United Parcel Service this week announced its intentions to enter the realm of online printing and further claimed to now have the largest online printing network. The UPS Store has more than 4,400 locations across the United States.
"After reviewing the research and listening to our small-business customers, we realized there is a real need in the marketplace for an online printing platform which is easy to use, provides functionality geared for small business, and is supported by a convenient network of physical locations," said Stuart Mathis, president of Mail Boxes Etc, franchisor of the UPS Store brand. UPS acquired Mail Boxes Etc. in 2001 for US$191 million, the majority of which have been rebranded The UPS Store.
Users can preview documents, select finishing options and even save documents for future printing using the new system, which is currently only available to U.S. users.
The company currently has over 340 stores in Canada that offer printing and document services, but via email or FTP transfer.