eBay conducted another survey about its plans for a fulfillment service following a survey it had conducted in September 2017. Instagram account "RockStarFlipper
" said eBay surveyed sellers on March 29, 2018 and shared a screenshot showing the introductory question:
eBay is considering offering a new fulfillment service for its buyers and sellers. The goal is to create a delivery experience that makes your life easier and is faster, more affordable, and more consistent for your customers.
The way it would work is that you send us your inventory and we will warehouse it. Once an order for your warehoused inventory is received, we will pick it, pack it, and deliver it within the timeframe that the customer selects for the order.
The service will be competitively priced and guarantee 1 to 3 day shipping, which will promote increased listing visibility and sales velocity. Not only will the service remove hidden costs of storage and inventory management, it will reduce shipping complexity and free up valuable time for you to focus on growing your business.
How likely would you be to try this fulfillment solution?
We wrote about the survey eBay had conducted in the September 25, 2017 issue of EcommerceBytes 411
- you can see the accompanying blog post here
, which garnered nearly 100 responses.
There are bound to be many brands and merchants of all sizes who are tempted to use an eBay fulfillment service.
However, sellers who don't use Fulfillment by eBay could be impacted in a major way.
That's because like Amazon does with FBA listings, eBay would likely favor listings under its control by giving them a boost in visibility. And as eBay moves to a product-based shopping experience, that means sellers using eBay fulfillment would have a better chance of winning one of the "buy boxes" on eBay catalog product pages.