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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Dec 18 2014 13:50:30

Can Sellers Capitalize on Amazon and eBay Same-Day Delivery?

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon launched a new 1-hour delivery service in Manhattan on Thursday that will extend to additional cities in 2015. "Amazon Prime Now" lets members of its Prime Shipping program order from a selection of tens of thousands of products and receive them within an hour for $7.99. They can also select a 2-hour window delivery and pay no shipping at all.

Presumably Amazon Prime Now includes products from third-party merchants who use FBA - we've got a question in to Amazon to clarify this point.* If so, that would be a pretty open program for sellers depending on what they are selling. Amazon includes electronics and toys in Prime Now, but other categories in the program such as health & beauty are gated - Amazon only allows pre-approved sellers to list in those categories.

But now that Amazon launched its own brand of "everyday essentials" called Amazon Elements, even the big name brands may be nervous about Prime Now.


On Tuesday, eBay differentiated its same-day delivery service by adding 80 small businesses in Brooklyn to the eBay Local program. "They will offer delivery and/or in-store pickup (ISPU) to Brooklyn shoppers through eBay's website and mobile apps."

Tom Allason, Senior Director of eBay's Local initiatives, said eBay has been testing last mile options for over a year. "We kicked off the program with a focus on large retailers to scale the program. Now we want to provide the same opportunities to small businesses, who are the core sellers on eBay."

eBay Local is a pilot program for "last mile" solutions for buyers and sellers. It includes same-day delivery, scheduled delivery, in-store pickup. It's available in five markets in the U.S.: New York (including Brooklyn and Queens), San Francisco and parts of the Peninsula, San Jose, Dallas and Chicago, and there are eBay Local programs in the U.K., Germany, and Australia.

In the UK, eBay sellers of any size can participate in the Click & Collect in-store pickup program, with certain requirements.

So which company's same-day delivery service will be more democratic for small sellers? Or will both programs hamstring smaller online-only merchants who can't promise such speedy delivery?

Update 12/18/14: An Amazon spokesperson told EcommerceBytes, "We do not offer 3P products at this time, but the service is just getting started."




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by: balloo This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 18 14:00:55 2014

I see the masses trying to grab drones from the skys.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Thu Dec 18 15:43:01 2014

Curious why Amazon thinks they'll be more successful with the Me Want It Now experiment than ebay was.

It might work in NYC where millions are crammed on a small island but I don't see it working in less densely populated areas or non metropolitan areas.

If this service were ever to be made to 3P sellers, it will come with a large price tag. Seller would have to ship their FBAs to Amazon warehouses in however many cities where the program was operating.

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by: AgendaSwallowsAll This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 18 17:56:45 2014

My opinion? Unless you're an Automotive Repair Shop, a Hospital or similar, GET a LIFE if you need something that fast. For they who are trying to condition the buying public to think this is normal, it's the same process of thought that had Sony Pictures think it was a good idea to make a Movie about taking out that N. Korean Lunatic Kim Jong-Un.

First day I heard about that movie I just shook my head and said ''What the **** were they thinking?''. I do the same each time I hear the latest thought from one of these Corporate Lunatics.    

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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Thu Dec 18 21:30:35 2014

Our local news did a bit about this tonight.

I'm picturing a bunch of hypno-bot buyers punching ''Buy'' buttons while chanting in Homer Simpson voice ''muuuust haaave it nowwww''.


In New York traffic - 1 hour delivery will be interesting.

Will near-death and mayhem ensue as delivery people emulate the Dukes of Hazard with two wheel maneuvers or Evel Knievel-esque leaps over crawling traffic?

''muuuust haaave it NOWWW!''

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Dec 19 07:31:47 2014

I honestly don't want any of these entitled Want it Now buyers.  Can you imagine dealing with one of these buyers if something goes wrong?

Hopefully this will end up just like WebVan.

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by: ajeweler This user has validated their user name.

Sat Dec 20 08:58:11 2014

want what now?? if ebay rates sellers on delivery time and performance , can you imagine the low DSR"S   one would receive???
anyone needing it that fast should drive local and pick up said item

ebay = Every Buy Against You

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by: Mr. Me This user has validated their user name.

Sat Dec 20 12:50:57 2014

How can one factor the cost of 2 hr delivery into a box of cereal? It would take an army of sub-minimum-wage fools to carry out the task.....

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Sat Dec 20 15:26:02 2014

Not fast enough? Just blink your eyes or twitch your nose. Worked quite well for Jeannie and Samantha.

Hey Amazon and eBay, when does the day-to-day REAL world come into play? You know, the real people with lives, families and bills to pay you get to carry out your grandiose schemes, I mean plans.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Dec 22 00:43:35 2014

Ridiculous. As someone that is disabled I do buy more and more on line, but I still try to be sure that I order what I need in enough time to get it with normal delivery times via USPS or UPS. Needing something in one hour is crazy.

People stop and take time to smell the roses! So few people are so busy that they can't wait for something or are so busy they leave ordering things to the last minute and then want instant delivery. How is Amazon even going to be sure that they have what they need in their warehouse to do the one hour delivery? It is time for people to get control of their lives and admit that many are not nearly as busy as the media tries to make everyone think you are. I remember when my boys were still at home I would read articles about harried mothers working full time, raising kids, doing everything perfectly, etc. and I would shake my head. Even with a full time job, I never got near being in the kind of rat race that the media depicted, BUT no one wants to admit that their lives aren't that full otherwise people might think less of them. Same way supervisors in jobs never want to admit that they don't need as much staff as they have, otherwise some of their staff may be cut and they will never get them back even when things are busy. This is all about people living a lie and appearances and if you give the appearance of being busy then surely you must be. All the new media crap being constantly introduced tells me most people are really bored silly with their lives and should take up a nice hobby like quilting or volunteering at a soup kitchen.



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