eBay and Argos are partnering to trial a new ‘click and drop’ initiative that could help online sellers cut the cost of delivering items to customers.
The online marketplace is gearing up to pilot the service at selected Argos stores across the UK, allowing its users to drop sold items at their nearest outlet for packing and shipping by eBay.
If the pilot is successful, the scheme will be rolled out to 700 Argos stores across the country, according to the Telegraph.
A partnership like this is a world first, according to eBay’s vice president, Tanya Lawler, who said it is “not one that can be easily replicated by other players in the market.”
The trialing Argos outlets are yet to be chosen.
“We’ve created a service that makes it quick for sellers to drop off items so they can focus on growing their businesses and targeting domestic and international buyers, rather than waiting in line,” said Lawler.
The ‘click and drop’ project follows eBay’s click and collect services in Argos stores across the UK.
EBay said the click and collect scheme, which launched in September has already passed one million sales.
Amazon has recently partnered with the Post Office to offer a similar service.