Mail and milk: Struggling Postal Service wants to deliver groceries


If the Postal Service has its way, trucks like these will haul groceries in addition to the usual packages and letters. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
If the Postal Service has its way, trucks like these will haul groceries in addition to the usual packages and letters. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
If the Postal Service has its way, trucks like these will haul groceries in addition to the usual packages and letters. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

After nearly six years of multibillion-dollar losses, the U.S. Postal Service has developed a new plan to help turn its finances around: Daily grocery deliveries.

The Postal Service sent its proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, seeking approval from the panel. The agency wants to begin testing on Oct. 24, with the process lasting up to two years, although it could choose to make the program permanent at a sooner date.

Under the plan, USPS would work with retail partners to deliver “groceries and other prepackaged goods” to homes between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. at locations designated by consumers. Participating grocery stores would have to drop off their orders at post offices between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.

The Postal Service has already tested the program, toting groceries for Amazon.com in the San Francisco area. According to the proposal, USPS averaged 160 deliveries per day in 38 Zip codes.



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