UPS has announced the launch of UPS Access Point, which it says allows consumers who purchase goods over the internet to choose convenient delivery and returns locations such as convenience stores, petrol stations and newsagents.
The company said it has a network of more than 600 carefully selected, high quality stores already signed up and 1,500 set to be in place in the UK by June 2013.
UPS said high-street retailers can also make use of its Access Point technology to offer click and collect solutions to their customers. It said multi-channel retailers can use their own shop-fronts as collection points for items purchased via their online channel, eliminating the need for investment in technology and transportation infrastructure.
UPS Europe vice president of strategy Joe Mozzali said: “UPS Access Point in the UK combines Kiala’s powerful technology platform and the integrated transportation network of the world’s largest package delivery company to provide convenient, reliable B2C delivery solutions and the very best customer service.
“We are committed to offering our customers the solutions they want, whether they are retailers trading over the internet or busy consumers looking for convenient delivery options. UPS Access Point brings UPS’s renowned quality and reliability to a new, cross-border consumer-delivery concept.”