UPS announced a major rollout of 3D printing services in 100 U.S. stores. One year ago UPS launched the 3D printing pilot program in six markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
UPS was the first nationwide retailer to offer these in-store services and, in conjunction with Stratasys, the store continues to evolve its services to better meet the needs of customers.
"We are committed to offering small business owners, entrepreneurs and consumers high-tech solutions in order to assist with all of their business needs," said Michelle Van Slyke, VP of marketing and sales at The UPS Store. "We launched the pilot to evaluate if there was demand for 3D print and we're excited to be announcing an expansion, giving even more small business owners access to high-quality, professional 3D printing. We look forward to being a part of the future of the 3D printing industry."
To kick off the rollout, UPS is designating this week as "3D Print Week," which includes a Twitter chat titled, "How 3D print can help your small business." Small business owners can get their 3D print questions answered from experts at this time.
Since UPS's successful implementation of the products in-store, other retailers have followed suit. In fact, the 3D print service provider sector increased by 21 percent last year, according to The Wohlers Report for 2014.
Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) began testing in-store printing options in spring. Around the same time, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) began selling 3D printers in March. And in summer, Home Depot (NYSE:HD) started offering 3D printers online and in-store for at-home use.
-See this UPS press release
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