The service, launched in November is in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, started in Los Angeles and metro New York. Customers in the following 15 areas will now be able to get their Amazon packages on Sunday.
- Austin, Texas
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- College Station, Texas
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dallas, Texas
- Houston, Texas
- Indianapolis, Ind.
- Lexington, Ky.
- Louisville, Ky.
- New Orleans, La.
- Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Philadelphia, Pa.
- San Antonio, Texas
- Shreveport, La.
- Waco, Texas
Amazon Prime members, who receive unlimited two-day shipping on millions of items, can order as late as Friday and receive their packages on Sunday, for free, the Seattle e-retailer says.
"So far, the most common items delivered on Sunday include baby supplies such as newborn apparel, books and toys--Sunday delivery is clearly crossing errands off the weekend to-do list," said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations. "We know our Amazon customers love the convenience of everyday delivery, and we're excited to be offering Sunday delivery in more cities across the U.S."
Amazon says that millions of packages have been delivered since Sunday delivery launched. Amazon and the USPS have plans to add more cities later this year.
Not all items are eligible for Sunday delivery, so make sure to double check before you order.
Retailers like Amazon, Walmart (WMT) and eBay (EBAY) are looking for ways to reduce or offset massive expenses related to shipping, one of their biggest headaches in the e-commerce world. Consumers have been found to abandon their shopping carts if shipping fees are too high. Retailers are also competing with each other to grab the e-shopper by offering "free shipping." This was especially apparent during the holiday season.
FedEx (FDS) announced last week that it would start applying "dimensional weight" pricing to all shipments starting in 2015, a measure that could have massive reverberations for the e-commerce industry, especially if UPS (UPS) decides to do the same.
--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.