eBay today announced plans to launch its own fulfillment service called Managed Delivery. The service will provide sellers with end-to-end packaging and delivery. This could be viewed as an initiative by the company to try and take on Amazon.
With Managed Delivery, sellers will have the option to store, pack, and ship their products through logistics partners managed by eBay. This will enable sellers to store their inventory closer to buyers in warehouses that are strategically located across the United States. It will result in faster delivery times and lower shipping costs.
eBay says that it will support the Managed Delivery experience through a global technology platform with third-party partners running the operations to create a seamless, end-to-end fulfillment process for sellers.
“Managed Delivery will be a competitively-priced logistics solution for businesses selling high-volume goods in popular categories like electronics, home and garden, and fashion. The implementation of this service will dramatically lessen the shipping burden on sellers, while improving the shopping experience and making unboxing fun for buyers,” said eBay CEO Devin Wenig.
eBay previously had a more hands-off approach to how sellers shipped their products to customers. This obviously resulted in inconsistencies while will be properly addressed with this new fulfillment platform. eBay says that the Managed Delivery service will go live next year.