UPS Launches New Shipping Options for Canadian Users of eBay
MISSISSAUGA, ON., Feb. 15, 2006 - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced the launch of package shipping services for Canadian eBay users, enabling them to easily ship goods to buyers within or outside Canada via UPS.
By integrating UPS service options directly into the Canadian eBay site, as is already the case on eBay’s U.S. site, users will be able to ship within Canada and internationally just with one click of their computer mouse.
The UPS shipping tools allow eBay sellers to calculate costs, request a UPS pick-up, track shipments, review transit times and print shipping labels all at the point of transaction. Both international and domestic UPS shipping labels are available and can be paid for via PayPal, an online payment system. Benefits to eBay buyers include the ability to control costs using the time-in-transit and service calculator tools to best determine which UPS service to choose.
According to eBay, 724,000 eBay sellers in North America rely on eBay sales for their primary or secondary income. This is equivalent to the combined population of Victoria, B.C., and Windsor, ON. Another 1.5 million individuals say they supplement their income by selling through eBay.
Among sole proprietors, 77 per cent credit eBay for extending their geographic reach. And nearly half the sole proprietors (49 per cent) and 41 per cent of businesses with employees credit eBay for increasing their business.
“The integration of UPS’s shipping tools for Canadian users on eBay Canada will help simplify intra-Canadian and cross-border trading for our members,” says Elmer Sotto, head of marketplace development, eBay Canada. “Our community of users has asked for more shipping capabilities and we are delighted to team up with UPS to respond to their request.”
Thanks to the website integration, the eBay.ca Shipping Centreprovides sellers all the information needed to accomplish the essential aspects of shipping right from within eBay and PayPal.
In the United States, eBay and UPS have enjoyed a successful relationship since December 2000 when the two companies created a shipping information center on the eBay website for domestic U.S. shipments. Soon after, eBay integrated UPS shipping tools into the PayPal payment process. Then in December 2005, eBay.com began offering international package shipping by UPS for U.S.-based eBay users.
“UPS is providing our customers with convenient shipping services that address their global commerce needs by synchronizing all points of the business process,” said Wayne Bosch, vice president of e-commerce and professional services, UPS Canada. “Our relationship with eBay is an important dimension of this strategy as many small and mid-sized businesses use the eBay marketplace as a major resource, particularly to reach international buyers.”
“UPS’s shipping and visibility tools are one of the many ways we are delivering one-to-one service to our customers.” said Jordan Colletta, vice president of customer technology marketing for UPS. “Providing solutions to the eBay community that help them save time and expand their business is on the top of our priority list, since many small- and mid-sized businesses use the eBay marketplace as a major channel, particularly to reach buyers across the globe.”
In addition to the embedded technology tools on eBay, sellers also can utilize the packaging and international shipping expertise of The UPS Store franchisees at more than 4,600 locations in the United States and Canada.
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.
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