Gumtree works with AnyVan for deliveries

Nationwide classified advertising website Gumtree has announced it is to work with the ‘sharing economy’ delivery firm AnyVan to offer its customers the option to use an AnyVan delivery when buying or selling their new and second hand wares.

Michael Stoelwinder, Head of Product at Gumtree, said: “We are constantly talking to our users to gather feedback and make improvements to our site and service. We know they want to be able to buy and sell items when they want, and crucially where they want, in the most convenient way possible. That’s why Gumtree is thrilled to be working with AnyVan, to offer our buyers and sellers a new option to cheaply and easily transport goods across the UK.”

Angus Elphinstone, Founder and CEO of AnyVan, added: “We founded AnyVan eight years ago to reduce the amount of empty vehicles travelling on our roads. Working with Gumtree is a fantastic opportunity for us to offer its customers a reliable and convenient way to transport those goods that people no longer need, or that they cannot wait to receive. Together with Gumtree, we’re offering consumers the best of the sharing economy to ensure they can shop or sell on their own terms. We’ve seen over 20,000 additional customers come through to us from Gumtree in recent weeks and we’re hoping to build on this success as we strengthen our ties with the site”.

While not a huge e-commerce player, Gumtree is a national phenomenon and the tie up with AnyVan could well help the classifieds site improve its sales. This is an interesting development for the sector as with a reliable delivery network, Gumtree could take on eBay (and potentially outflank Facebook’s classifieds) for intra-UK trading…

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