EBay’s plan to bring more sellers includes starting a new fulfillment network to let sellers store products at warehouses and enable faster and easier shipping.
The service, dubbed “Managed Delivery,” is set to roll out in the U.S. in 2020.
EBay now joins Shopify in trying to compete with Amazon and lure sellers away from Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and instead, bring them onto their own platforms by offering cheaper rates.
“We don’t want to win a fast shipping game; that’s not the point,” said Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay at eBay Open, the company’s developer conference.
“Our winning value proposition is the inventory you provide, not shipping, but that doesn’t mean shipping isn’t important.”
With more than 180 million shoppers on the site that spend $100 billion annually, it makes sense that eBay is taking matters into its own hands and handling warehouse and shipping inventory for its sellers.