Good news for UK eBay users: eBay and Argos have entered an agreement to pick up purchases at about 650 Argos stores.
It is anticipated that at the end of 2014, around 65,000 eBay sellers will offer items for collection at Argos, rising to around 80,000 in 2015.
To enable the feature, buyers simply choose ‘Click and Collect at Argos’ as the delivery option in their eBay checkout and select their most convenient Argos store. Buyers receive a message when their item is ready for collection in their selected Argos point and proceed to a dedicated collection point in the store for “fast and friendly service.” Eligible sellers will be enrolled in the service and simply need to prepare orders for dispatch as normal with eBay taking care of the rest.
Tanya Lawler, UK Vice President, eBay:
“Retail has changed and shoppers are in the driving seat like never before. They want to shop anytime, anywhere, on any device and British shoppers love to Click & Collect. It’s a service being rapidly adopted by larger retailers and this partnership with Argos now gives tens of thousands of sellers the chance to capitalize on Click & Collect, even if they have no high street presence of their own.”
David Robinson, Argos Chief Operating Officer:
“I’m delighted the operational trial in a number of Argos stores around the UK has been successful. The next stage in the agreement is to have more sellers, more stores and more volume to assess how we can scale this partnership for the benefit of consumers, Argos and eBay. Fulfillment is the next retail battleground and Argo’s unique model is well placed to leverage this.”