In the quest to be the top eCommerce website, there can be only one. And the way things are going, there will be no reason to leave the house in the future. You’ve heard of a pizza being delivered or even groceries. But now retailers like eBay are making it even easier to remotely purchase goods from your favorite chain stores.
CNET reports that scheduled deliveries were one of eBay users top requests in research polls. According to Chief Technology Officer Mark Carges, “Scheduling deliveries was a big requirement we hear loud and clear. Local shopping is a very unique thing eBay is well positioned to do."
It turns out that a site like eBay is poised to deliver good locally. It is true that you can already refine your search to include local sellers. Find out more about special coupons and deals at the new eBay.
Now eBay is teaming up with major retailers like Best Buy, Macy’s, the Home Depot, AutoZone, and more. There is a $25 minimum for delivery as well as a $5 fee, meaning goods can be shipped cheaply and easily. The service is only up in limited areas of Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and London so far. The goal is for eBay Now to be active in 25 major cities by 2014.
Retailers Partnered with eBay-Now
- Best Buy
- Guitar Center
- Office Depot
- Radio Shack
- The Home Depot
- Toys R Us
- Urban Outfitters
It is all part of the website’s recent overhaul. The redesign is intended to make the user experience more visual, something else people said they wanted. If you were to log in to your eBay account now, for instance, you would see something that looks like a social media feed. There is a new option to follow your favorite searches and keep track of them in a Pinterest-like stream of images.
To help initiate the massive change, eBay has acquired a UK based company known as Shutl. It is an electronic service that uses local couriers to deliver goods the same day they are purchased online. Shutl founded in 2008 by Tom Allason, who is supposedly pretty happy with his $8.69 million right now. He has not released a public statement.
Direct competitors to eBay include Amazon, Google Buy, and Overstock.com, as well as independent competition from Etsy, Big Cartel, Threadless, and more. In a marketplace crowded with up-and-coming eCommerce websites it is obvious that eBay is not out of the game yet.