eBay announced today that its QR feature is now available for all users in the US for USPS domestic shipping labels. It also said it plans to expand the use of QR codes into its return-label flows.
Last month, it launched the QR code feature so sellers could bring their package to their local Post Office and show the clerk the code on their mobile device, allowing the clerk to print the shipping label on the seller’s behalf.
eBay did not reveal how many post offices are currently equipped with this feature. eBay explained that the seller is notified about the QR code option in My eBay and via email. “When entering the shipping flow, the seller is guided to check for the nearest post office equipped with this feature. The seller can select a QR code as the label format and receive it via email or download it directly from the shipping flow.”
If plans change, QR codes can easily be voided or reprinted at no additional cost, eBay said.
“While the initial version involves a close partnership between eBay and USPS, we wanted to use an API integration model that would simplify onboarding other carriers in our global marketplace,” according the announcement. “By introducing a new service which receives data from our carriers and translates it into consistent-looking QR codes on the eBay Labels platform, we’re able to guarantee a consistent user experience for our sellers.”
eBay said it will expand the feature to other carriers in the US and to other global markets. “Additionally, we’re planning to expand the use of QR codes into our return label flows,” it wrote in Monday’s announcement, found on the eBay corporate blog.