UPS to Test No-Frills Service

(Direct Newsline) United Parcel Service will test UPS Basic, a no-frills, low-cost service for selected direct marketers starting this month.

“Catalog and online direct would be the primary users of the service,” says UPS spokesperson Susan Rosenberg. “It’s highly customized to larger distribution customers who send packages in the one- to five-pound range. The service is also geared toward residential delivery.”

UPS Basic will deliver packages without any extras, such as tracking and guaranteed delivery day. The carrier hopes the service will help it penetrate the lightweight residential delivery business. The shipping firm also hopes to upsell new customers on its more expensive services.

The program will take advantage of a U.S. Postal Service program, Parcel Select, that offers discounts to companies that sort and deliver items to the post office near to the item’s final destination.

Partner Content

The Gift of Wow: Preparing your store for the holiday season - Netsuite
Being prepared for the holiday rush used to mean stocking shelves and making sure your associates were ready for the long hours. But the digital revolution has changed everything, most importantly, customer expectations. Retailers with a physical store presence should be asking themselves—what am I doing to wow the customer?
3 Critical Components to Achieving the Perfect Order - NetSuite
Explore the 3 critical components to delivering the perfect order.
Streamlining Unified Commerce Complexity - NetSuite
Explore how consolidating multiple systems through a cloud-based commerce platform provides a seamless experience for both you, and your customer.
Strategies for Maximizing Mobile Point-of-Sale Technology - NetSuite
Learn the top five innovative ways to utilize your mobile POS technology to drive customer engagement, increase sales and elevate your brand.