Kurt Peters , Executive Editor
ATLANTA, April 27, 2006 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced enhancements to a variety of Web-based technology tools to simplify the complexities of global trade.
“Businesses of all sizes count on UPS to bridge the distance around the globe,” said Dave Barnes, UPS senior vice president and CIO. “Technology is the key to helping them demystify international trade and optimize global supply chains.”
The enhancements announced today by UPS include:
To address the needs of small businesses, UPS has enhanced the functionality of “My UPS” on ups.com. Any registered UPS customer can have quick access to package tracking, delivery services, billing and international shipping forms specific to their preferred origins and destinations, all from a single web page at MyUPS.com. The new My UPS also is more intuitive, remembering preferences, drop-off locations, saved tracking numbers or a Quick List of frequently ordered UPS supplies.
MY UPS registrants can easily access, complete online and store for 90 days all the necessary forms required for international shipping. International Forms help MY UPS registrants, UPS CampusShip™ and UPS Internet Shipping users determine which forms are needed for a given shipment and enables them to create templates for reuse.
In July, small businesses (and other customers) will be able to use a credit card to pay for international shipments. UPS also is enhancing its international billing options in UPS Internet Shipping, UPS CampusShip and the UPS Shipping Tool to allow a customer to determine who pays shipping charges and who pays duties and taxes when processing an international shipment.
Shipping charges may be paid by the shipper’s UPS account, a credit card, the receiver or a third party while duties and taxes may be paid by the shipper’s UPS account, the receiver or a third party. Users can even split up payment for duties and taxes if needed.
For larger small package shippers, UPS is expanding the reach of Quantum View Manage™ from 23 countries and 16 languages to 31 countries and 20 languages. Quantum View Manage is a visibility tool that provides inbound and outbound shipment information for both domestic and import/export shipments. The Imports feature, currently available in the U.S., provides access to UPS customs brokerage data and clearance document images as well as tools (such as email alerts) to help facilitate customs clearance and compliance.
Beginning in July and throughout 2006, UPS will expand the Imports feature of Quantum View Manage to additional countries in a controlled, phased deployment. The countries involved in this expansion include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The exact timing of country deployments is subject to change depending upon market variables.
The Imports feature also is being enhanced in July to enable users to search up to one year of Imports data and to provide shipment tracking from the Import Shipment Detail screen.
“Over the last decade, UPS has invested billions of dollars in technology to help integrate the three flows of commerce – boxes, bytes and bucks -- for our customers,” said Barnes. “We must continue to innovate and move fast to answer the growing demands of the global marketplace.”
UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.