Shopify Embeds UPS Services

Shopify recently embedded a suite of UPS services on its platform.

Now Shopify merchants can use Shopify’s platform to manage shipping and will receive savings on UPS rates, according to a statement from the cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform.

“Working with UPS helps level the playing field for small businesses to compete against larger brands with guaranteed delivery times and competitive rates previously unavailable to many small- and medium-sized merchants,” said Maia Benson, Shopify’s head of global shipping and fulfillment.

The platform’s shipping services include UPS 2nd-Day Air and UPS Ground. Tracking and billing are integrated into the platform. Shopify’s UPS deal also will feature a dedicated hotline, (833) BFCM-WIN, where businesses can talk to a Shopify representative about shipping.

The partnership between Shopify and UPS comes as both companies are ramping up for a busy holiday season. UPS anticipates that it will deliver more than 630 million packages between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve. It is an increase of more than 10 percent over holiday deliveries last year, according to a UPS statement.

Shopify’s software is used by retailers to run their Web, mobile and social-media shops as well as traditional bricks-and-mortar boutiques.

This year, Shopify unveiled the Frenzy mobile app in the United States. The Frenzy mobile app gives retailers a forum to produce “Drop Zones,” or places where they can hold a physical market to sell goods. In June, the Anti Social Social Club brand produced a Drop Zone in Los Angeles’ Elysian Park. The Frenzy app was used to process sales transactions in the drop-zone area. Payments were made through Apple Pay.