EBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) and Argos have extended their partnership so that shoppers will now be able to choose from a wider range of eBay sellers for pick up at 650 Argos stores.
The collaboration began in September 2013 with 50 eBay sellers offering products for collections in 150 Argos stores. After almost a year of testing, the company forecasts that about 65,000 eBay sellers will offer items for collection at Argos by the close of 2014.
EBay launched the trial in the U.K. rather than in the United States, due to higher engagement with the service by British shoppers. Roughly 40 percent of U.K. shoppers used some form of click and collect service over the holiday season, according to an Econsultancy online shopping survey.
EBay seems to be succeeding where Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has incurred some bumps since lauching lockers for pickup in 2011. Staples (NYSE:SPLS) and RadioShack (NYSE:RSH) pulled the plug on the e-tailer's version, Amazon Lockers, last year after neither chain saw an uptick in actual shoppers due to the service. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is also in the early stages of testing out lockers in its stores.
"I'm delighted the operational trial in a number of Argos stores around the U.K. has been successful," said David Robinson, COO, Argos. "The next stage in the agreement is to have more sellers, more stores and more volume to assess how we can scale this partnership for the benefit of consumers, Argos and eBay. Fulfillment is the next retail battleground and Argos' unique model is well placed to leverage this."
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