USPS Getting Into The Business Of Delivering Groceries

A taxpayer advocacy group claims that a new delivery service is just an attempt by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to avoid making “real reforms”.

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) initially gave approval on Thursday for the USPS to begin an experimental market trial of Customized Delivery, “a package delivery service offering that will provide customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods.”

Operational testing of the program began in August, but was limited to 38 ZIP codes. The decision by the PRC authorizes the USPS to test the program in “major metropolitan markets nationwide” over the next two years.

As the service is currently structured, retailers drop off pre-packaged customer orders to the USPS between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., and they are then delivered to individual recipients, “primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window.”