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Tests and the city

More delivery trials underway in New York

New York tests
New York City Carrier Assistant Francisco Dejesus participates in the same-day delivery test earlier this year. Image: PBS

The Postal Service is now delivering groceries in New York City, one of several tests underway in the nation’s most populous urban area.

More than 25 city carrier assistants are making twice-daily grocery deliveries in the Bronx, the city’s northernmost borough. The trial, which began last week, aims to build on the success of similar efforts in San Francisco and other cities.

“We’re excited we can provide this new service,” said New York District Manager Lorraine Castellano.

USPS also is testing a same-day service in New York, delivering clothing, medicine and other goods soon after customers place orders with participating retailers.

Additionally, the Postal Service recently announced plans to test a daily digital notification service that will allow New Yorkers to see what’s arriving in their physical mailboxes.

The Big Apple isn’t the only postal proving ground: USPS also is testing Sunday package deliveries and other services in cities across the nation.

The trials are part of the organization’s efforts to leverage its vast delivery network in new ways.

“We’re committed to providing the best possible service … to our customers,” said New York District Operations Programs Support Manager Kevin Crocilla.

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