UPDATE: USPS Announcing Deal with 1-800-Flowers.com
The U.S. Postal Service has announced a strategic alliance for Metro Post® with 1-800-FLOWERS.COM®, (NASDAQ: FLWS) the world's leading florist and gift shop. Metro Post is a same day delivery service trial that launched today in San Francisco, just in time for last minute gift ideas during the holidays.
“Metro Post is a premium delivery service that will revolutionize the shipping industry,” said Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. “Building relationships with prominent retailers like 1-800-FLOWERS.COM will help us leverage our capabilities by making same day delivery a standard option on retail websites.”
Metro Post is designed to improve the experience of customers shopping on e-commerce sites by offering same day delivery in a metro area. The market test in San Francisco is expected to run for one year.
Metro Post will be available for purchases involving four of 1- 800-FLOWERS.COM's gourmet gift brands, including popcorn and specialty treats from The Popcorn Factory®; cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl's®; premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May® fine chocolates; and gift baskets and towers from 1- 800-Baskets.com®.
Consumers can utilize the Metro Post premium service online or in-person at a retail store that carries the company's branded gift items. The daily cut-off time for purchases delivered by Metro Post is 2:00 p.m. with deliveries to occur between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
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