UPS is rolling out a new way for you to get your holiday packages without having to worry about them being stolen from your doorstep.
Looking for new ways to profit and please customers
The package delivery company was supposed to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of e-commerce. Around 8% of all shopping is done online these days. But it’s been a tough game for them with more competition. They’re getting less money per package now than a year or two ago.
So they’ve had to come up with new ways to super-serve their customers and beef up their profits.
Too often when packages are delivered, they can be stolen from your front steps. With a high value item, a signature required and maybe no one is home. That then requires re-delivery at a big cost.
UPS announces Access Point
UPS is now set to do delivery lockers. At your option, you can have your package delivered to a UPS store or another location like a convenience store, dry cleaner, or pharmacy, according to The Wall Street Journal. The program is being called Access Point.
7-Eleven had done a limited experiment being an Amazon delivery point in the past. But this is a major expansion of that. Best of all this move saves UPS a fortune and saves you a lot of hassle!
Meanwhile, some stores like Sears are experimenting this year with free store pick-up where you pick up your item at the curb. You don’t even have to go inside the store. You just let them know when you’re coming and they have somebody waiting (in theory) outside to give you your merchandise.
We’ll see how this all plays as the holiday season moves along.