Technology Takes Off at UPS to Simplify International Shipping
New York, Same Shipping and Visibility Tools Available For Freight and Small Package Shippers; New Functionality Gives Importers More Control
UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced enhancements to several technology tools that simplify the use of multiple transportation modes and give importers more control over shipments.
“Businesses of all sizes count on UPS to bridge the distance between their suppliers and their customers,” said Dan Brutto, president of UPS International. “Technology is the key to helping shippers, particularly exporters and importers, streamline their global supply chains.”
The technology enhancements, announced today at the American Association of Exporters and Importers 89th Annual Conference & Expo, include:
* Importers will have more control and fewer delays of their shipments with UPS Import Control, a new functionality that enables an importer to process an import shipment through their UPS shipping system, specifically CampusShip or Internet Shipping on ups.com.
* CampusShip will join UPS shipping systems, WorldShip, and Internet Shipping, in processing air freight shipments in addition to less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments, providing the same easy-to-use interface for both small package and LTL freight shippers.
* Quantum View Manage, a web-based tool, will provide enhanced support for shipper visibility into air, ocean and LTL freight shipments.
* ups.com will provide self-enrollment in UPS Paperless Invoice, which allows small package shipments to clear customs in 92 countries using electronic data instead of error-prone paper forms known as commercial invoices.
UPS Import Control
UPS Import Control puts control over inbound logistics and costs in the hands of the importer rather than the exporter. Available in July, UPS Import Control will allow importers to use CampusShip or Internet Shipping to generate shipping labels and commercial invoices for a small package import shipment and forward those materials to the international shipper (exporter). The importer can even dispatch a UPS driver to provide the materials and collect the shipment.
Importers can elect to have the commercial invoice removed prior to delivery to a third party, insuring that an end-customer doesn’t receive cost of goods information. In addition, importers don’t have to supply the exporter with UPS account information and the exporter can even use other shippers.
Through a web-based tool, either Quantum View Manage or Tracking on ups.com, importers will have complete shipment visibility from pickup to final delivery, including any exception information, which helps plan work schedules, provide enhanced customer service, and balance inventory levels.
Shipping and Visibility System Enhancements
For freight shippers, Quantum View Manage is being enhanced in July to provide additional shipment details, document images (e.g., Commercial Invoice, Packing List and Reweigh Certificate) and advanced freight alerts and notifications of milestone events. At the same time, UPS is enhancing its shipping system, CampusShip, to support air freight shipments as well. WorldShip and Internet Shipping already provide air and LTL freight support. This means that UPS customers can now easily process and track small package and freight shipments with the same systems, simplifying the use of multiple transportation modes in the customer’s supply chain.
UPS Paperless Invoice
Beginning in July, any customer wanting to take advantage of the benefits of UPS Paperless Invoice for their international shipments can self-enroll on ups.com. A first-to-market solution available since 2008, UPS Paperless Invoice has allowed thousands of customers to reduce the likelihood of customs holds by up to 41 percent and enhance their company’s sustainability efforts by eliminating the need for paper commercial invoices. See ups.com/paperlessinvoice for enrollment details.
For more information on how UPS helps companies of all sizes navigate the complexities of global trade, visit ups.com/globaltrade
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