A new service from eBay and Argos will allow online sellers to drop off products at their nearest Argos outlet to be packed and shipped for them.
This strategy could potentially save online sellers and marketplace spending hefty delivery charges.
The ‘click and drop’ service, which is currently on trial, is set to be introduced into selected Argos stores around the UK, reports the Telegraph.
If the trial proves to be successful, it will be spread out across 700 Argos stores.
The partnership is apparently a first for eBay, with its head of marketplace business Devin Wenig saying that the etailer has chosen the UK market as the ‘click and collect’ strategy has seen more success here than anywhere else in the world.
No financial details were shared by either company, however they did say that the first 50 merchants who will use the service will be revealed next month.
PCR has contacted Argos parent Home Retail Group for specifics including pricing details, and will update this story when we hear back.
It’s not the first time the pair have struck a deal – in September 2013 they announced an Argos/eBay click and collect service which was later rolled out nationwide.
In related news: Argos was hit by a dip in like-for-like sales during the eight weeks ending February 28th, partly due to a ‘difficult consumer electronics market.