvenience, according to a spokesperson.

Read more: Call Kurtis: USPS Pays Claim For Package Lost 14 Months Ago, After Call Kurtis Report « CBS Sacramento.

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APWU Denounces USPS Plans to Accelerate Closure of Mail Processing Plants

apwulogo“The APWU is outraged by USPS plans to accelerate the closure of 71 mail processing plants that were originally slated for possible consolidation in 2014,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey.

“These closures will eliminate jobs, harm communities, and delay mail delivery every day — Monday, through Saturday,” he said. The consolidations will drastically curtail local mail sortation and will virtually eliminate overnight delivery.

“The Postal Service is on the brink of cutting service in a way that will permanently damage our treasured institution. This would be a tragic mistake, and it is unnecessary,” Guffey said. The USPS notified [PDF] the APWU on March 26 that it would implement 53 consolidations this year that were originally scheduled for 2014. In January, the Postal Service said it would accelerate implementation of 18 other closures.

“These closures could have been avoided entirely,” Guffey said. “They are a casualty of congressional inaction.

“Congress must act now to enact meaningful postal reform — reform that restores the Postal Service to financial stability without destroying service or harming postal workers,” he said. “And Congress must act now to prevent the Postal Service from implementing these devastating cuts in service.

“We are calling on members of Congress to support the Postal Service Protection Act, which was introduced in the Senate and House on Feb. 13. This legislation would address the cause of the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis and allow the USPS to develop new products and services, so that it can remain relevant in the digital age,” he said. The Protect Service Protection Act would protect — at least temporarily — current service standards. morning headlines for March 27