EBay tests same-day delivery with big retailers
By Alistair Barr
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc is testing a same-day delivery service with big retailers including Target Corp, Best Buy Co and Toys "R" Us Inc, as the world's largest online marketplace steps up competition with rival Amazon.com Inc.
EBay introduced eBay Now, a mobile application, to some eBay members in recent days. The app is being tested in San Francisco and offers delivery in as little as an hour, eBay spokeswoman Lina Shustarovich said on Monday.
The move is the latest sign of eBay working closely with traditional retailers to help them tackle the threat of Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, which has been winning business from physical stores at a rapid clip.
The eBay Now test comes as Amazon builds more warehouses to deliver goods quicker and more cheaply to online shoppers.
Amazon is building some of its newest warehouses closer to major metropolitan centers such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco's Bay Area. That has sparked speculation the company is planning a big expansion of same-day delivery -- although Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said recently a broad roll-out would not be economical.
While Amazon is using its own warehouses to speed deliveries, eBay is partnering with brick and mortar retailers for its eBay Now test.
Several retailers have uploaded their stores' inventory onto eBay's online marketplace through Milo, a local shopping start-up that eBay acquired in late 2010. These retailers are all part of the eBay Now same-day delivery test, through their San Francisco-based stores.
In addition to Target, Best Buy and Toys "R" Us, other retailers including Macy's Inc, Nordstrom Inc, Walgreen Co, Crate & Barrel and Fry's Electronics are taking part in the eBay Now test. Continued...