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UPS Site to Promote E-Commerce Solutions

United Parcel Service in Atlanta launched a new Web site to serve as an information clearinghouse for those exploring ways to transact business over the Internet.

The site provides information on electronic commerce solutions offered by seven leading technology companies with which UPS has strategic alliances.

The site provides background on e-commerce tools and strategies ranging from simple entry-level software to advanced solutions that integrate a company's entire business processes. It showcases electronic commerce solutions provided by AT&T, Harbinger, IBM, iCat, Lotus, Open Market and Pandesic.

The products incorporate various UPS functions, from tracking and rating to complete shipment processing, including international documentation preparation and label printing that are available through integration with UPS OnLine Professional.

"We have sifted through the e-commerce noise to provide our customers with valuable information about doing business via the Internet," said Dale Hayes, UPS vice president of marketing. "Opening a channel to leading e-commerce companies to provide superior solutions to our customers is important to UPS . . . and is part of our overall strategy of collaborating, not competing, with technology leaders to bring the best solutions to the table."

The launch of the site is part of UPS's effort to integrate its presence throughout the entire supply chain and become an indispensable, branded part of the business process.

"UPS is moving beyond the shipping room, beyond facilitating the physical flow of goods," Hayes added. "Through alliances with leading e-commerce providers, we are positioned to facilitate the flow of information and funds, the other two elements critical to commerce."