Ebay has announced a partnership with InPost to offer customers new a new postage option and more convenience.
As part of the tie-up, 250 InPost lockers across the UK will be co-branded with Ebay to raise the profile of the partnership.
The partnership signals InPost’s continued expansion in the UK and marks its commitment to providing flexible solutions for a growing C2C ecommerce market.
Ebay merchants will have access to 2,500 InPost parcel lockers, which will enable them to drop off parcels at lockers before they are collected and shipped to buyers’ homes.
The partnership expands the delivery options available to sellers at a time when many may be looking to capitalise on the increased appetite from consumers to complete their holiday shopping early due to supply chain shortages.
The lockers will be available to Ebay marketplace sellers 24/7 and will be positioned at convenient locations including train stations, petrol forecourts and supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons and Lidl.
Ebay has seen significant growth in ‘casual’ sellers as the result of the pandemic-fuelled ecommerce boom and the ‘recommerce’ sector.
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Data from the marketplace giant highlighted the fact that 67 per cent of UK sellers have started to sell-preowned items during the pandemic to earn extra money.
“We’re thrilled to have partnered with Ebay to ensure that marketplace sellers have access to a convenient, flexible and time-saving delivery option that genuinely works in tandem with their normal routines,” InPost chief executive Jason Tavaria said.
“We see this as just the first step as InPost are continually delivering new and exciting products that companies like eBay can use to improve the lives of their buyers and sellers.
“We know online marketplaces such as Ebay offer an important revenue stream for many entrepreneurs and casual sellers, particularly in the run up to Christmas, and today’s partnership ensures that those sellers have access to quick and easy ways to get their products to buyers.”
Ebay UK general manager Murray Lambell added: “At Ebay, we’re committed to providing the right tools and levers to streamline the selling experience and to help our sellers make more money and boost sales.
“Our partnership with InPost ensures that sellers have greater choice in the delivery options available to them, presenting a convenient method of postage which can save both time and money – which is all the more crucial during this busy trading period.”