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New Director Tasked with Expanding eBay UK Shipping Options

As eBay tries to increase cross-border trade and keep up with delivery and package-pickup trends, its UK arm has hired a new director of shipping and logistics. Mike Pitt joins eBay UK from retail consultancy the Javelin Group.

In its announcement about the new hire, eBay noted its Global Shipping Programme (GSP), which is powered by Pitney Bowes, had recently taken its millionth order and expanded in to new markets.

“Pitt’s role is pivotal in providing convenient, low cost shipping choices,” according to eBay. “This includes opening up international trade options through the GSP where up to 10,000 UK sellers a day are taking advantage of a service designed to make selling internationally, as easy and low cost as selling domestically.”

eBay said Pitt will also focus on its partnership with Argos. eBay UK Click & Collect lets shoppers purchase from eBay UK sellers and pick up their goods at one of hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores belonging to British retail chain Argos – when requested, sellers send items to the buyer’s local Argos store for pickup. In referring to the program, eBay said it reduced the cost of deliveries and made it simper to return items when necessary.

At the Javelin Group, Pitt advised leading global retailers on their omnichannel operations strategies. His twenty year career also spans Waitrose, where he was Head of Online Operations and third party logistics company, Gist, according to eBay.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.