December 21, 2012—The United States Postal Service will be launching their same-day delivery service on Thursday, December 27th in hopes of expanding their service to other metropolitan areas across the U.S. Earlier this week, USPS also revealed they have entered into a partnership with 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. The new same-day delivery service will be called “Metro Post.”

All the rage right now is same-day delivery as many ecommerce and marketplaces compete to offer the service. Since 2009, Amazon has offered same-day delivery (Local Express) in seven U.S. cities and has done extremely well. Other ecommerce sites like Walmart and eBay are currently testing the service out.

By partnering with 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Metro Post will be available for purchases involving The Popcorn Factory (popcorn and specialty treats), Cheryl’s (cookies and baked gifts), Fannie May Fine Chocolates (premium chocolates and confections), and 1-800-BASKETS.COM (gift baskets and towers). The launch of Metro Post will occur for one year in the San Francisco metropolitan area and work with multiple retailers that offer both an online and physical presence.

USPS Vice President of Domestic Products Gary Reblin said “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.”

Consumers can employ the Metro Post premium service online or in person at a retail store that carries the company’s branded gift items. Cut-off times for purchases delivered by Metro Post is 2:00 p.m. with deliveries to occur between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.

If the USPS offered Metro Post in your city would you use it?