eBay is shifting gears with an initiative to cover more of the U.S. with its same day delivery service, eBay Now. Along with its expansion to new cities, eBay itself is expanding to new platforms from its hitherto web-based and mobile presence. eBay now allows you to place orders right from your desktop or laptop with a launch of the PC version of eBay Now.
Desktop users can now shop for products from stores like Macy’s, Home Depot and Target right from the desktop and place orders to have them delivered at their doorsteps within the hour. eBay Now covers San Francisco, New York and San Jose along with expansions to the Bay Area Peninsula, Brooklyn and Queens. Chicago and Dallas will be added later in the summer.
Shopping comes with the need for a richer, visual experience and that’s what the website offers. eBay found that customers like to shop store by store, so retailers have been given more focus. On its side, eBay Now is another channel for retailers to exploit to sell their wares locally. eBay backs the move with some figures — the U.S. Census says that 75% of the retail spend happens within 15 miles of where a consumer lives. The updates to eBay Now also follows shopping trends. Dane Glasgow, Vice President, Local and Mobile at eBay says,
“More than half our orders are made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. when our customers are usually at work. We want to make it easy for consumers to access eBay Now on any device.”
Do you live in any of the areas touched by eBay Now? Tell us about the service if you have tried it? How do you think it will fare against services like Google Shopping Express or AmazonFresh?
Source: eBay Blog