Retailers, consumers and prices
Announced in November and December, the free applications enable users to create and track shipments, calculate rates and delivery times and find the nearest UPS location.
“People can browse the web on their phone as easy as on their home computer, so that’ll make it easier and easier to shop for holiday presents and birthday gifts,” Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn told Reuters.
Online shipping is a sweet spot for both UPS and rival FedEx Corp, both considered economic bellwethers as they handle such a huge chunk of the world’s shipping. But it will be a whole lot sweeter when the U.S. economy catches up with the rest of the world and the U.S. consumer relaxes and starts to spend again. FedEx has iPhone and BlackBerry applications as well.
On March 10, the company that bought copy shop Kinko’s will print 25 free resumes on high-quality paper when customers stop in at any of the 1,600-plus FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers in the United States.
“We understand that the economy has affected many people in a very profound way, and we want to help,” Brian Philips, president and CEO of FedEx Office, told Reuters. “In January, nearly 600,000 people found themselves out of work. I understand that in February, by the time they add up the numbers, it could be worse.”