eBay is partnering with UK-based retailer Argos to enable its users to collect their purchases in Argos stores. Dubbed’click-and-collect’, the service is being piloted across 150 of the high street chain’s stores and hopes to make collecting items more convenient than delivering them to user’s homes.
The deal will allow eBay to rival Amazon’s locker service which allows customers to pick up their purchases from protected lockers founded in local shops and public places. The trial will last for 6 months and 50 eBay merchants have signed up for the scheme though none have yet been named. Similar deals are expected to become more common as high-street chains seek to survive as customer shopping moves online.
As Devin Wenig, President, eBay said; “The distinction between offline and online shopping continues to blur. At eBay we continue to find new ways to connect buyers and sellers. Our mission is connecting people with the things they need and love.Traditional retail isn’t going away; it is transforming. Smart retailers are innovating, reimagining the store and what it means to shop. We’re proud to join Argos on this journey. Their unique store network and operating model is fit for serving customers in a digital future. This exciting pilot takes us one step nearer to our goal of offering customers an inspired and seamless shopping experience.”
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