eBay takes a page from Amazon’s book to create an end-to-end fulfillment service
Hopefully it doesn’t result in late deliveries…
eBay is working on a new service that will make running an eBay shopfront easier. Starting next year, the auction site will offer an end-to-end fulfillment service called Managed Delivery.
It’s their version of Amazon’s warehousing for third-party sellers, and will give eBay a more professional look, including self-branded shipping containers.
Starting next year, eBay will offer a managed fulfillment service for sellers
eBay’s certainly not hurting for cash, but had to watch as Amazon added a marketplace that offered a superior service for customers. Now, the auction site has obviously been taking notes, as Managed Delivery is an attempt to take on the retail giant at its own game.
- Seller’s goods will be stored in third-party warehouses, making fulfillment faster for customers
- Packages will be covered in eBay logos, gaining some mindshare back from its competition
- Apparently, 1.5 million packages are sent daily by sellers
- The new service could potentially be used by up to half of the items currently listed for sale on eBay (Reuters)
This should work out as a win-win-win, with eBay, sellers, and customers all benefiting. Some of that will depend on eBay’s cut, however, and how it compares to the cost of self-warehousing for its sellers.
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