Amazon, USPS enter deal for Sunday package delivery
SEATTLE — Customers of Amazon living in New York and Los Angeles can get their packages delivered on Sundays, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.
The online retailer announced the new service Monday, directed at members of the premium Amazon Prime service living in the New York and Los Angeles areas. Next year, the retailer will also roll it out to members in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities.
"If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can order a backpack for your child on Friday and be packing it for them Sunday night," Amazon VP worldwide operations and customer service Dave Clark said. "We’re excited that now every day is an Amazon delivery day, and we know our Prime members, who voraciously shop on Amazon, will love the additional convenience they will experience as part of this new service."
Customers of the retailer can add items to their cart and will see the Sunday delivery promise at checkout, when it’s available in their region. Amazon isn’t providing too many details about the deal, but the USPS is on board.
"As online shopping continues to increase, the Postal Service is very happy to offer shippers like Amazon the option of having packages delivered on Sunday," USPS postmaster general and CEO Patrick Donahoe said. "With this new service, the Postal Service is now delivering packages seven days a week in select cities. Customers can expect the same reliable and valued service that the Postal Service currently provides."
Peapod opens Coopersburg, Pa., fulfillment center
CARLISLE, Pa. — Online grocer Peapod has opened a new fulfillment center that will serve the Philadelphia area.
The Ahold USA-owned company announced the opening of the center, in Coopersburg, Pa., to serve residents of nearby Bucks County, Pa. Peapod offers its services in the area in conjunction with Giant Food Stores, a Carlisle, Pa.-based supermarket chain also owned by Ahold.
"Peapod by Giant has seen exciting growth in the Philadelphia area, and we are delighted to partner with our sister grocer, Peapod, to expand service to additional zip codes in the Giant trade area," Giant-Carlisle president Rick Herring said. "As always, we will strive to provide a wide selection of well-priced, top-quality, fresh products with the ease of online shopping and home delivery."
The center will serve residents of more than two dozen zip codes, including such towns as Doylestown, Quakertown and Coopersburg.
Target offers extra deals through Cartwheel for holiday shopping season
MINNEAPOLIS — Target will make use of its omnichannel offerings for Black Friday, the mass-merchandise retailer said Monday.
Target, whose stores will open on Thanksgiving day at 8 p.m., will offer sales in stores and on its website, as well as through the Cartwheel mobile app.
"For both our guests and team members, Black Friday is an exciting event that officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season," Target EVP Merchandising and Supply Chain said. "By offering advance access to deals at Target.com and opening our stores earlier, we are making it easier for guests to build a Black Friday ritual that works for them."
Cartwheel will feature deals throughout Thanksgiving week, and customers who redeem any offer through the app will also unlock an additional offer card, enabling them to select a deal of their choice. In addition, the chain is offering an additional 5% savings on almost all purchases made using the REDcard, Target’s loyalty card program.