A UPS-Shopify rate deal is aiming to put small retailers one step closer to competing with Amazon.com’s extensive logistics advantage — by offering lower rates usually reserved for larger customers.
Shopify now features a UPS-hosted dashboard on its platform. Henceforth, the hundreds of thousands of small U.S.-based businesses that use Shopify will receive competitive, pre-negotiated domestic and international rates that save on list prices, along with streamlined shipping and fulfillment services.
“By embedding UPS natively into Shopify’s platform, merchants will get the breadth and reliability of UPS’s services to more than 220 countries and territories, while easily managing all aspects of shipping and fulfillment in one place,” said Jerome Roberts, vice president of global product innovation at UPS. Shopify merchants, he added, now have access to UPS’s tools and can provide services that are similar to larger e-commerce companies.
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