The ecommerce giant today announced Managed Delivery, a fulfillment service that it’s lining up to launch in the U.S. in 2020.
While eBay has served as a marketplace matching buyers with sellers since its inception, it has traditionally sidestepped the middleman approach adopted by Amazon and its managed fulfillment centers and transport infrastructure.
Through Managed Delivery, high-volume sellers can ship their stock to key locations around the country and offer their customers faster deliveries.
It will also mean all packages can be tracked, with buyers able to monitor the progress of their purchases in real time.
Unlike Amazon, however, eBay won’t be opening its own fulfillment hubs — instead, the company will work in partnership with undisclosed (for now) logistics partners.
“A common request we hear from our high-velocity sellers is to help make delivery of high-volume items easy and fast,” noted eBay president and CEO Devin Wenig in a press release.