Ebay is launching a new Amazon-style fulfilment service for its sellers in the UK, offering them end-to-end fulfilment even on items sold on other platforms.
Ebay has announced the rollout of its new fulfilment service in collaboration with global logistics firm Orange Connex, offering sellers storage, packing and delivery services for the first time.
Sellers who sign up to the service will have access to dedicated fulfilment centres in Leicester and Birmingham, enabling them to offer next-day delivery, same-day handling and fully tracked services.
According to the marketplace, the service will be available for items purchased both on its own marketplace and third-party platforms.
Ebay has said the rollout is in response to a huge increase in new UK sellers this year, alongside demand from established sellers to grow their businesses.
The model has proved hugely successful for Ebay’s key ecommerce rival Amazon, with over half of the UK’s top Amazon sellers thought to use the service.
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“We know that managing space and storage for inventory can be one of the biggest pain points for our sellers, while an increasingly competitive retail environment means that consumers expect faster and more transparent delivery times,” Ebay UK’s general manager Murray Lambell said.
“Ebay fulfilment by Orange Connex sets out to address these, offering more capacity to grow and a simpler, more cost-efficient process so that sellers can offer more flexible delivery options.”
Orange Connex Global UK’s Gerry Power added: “Orange Connex are delighted to be working with Ebay on the launch of the new UK fulfilment service, harnessing the value of our combined experience to help many of their small business customers scale and succeed.
“As online demand has surged this year, we’re excited to be helping these businesses keep up with higher volumes of orders. This end-to-end fulfilment process will offer sellers improved visibility and control throughout the supply chain, while the end shopper can enjoy a more enhanced delivery.”