UPS officially releases iPhone App, touts Mac Support

On the heels of the Apple App Store release last week, UPS posted a press release regarding their UPS Mobile application for the iPhone.

We’ll be posting a full review of UPS Mobile for the iPhone later this week, but it provides a full range of services including shipping, and does not require the user to create a UPS account in order to utilize basic functionality.

Mention is also made of NRGship, our Mac OS compatible desktop shipping application which fully supports UPS technologies.

Ship from UPS.com Address book

Ship from your UPS.com Address book

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UPS iPhone app now in App Store

Just found the new official UPS iPhone app in our daily search… must have come out. Learn more on iTunes. We’ll have a look and report back later…

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USPS Mobile -or- 5 Things I Hate About m.usps.com

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Last week the USPS announced that they are offering a mobile-optimized version of the most popular functions from the usps.com website. While some will appreciate this addition, the implementation of the iPhone specific version is a bit disappointing.

1. No good looking icon for my iPhone home screen! – when you add the web page to your home iPhone, it’s displayed with a generic icon, making it hard to locate amidst all my apps and links. It doesn’t take much effort to create a 57×57 icon named apple-touch-icon.png.

2. No way home! There is always link home at the bottom of the page, but I have to scroll. Make the header image link home please.

3. Bad Form Validation. If I error in form input, it has to reload a page, which is really annoying on a mobile device. Simple client side JavaScript can have been utilized to check for form requirements/errors quickly.

4. Not optimized for the iPhone! There are tons of templates out there, and it’s not hard to create your own. iui or another framework could have been utilized to provide a iPhone-like appearance. At least the address bar could be hidden to provide more screen real estate.

5. The locator function could utilize Geographic Location Classes.

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Eight Great Ideas from the PARCEL Forum

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While NRG wasn’t exhibiting at the PARCEL Forum in Chicago last week, we did take a road trip to visit with some of our industry associates.

Mark Taylor, who facilitated the PARCEL Key Executive Forum, just released an article in PARCEL magazine which has eight great tips to reduce transportation costs. We especially like the tip about sending packages with “Hold For Pickup” instead of UPS Early AM as we know some NRGship customers are already doing this to cut costs! Check out our KnowledgeBase for more information on doing “Hold For Pickup” shipments.

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For those that bleed UPS Brown…

Have what it takes to deliver the most UPS express packages on time?

UPS GAMES

Test your Maximum Driver skills with 2 new games – “Air Drop” and “Laserscape” – at racing.ups.com

We have to admit – it’s kind of fun.¬† You guide either David Ragan or the UPS Driver through the air or through a maze of lasers. UPS delivers more packages overnight on time in the U.S. than any other carrier – so you’re in for a challenge.

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