Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) and RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) just turned their backs on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Lockers, but that hasn't stopped eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) from rolling out its own twist on the delivery service. The auction site announced the new "Click & Collect" service on Tuesday (Sept. 24) that will allow buyers to pick up their purchases at retailers instead of having them delivered.
Sounds pretty familiar, right? But unlike Amazon's lockers, eBay is debuting its service only in the UK, where there's reason to believe it will perform fairly well. The e-tailer cited an Econsultancy Online Shopping Survey that found that 40 percent of UK shoppers used some form of click and collect service over the last Christmas season.
"The distinction between offline and online shopping continues to blur," eBay's president Devin Wenig said in a statement. "At eBay we continue to find new ways to connect buyers and sellers. Our mission is connecting people with the things they need and love. Traditional retail isn't going away; it is transforming. Smart retailers are innovating, reimagining the store and what it means to shop."
EBay is teaming up with Argos, combining the 50 online merchants who are signed up for the service with the 150 general goods stores the chain has stationed around the country. And while Click & Collect has its share of similarities with Amazon's attempts, there's one very obvious difference: no lockers.
The end goal is to make it as easy as possible for customers to make their purchases and have a variety of convenient options for delivery. The easier it is, the more likely people will drop their cash.
EBay also announced the expansion of its eBay Now same-day delivery service to London. EBay's clearly ready to drop everything to get the Brits their orders as fast as humanly possible.
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