Amazon.com's same-day delivery service may not be the greatest challenge to its brick and mortar competitors. Stores perhaps should be more concerned about the online giant's ability to deliver packages seven days a week through its partnership with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
Back in November, Amazon announced it would begin the rollout of its Sunday service in New York and Los Angeles, with other markets including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix to come this year. Now comes a report by The State Journal-Register that Amazon is going to start offering Sunday deliveries in southern Illinois beginning on March 16.
"If Amazon gives us a package early in the morning, we'll delivery it that day," David Martin, district manager for the USPS Gateway District in St. Louis, which covers southern Illinois as well as central and northeast Missouri, told The State Journal-Register. "Seven-day delivery is now a reality for us, and that's our future."
In a Nov. 2013 RetailWire poll, 84 percent of respondents said consumers would find Sunday delivery a somewhat or very persuasive offer to order online rather than going to a store to buy needed items.
What poses the biggest threat to brick and mortar competitors of Amazon.com, its ability to deliver same-day or its expansion to seven-day delivery?