Ebay partners with delivery company
Delivery service Sendle has partnered with Australia’s largest e-commerce marketplace, Ebay, to make it easier for smaller sellers to ship their orders to customers.
As of yesterday, 40,000 small business sellers on Ebay can link their accounts directly with Sendle to instantly create shipping labels and receive access to low, flat-rate pricing. This includes door-to-door service with free pickup and free order tracking.
Ebay sellers can also access Sendle Premium for free. This provides an extra $1 off standard pricing and allows merchants to ship 500g satchels for only $6.95.
To launch the partnership, Sendle is offering to ship the first item for free for 25,000 Ebay sellers who create an account.
The partnership with Ebay marks a major milestone for Sendle, which has recently announced a number of high profile e-commerce partnerships, including Neto, Shopify, Etsy, Hard to Find and Carousell.
Speaking to Internet Retailing, Sendle co-founder and CEO James Chin Moody said that while the delivery company’s priority is to take the pain out of shipping for small businesses, it must also meet changing consumer demands.
“The industry is shifting towards faster delivery, which is a great thing for consumers. We want to make sure our sellers are part of that trend, and that is what we want to be doing in future,” he said.
“We’re looking at everything. When you look at delivery, there are a couple options – domestic, international, keep the price down or make it fast. As we evolve and mature, we’re looking at all those things. What we don’t want to do is launch something without first working out how to do it perfectly.”
When asked whether Sendle would consider integrating with Amazon in future, Moody said it was a possibility.
“We want to go where sellers go. If that’s where they go, that’s an option, but it’s too early to tell. At the moment, the place [sellers] go is Ebay.”
According to Moody, Sendle now has tens of thousands of sellers on its platform and has done over a billion kilometres of parcel delivery, which equates to three times to the sun and back.