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Old 09-26-2014, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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"The Postal Service sent its proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, seeking approval from the panel. Under the plan, USPS would work with retail partners to deliver “groceries and other prepackaged goods” to homes between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. at locations designated by consumers. Participating grocery stores would have to drop off their orders at post offices between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m."

Mail and milk: Struggling Postal Service wants to deliver groceries - The Washington Post

As someone who recently had to deal with a 2 month long mobility issue and for those of you who might have driving problems or even aging parents who rely on you to do their shopping for them, this could be a big plus. Of course, the story is told from the Post Office's need to generate more revenue but I see it as a win-win. Still have to get the supermarkets to go along with it...
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I'd love it. Hate shopping.

Plus it might help seniors stay in their homes longer.
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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We have a free market economy (more or less), so there is no reason not to allow further options such as this one. Perhaps, if approved, it will prove worthwhile for the Postal Service and perhaps not. Will enough people avail themselves of the new service? How big is the market for it? (We know there's at least two - the OP and PAhippo!) There's only one way to find out - try it out.

So count me as being in favor. However, I can't see it for myself. The last thing I would want delivered is groceries. How would perishable items be kept cold enough? How would one be assured of getting a good choice of fresh produce? (I would rather choose my bananas, peaches, etc. myself). Checking "best if used by" dates would be impossible ahead of time.

Or perhaps my objections could be met by not ordering perishable items or fresh produce via the delivery service.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:10 AM
 
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How would perishable items be kept cold enough? How would one be assured of getting a good choice of fresh produce? (I would rather choose my bananas, peaches, etc. myself). Checking "best if used by" dates would be impossible ahead of time.

Or perhaps my objections could be met by not ordering perishable items or fresh produce via the delivery service.
None of your objections are really a problem. In fact, some grocery chains already offer delivery. We made use of their delivery services in both Bethesda and Las Vegas. You actually have a better selection of produce when ordering for delivery because the items are selected from the grocery chain's distribution center rather than from an individual store. Similarly with "best if used by" items, once again, you're getting the items from the distribution center itself, not from a store where they might have been sitting on a shelf for who-knows-how-long.

Under the USPO's proposal, the grocer would still be responsible for selecting and boxing all requested items. The USPO would simply be making the individual deliveries.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:53 AM
 
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I'd say first they need to improve on normal package deliveries. They are not called snail mail or nothing.
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:25 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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i would just be concerned about shipping charges. If the shipping is reasonable, then I am all for it.

There is a grocery store near me that delivers. When family is sick or after surgery, this can be a big problem solver.

Sounds like a good move to me on the part of USPS.

I might use it. Again, just depends on the charges.
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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So my fruit and vegetables get delivered at 3:00am and I get up at 7:00. 4 hours on the front step in a Las Vegas summer. Um, no. Unless there's good insulation around it it isn't a great idea.
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:00 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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It's worth a try in my book!

When I got sick I realized I need two weeks of supplies here and ramped up my stash. I HAD to go shopping because I didn't have enough and I felt like crap, even thought I shouldn't be driving. Never again.
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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We used to get milk delivered twice a week. It sat in bottles on the front porch until we went out and got it. But you know it's going to be delivered at a certain time so you go out and get it when it arrives. The post person pretty much comes around at roughly the same time each day so you'd know when the grocery delivery would arrive. They also have those tracking numbers for packages that tell you exactly where the package is, too. I think it's a great idea!
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:39 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Hawaii, Nevada ...

Do you want to get up at 4am to get it off the porch, and put it in the refrigerator?

Unless they are going to pack it in dry ice to keep for from spoiling (make the shipping and "handling" cost higher) Not sure it that great of a idea...
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