As you grow, your pickup options can grow or change with you.
A young company often grows faster than anyone expected. That’s certainly exhilarating but can be exhausting as well. Owners may be tempted to make “knee-jerk” decisions about shipping, so they can focus on what they know best – running the business.
“Customers can save money by choosing the pickup option that best fits their needs.”
– UPS’s George Downs
But when it comes to getting product into the hands of customers, UPS knows every business is different. And there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution for picking up packages ready for shipment.
So whether you’re traveling and need a pickup at an alternate location or have ground, air and international shipments all ready to go at once, flexibility and scalability are key. George Downs, a marketing manager at UPS, outlines various UPS pickup options as a primer:
- UPS On-Call Pickup®. “This is the first service level we provide, for companies that have outgrown using a UPS Drop Box or a nearby The UPS Store® location,” Downs says. You can call to schedule a driver pickup on the same day or a future day, with no limit on the number of packages. The fee is $6.80 per same-day request, or $5.80 for a future-day pickup.
- UPS Smart Pickup®. UPS leverages technology so that when you print a label using a UPS shipping system (such as ups.com, WorldShip® and UPS CampusShip®), it automatically notifies a UPS driver to stop by and pick it up. “You only get pickups when you need them,” Downs says. The flat fee for this service is $11.85 per week.
- Day-Specific Pickup. “Let’s say you’re a salesperson and you are on the road four days a week. You process orders over the weekend, and want to ship them all on Monday,” Downs says. “We can arrange to have a scheduled pickup on a specific business day that fits your needs.” Fees start at $11.85 per week and increase depending on shipping volume and the number of pickups per week.
- Daily On-Route Pickup. With this option, a driver stops by every business day when he or she is in your neighborhood, but not at a specific scheduled time. “This is a good option when you can be flexible about pickup times,” says Downs. When weekly billings are $75 or more with UPS, the pickup cost is $11.90 per week.
- Daily Pickup. Shipments are picked up automatically, usually in mid- to late-afternoon, at a scheduled time. “The driver will stop in, day in or day out, whether you have a package going out or not,” Downs says. It’s a good option for businesses that ship every day and need a predictable, scheduled approach. Scheduled daily pickup costs $12.90 per week on UPS billings of $75 or more.
“These options are not necessarily dependent on shipping volume,” says Downs. “It’s really a matter of customer preference, and figuring out what best fits your situation.” Some companies just arrange for routine daily or on-demand pickup to help keep their business running predictably, he says. “But the fact is that customers can save money by choosing the option that best fits their needs.”
Learn more about all UPS value-added services for shippers.