Joanna DeGeronimo, YAHOO NEWS
(Yahoo News)—The U.S. Postal Service wants to save you a trip to the supermarket.
The USPS is seeking approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission to deliver fresh groceries to private residences. The Postal Service submitted a proposal for a two-year test of the plan on Tuesday. It would offer the service in multiple cities and could roll it out on a broader scale by the end of October.
In the plan, the Postal Service would partner up with retailers who would drop off orders of groceries and other prepackaged items at local post offices between 1:30 am and 2:30 am. The USPS would then deliver the groceries to private homes between 3 am and 7 am.
Yahoo Finance Senior Columnist Michael Santoli says the plan makes sense from the USPS’s perspective. “We have a human being going to this address no matter what.” Adding a package to that route, he says is “incremental revenue without necessarily being also an incremental expense.”
In its filing this week, the U.S. Postal Service said that this plan could bring in an extra $10 million a year. However, the agency lost $5 billion in fiscal year 2013.