eBay uses Shyp in LA

Same day courier Shyp and eBay have announced an extension of their partnership into the Los Angeles market.

eBay made the announcement on its newsboard that said, “Building on the success from initial pilots in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, the expansion will help equip consumers with an easy, optimized selling and shipping experience.

“Shyp will pick up the items you sold within 20 minutes, professionally pack them, and mail them straight to buyer on your behalf.

“eBay sellers can connect their eBay account to the Shyp app to see an itemized feed of their recently sold items. They can then select items they’d like to ship, and request a pickup. Within 20 minutes, a Shyp courier will arrive at their door to take care of the rest.”

Once the sellers’ items are picked up, Shyp automatically marks them as ‘Shipped,’ notifies the buyer, and updates sellers with tracking information within the same day of a requested pickup.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Shyp to make selling on eBay even easier,” said Vincent Payen, Head of Consumer Selling for eBay North America.

“Coupled with the eBay Valet mail-in and drop-off programs, we’re continuing to provide our sellers with tailored experiences that make the selling and shipping process on eBay seamless.”

One of eBay’s competitive weaknesses against its main rival Amazon is its inability to deliver direct to customers, in part due to the decentralised nature of its business. Partnerships with companies such as Shyp and in the UK, Argos, helps tackle this problem and may well improve its competitiveness in the coming months. Where people choose Amazon for next day delivery, a partnership with a very fast delivery company such as Shyp could take this advantage away, though eBay can only reach as far as that recent startup can – not nationwide in the US for the moment.