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Post office tests same-day delivery

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped US Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.

Teaming with major retailers, the post office will begin the expedited service in San Francisco on Dec. 12 at a price similar to its competitors. If it goes well, the program will expand next year to other big cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York. It follows similar efforts by eBay, Amazon.com, and most recently Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which charges a $10 flat rate for same-day delivery.

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