US post office teams up with e-tailers for share of pie

Written by Associated Press | Washington | Updated: Nov 24 2012, 07:45am hrs
Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped US Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.

Teaming up with major retailers, the post office will begin the expedited service in San Francisco on December 12 at a price similar to its competitors. If things run smoothly, the programme will quickly expand next year to other big cities such as Boston, Chicago and New York.