eBay has announced an agreement to acquire Shutl, the UK-based marketplace that uses a network of couriers to deliver local goods within a couple of hours of ordering..
We met the Shutl guys at the eCommerce expo last year. It’s an interesting business model, using spare courier capacity in local areas to do same day / same hour deliveries. If you have products that are high value or potentially could be wanted the same day then this could be an invaluable service for your customers.
Examples of uses could be emergency medication or just a forgotten birthday.
With Amazon and Google both getting into physical infrastructure, I guess it was only a matter of time before eBay wanted a piece of the action too. What with eBay itself, Magento and PayPal all in one stable, they are becoming an eCommerce force to reckon with.
Keep you eyes on developments of this service.
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