More than 1,100 Michaels stores across the country will soon serve as drop-off and pick-up sites for UPS deliveries.
The Texas-based arts-and-crafts chain made the announcement this week after a successful test run at locations in Atlanta, Austin and Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The news follows a similar arrangement Amazon has put in place with Kohl's. Amazon shoppers can now bring returns to the customer service counter at any Kohl's location, where store workers will package it and send it back for free.
The partnerships help bring more foot traffic into brick-and-mortar stores, which in many cases are struggling these days.
In addition to sending pre-labeled packages via UPS at Michaels stores, shoppers can also use the UPS My Choice app to arrange to have shipments sent to a Michaels store instead of their home or office.
“For today’s busy consumer, this offers much-needed convenience,” Kevin Warren, UPS’s chief marketing officer, said in a news release. “We are pleased to give consumers more choice and control over package deliveries by adding Access Point locations at their neighborhood Michaels store.”
UPS says it is has set a goal of having a drop-off and pick-up location within 5 miles of 90% of Americans, and the Michaels agreement will help it achieve that.