The Michaels Companies and UPS have announced they are teaming up to roll out UPS Access Point locations to more than 1,100 Michaels stores nationwide. Customers can ship UPS packages directly to a Michaels store, drop off pre-labeled shipments and make returns to eCommerce retailers that were shipped by UPS.
“Michaels has long been recognized as a one-stop shop for all decor and creative needs, and providing value to our customers through UPS Access Point locations will bring added convenience to our shoppers,” Matthew Rubin, Michaels’ senior vice president of business development and growth, said in a press release. “Whether picking up a package from one of our stores, dropping off a pre-labeled return package or shipping off the latest fine art, DIY projects – or anything else you’d like to ship – directly from your favorite Michaels location, we’re here for you every step of the way.”
There is even an option for customers to have their delivery preferences set to their local Michaels via the UPS My Choice solution, which allows packages to be automatically rerouted to the recipient’s choice of destination. The company is also working on a separate option that would allow shoppers to select their nearest UPS Access Point location during the checkout process.
“By partnering with Michaels, we’re able to make it easier to do business with UPS in ways that suit our customers’ busy lifestyles,” said Kevin Warren, UPS’ chief marketing officer. “Our UPS My Choice for home solution, used by more than 60 million consumers throughout the world, pairs seamlessly with our UPS Access Point locations, giving our customers more choice and control.”
This is the second major announcement for UPS this week. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just announced that UPS won the first-of-its-kind air carrier and operator certification to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS, or drone) delivery company, UPS Flight Forward.
“It just gives us a lot of capabilities,” said David Abney, UPS’ chairman and chief executive. “We’re going to move ahead quickly and expand rapidly. It’s not going to be a small operation.”