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.