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Amazon.com expands Sunday delivery to 15 more cities

Amazon.com expands Sunday delivery to 15 more cities
Shipping wars: Amazon.com expands Sunday delivery service to 15 additional cities

Online retail behemoth Amazon.com is expanding its Sunday delivery option to 15 additional cities after  rolling out the service in Los Angeles and New York last year.

The Seattle retailer, which has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service, will ensure that Amazon packages get to shoppers on Sundays at no extra charge, the company said in a Thursday statement.

The service is now available in cities including Austin, Texas; Lexington, Ky.; and New Orleans (see full list at the bottom). Amazon said it will continue to roll out Sunday delivery to "a large portion of the U.S. population this year."

Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations, said the most common items ordered for Sunday delivery include baby supplies such as newborn clothes and books.

"Sunday delivery is clearly crossing errands off the weekend to-do list," Roth said in the statement.

Amazon has been battling with competitors to offer more convenient delivery options to shoppers faced with an ever increasing variety of ways to spend their money.

Earlier this month, Amazon said Los Angeles shoppers have the option of same-day delivery. Subscribers to the company's Prime program pay a flat rate of $5.99 per order, while non-subscribers shell out $9.98 for the first item and a 99-cent charge for each additional item purchased. 

Competitor Google also said in May that it is expanding its same-day delivery program to West Los Angeles and Manhattan after testing it out in the Bay Area since last year. Users can sign up for a six-month free trail or shell out $4.99 per item.

List of 15 new cities available for Amazon's Sunday delivery service:

1. Austin, Texas

2. College Station, Texas

3. Dallas

4. Houston

5. San Antonio

6. Waco, Texas

7. Cincinnati

8. Columbus, Ohio

9. Lexington, Ky.

10. Louisville, Ky.

11. Indianapolis

12. Oklahoma City

13. Philadelphia

14. New Orleans

15. Shreveport, La.

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