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eBay Announces Ship-from-Store

Posted on 1.13.2014

Seventy-seven percent of consumers expect retailers to provide consistent, integrated experience between their in-store and online channels, according to eBay Enterprise. Ship-from-store and in-store pickup are two features that adapt to these customer needs.

Today, eBay Enterprise announced the availability of a Ship-from-Store SaaS solution, which will allow, according to the company, retailers to quickly turn their physical retail locations into virtual distribution centers. With the eBay Enterprise Ship-from-Store solution, retailers can deploy within 99 days to most effectively leverage their physical store inventories.

“Every day that retailers do not utilize in-store inventory to augment their online sales, they lose opportunities to maximize their existing inventory and increase their bottom line profitability by avoiding markdowns,” said Tobias Hartmann, head of omnichannel operations, eBay Enterprise. “With the eBay Enterprise Ship-from-Store solution, retailers can quickly turn their physical retail locations into virtual distribution centers.”

eBay Enterprise argues ship-from-store will have the following three benefits for both retailers and consumers:

1. Decreased delivery costs and times for customers by routing shipments from the nearest possible physical location.

2. Optimized order fulfillment through physical storefront inventory, expediting the ability for retailers to debut new products.

3. Maintain profit margins by turning store inventory online, as opposed to in-store merchandise markdowns to move inventory.

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