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Classifieds App 5miles Launches Payment and Shipping Options

Mobile-app 5miles, one of the world’s leading mobile marketplaces, announced the release of the latest version of its app complete with online payment and shipping options – a new, complete “remote transaction” feature that is a first in the mobile marketplace industry. The new 5miles Wallet follows 5miles’ integration of a “Safe Exchange Area Locator” and multiple language translation capabilities into its app, representing a significant leap forward in facilitating local marketplace transactions while removing barriers to mobile commerce.

One of the most-downloaded shopping apps for Android and iOS devices, 5miles has grown into a global community of more than 10 million members, allowing millions of active users to buy and sell more than $250 million in goods and services every month.

“5miles’ number-one priority is to make the process of buying and selling easier, more user-friendly and secure,” Dr. Lucas Lu, founder and CEO of 5miles, said. “Listening to our users, and responding to broader consumer demand, we realized that many would welcome or even prefer the option to ship or pay for items directly through the app.”

While buyers and sellers on local marketplaces like Craigslist and 5miles traditionally have had to transact in person, in cash, 5miles’ Wallet now lets users save debit or credit card information to pay for items or be paid directly to their 5miles account. Powered by Stripe, the new payment method offers greater security and convenience to buyers and sellers, right at their fingertips.

How 5miles’ Wallet works:

  • Buyers, after confirming they have received an item in good condition, authorize the release of funds to a seller to cover the purchase
  • Sellers then can withdraw money as well as list items separately for local pickup or shipping (via USPS initially, with FedEx soon available)

Both the optional payment and shipping methods are designed to appeal to and enable more marketplace consumers to transact wherever and whenever they want, however they want. With personal safety and security an ever-present concern for many, the new features also hold the promise of helping to reduce or eliminate incidences of offline theft and fraudulent activity such as fake or counterfeit goods or money that have been used in some exchanges.

5miles provides payment and safety guidelines (in English and Spanish) in its online Help Center. The app is the first of its kind to offer a full-category, hyper-local marketplace experience, giving users easy access to a variety of goods as well as services, housing, and jobs: real listings from real people in real time – all within five miles.

About 5miles
5miles is a free, truly local mobile marketplace, one of the fastest-growing shopping apps in the United States. It is the first app of its kind to include local services, housing and jobs, in addition to listings for original and second-hand items. Launched in Dallas in January 2015, the app immediately set itself apart with an easy-to-use mobile interface, identity verification capability (for added safety and security), and hyper-local curation of offerings. In its first year and a half of operation, 5miles has enabled users to buy and sell nearly $4 billion in goods and services. The app routinely ranks as a top 10 shopping app on Google Play, with a growing adoption rate with iOS users via the App Store. Learn more at 5milesapp.com.

Source5miles Press Release via Marketwired.com and the 5milesapp.com blog

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.