The U.S. Postal Service is expanding its Metro Post same-day e-commerce delivery service to Washington, D.C. starting this month, ECommerceBytes reported on Tuesday (Jan. 6).
The Metro Post service was originally tested in San Francisco for a year starting in 2012 and has been running in New York City since late 2013. On Monday the Postal Service announced that it is expanding the test to include the District of Columbia and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs, where deliveries are scheduled to begin on or shortly after Thursday, Jan. 15.
Under the program, shoppers can place orders with participating online retailers by 2 p.m. and have their merchandise delivered between 4 and 8 p.m. the same day.
To be clear, this isn’t the same program as the one in which the USPS is doing grocery deliveries for Amazon Fresh, although that’s also being tested in San Francisco. It’s also not the test in which the USPS is delivering non-food Amazon packages in 17 cities. (The USPS is trying a lot of e-commerce delivery approaches in its search to replace declining revenue from first-class mail.)
The Metro Post test involves about a dozen retailers, including eBay and 1-800-FLOWERS.com.