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UPS Unit Provides Logistics Services for WorldSpy

Atlanta-based UPS' Worldwide Logistics unit (UPS WWL) said it is providing warehouse management and distribution services for the newly launched online shopping portal, WorldSpy.

By outsourcing fulfillment and shipping to UPS WWL, WorldSpy operates as a shopping site without owning a physical storefront, warehouse or product inventory.

"We've helped WorldSpy turn the traditional retail model on its head," said John Sutthoff, UPS WWL chief operating officer. "UPS WWL handles the movement of products along the supply chain and allows WorldSpy to manage its vast system of seamlessly integrated research content and efficient e-commerce transactions."

With the help of WWL, WorldSpy enables manufacturers to outsource all or part of their e-commerce requirements and sell directly to consumers. As orders are placed on the WorldSpy Web site, they are downloaded to UPS WWL's distribution center computers for order fulfillment and shipping. WorldSpy's manufacturing partners can access information on the receipt, storage and sale of goods. Online shipment tracking and order status also is available for consumers.

Launched in December 1998, Ardsley, NY-based WorldSpy offers consumers online research and comparison capabilities in addition to online shopping, and features products from manufacturers such as IBM and Brother. WorldSpy also provides free delivery within three days.