As technology continues to change the way people shop, eBay today introduced a set of new features that make browsing and buying on eBay more personalized and inspiring. The company also announced a series of steps it is taking to accelerate its efforts in local commerce, including plans to extend its popular eBay Now delivery service to 25 markets by the end of 2014, including Chicago, which launches today.
New Marketplace ExperienceeBay is blending the dependability of search with the inspiration of browse for its 124 million active users by introducing the following features:
- Collections: groups of products that have been hand-selected from eBay’s more than 500 million listed items by expert curators, eBay buyers, and sellers
- Curators: top trendsetters across a variety of interest areas, who create beautiful collections on eBay to help easily connect you with items you’ll love
- Follow: a simple, one-click way for you to personalize your feed by following the collections, curators, eBay users, and interests that inspire you
- Profiles: a customizable page - for both buyers and sellers - where you can share information about yourself, the collections you’ve created, and the interests, collections, and people you follow
- eBay Today: a new page on eBay that helps you easily discover the very best collections of items on eBay, selected daily by eBay’s Chief Curator and Editorial Director
eBay’s 200 curators include notable personalities such as:
|Alexandra Cousteau||Andrea Linett||Ashley Avignon|
|Benjamin Clymer||Billy Farrell||Brian Walton|
|Cecilia Dean||Chris Benz||Chrissie Miller|
|Darcy Miller||Eddie Borgo||Graham Hill|
|Janie Bryant||Jauretsi||Jen Atkin|
|Jeremiah Brent||Jon Rose||Justin Bell|
|Kelly Oxford||Lucy Sykes||Pharrell Williams|
|Richard Rawlings||Ryan Block||Solange Knowles|
|Tenzin Wild||Todd Selby||Veronica Belmont|
“Today, approximately 75 percent of what people buy is local, found within 15 miles from their home,” said Wenig. “Traditional retail isn’t going away. But it is transforming, and that creates enormous opportunity within the $10 trillion total commerce market.”eBay’s new local commerce initiatives include:
- eBay Now: The company plans to expand the eBay Now service to 25 markets by the end of 2014, including major metro areas in North America, including Chicago today and Dallas later this year, and select international markets, including London in early 2014.
- Shutl: The company has announced its agreement to acquire Shutl, a marketplace that uses a network of couriers to deliver local goods that same day. The company believes that the acquisition of Shutl’s technology, talent and expertise will help eBay to reach its goal of expanding its local delivery capabilities.
- In-Store Pickup: In keeping with eBay’s commitment to enable shoppers to choose how, where and when they receive purchases, customers can also now buy online at eBay.com and pick-up in local stores. This service is available today for Toys “R” Us and Best Buy, with more retailers coming soon.
- Scheduled Delivery: Soon, eBay will be releasing scheduled delivery for eBay Now, enabling customers to buy something on their mobile phone, pick a time that works for their schedule, and have their items delivered to them then.
- Now on eBay.com: The company also plans to offer eBay Now same-day delivery for local goods on eBay.com, bringing the speed and convenience of eBay Now to cities where the eBay Now service is live.