UPS (UPS) has partnered up with Michaels (MIK) to begin shipping packages direcly from the arts and crafts retail chain. Through UPS’ Access Point service, customers of Michaels can now visit more than 1,100 store locations to have their packages delivered directly to or shipped directly from one of these stores.

According to Michaels, customers can ship their UPS packages to one its stores or drop off a pre-labeled package for shipment. Customers will also be able to make returns to e-commerce retailers that allow for UPS drop off and take advantage of UPS’ My Choice service that lets their packages be rerouted automatically to a local Michaels store for pickup later.

The new venture between the companies is likely a move by Michaels to gain foot traffic in its stores as it noted that customers can ship their packages “while picking up their favorite seasonal and DIY essentials.”

Michaels may also be taking a page out of Kohl’s playbook, which partnered with Amazon for package returns at all of its stores. Kohls was also looking to get customers in its doors through the Amazon return process, making it easier and more convenient to return purchases to the e-commerce giant.

“Michaels has long been recognized as a one-stop shop for all décor and creative needs and providing value to our customers through UPS Access Point locations will bring added convenience to our shoppers,” Matthew Rubin, senior vice president of Business Development and Growth at Michaels said.

“Whether picking up a package from one of our stores, dropping off a pre-labeled return package or shipping off the latest fine art, DIY projects – or anything else you’d like to ship – directly from your favorite Michaels location, we’re here for you every step of the way,” he added.

UPS is also working with online retailers to offer Michaels’ stores as Access Point locations that can be selected during the checkout process, Michaels said.

Shares of UPS stock were down 2.07 percent as of 3:33 p.m. ET on Tuesday while shares Michaels stock were down 0.47 percent at the same time.

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