Starting today, eBay is introducing a new feature designed to streamline your shopping experience: curated collections. Basically, curators handpick products from eBay's database and arrange them into collections; as part of the initial push, the company is including a few relatively big names among its list of "expert curators" like Solange Knowles, Pharrell Williams and Kelly Oxford, with the best of the best featured on the new eBay Today page. You'll also be able to customize your profile by following your favorite collections, users and interests. Additionally, eBay announced in-store pickup for select retailers (only Toys R Us and Best Buy to start) and the expansion of its same-day delivery service, eBay Now, to 25 markets by the end of 2014, including Chicago, Dallas and London. And if you're as busy as a bee, you'll be happy to know that scheduled delivery is coming at some point in the near future. For more info, check out the press release after the break.
eBay Brings Together the Best of Shopping with Significant Marketplace Enhancements and Expanded Local Capabilities
Company Launches Collections, Follow and Curators on eBay.com;
Intends to Expand eBay Now to 25 Markets in 2014
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As technology continues to change the way people shop, eBay today introduced a set of new features that make browsing and buying on eBay more personalized and inspiring. The company also announced a series of steps it is taking to accelerate its efforts in local commerce, including plans to extend its popular eBay Now delivery service to 25 markets by the end of 2014, including Chicago, which launches today.
"Shopping on eBay is unlike shopping anywhere else – it's a place to discover things you love and things you never knew you needed. Now, anyone can create their own collection on eBay and fill it with all their dream items."
"The world is changing, with the lines between online and offline commerce blurring and the expectations of buyers and sellers rising rapidly," said Devin Wenig, president of eBay Marketplaces. "With eBay's latest steps, we are bringing together the best of what people need from a shopping experience – speed and convenience – with things people love about shopping, like discovery and inspiration."
In recent years, traditional commerce and online commerce have begun to merge. Today, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of consumers in the U.S.1 and one-third globally2 use multiple channels to shop. At the same time, due to advancements in technology, consumers' expectations of trusted and engaging shopping experiences have risen dramatically. With eBay's mobile leadership, vast selection and improved fulfillment capabilities, the company is in a unique position to partner with retailers to address these converging trends.
"eBay is a technology company; we understand that retailers, brands and sellers of all sizes need a new set of solutions to deliver the kinds of experiences consumers expect in today's environment," continued Wenig. "We're making fundamental changes to our business that put us in a position to be the right partner for merchants and the best place for people to shop – anytime, anywhere and on any device."
New Marketplace Experience
eBay is blending the dependability of search with the inspiration of browse for its 124 million active users by introducing the following features:
Collections: groups of products that have been hand-selected from eBay's more than 500 million listed items by expert curators, eBay buyers, and sellers
Curators: top trendsetters across a variety of interest areas, who create beautiful collections on eBay to help easily connect you with items you'll love
Follow: a simple, one-click way for you to personalize your feed by following the collections, curators, eBay users, and interests that inspire you
Profiles: a customizable page - for both buyers and sellers - where you can share information about yourself, the collections you've created, and the interests, collections, and people you follow
eBay Today: a new page on eBay that helps you easily discover the very best collections of items on eBay, selected daily by eBay's Chief Curator and Editorial Director
Michael Phillips Moskowitz, eBay's new Chief Curator and Editorial Director, will oversee the eBay Today destination, providing a daily view of some of the site's most interesting items and the stories behind them. His inspiration will be available alongside a roster of more than 200 curators across a wide range of interests – from Pharrell Williams and Solange Knowles to Todd Selby and Kelly Oxford. These curators will be creating a dynamic set of collections to intrigue and inspire shoppers.
On his role as curator, Pharrell Williams said: "Shopping on eBay is unlike shopping anywhere else – it's a place to discover things you love and things you never knew you needed. Now, anyone can create their own collection on eBay and fill it with all their dream items."
eBay's 200 curators include notable personalities such as:
Alexandra Cousteau Andrea Linett Ashley Avignon
Benjamin Clymer Billy Farrell Brian Walton
Cecilia Dean Chris Benz Chrissie Miller
Darcy Miller Eddie Borgo Graham Hill
Janie Bryant Jauretsi Jen Atkin
Jeremiah Brent Jon Rose Justin Bell
Kelly Oxford Lucy Sykes Pharrell Williams
Richard Rawlings Ryan Block Solange Knowles
Tenzin Wild Todd Selby Veronica Belmont
"There are few destinations like this. The new eBay offers an intuitive browsing experience, selected from one of the world's largest shopping inventories, that is instantly shoppable and backed by one of the most recognized names in commerce," said Wenig. "eBay offers an inspired way to discover interesting items, see the personal stories behind them, and make the items yours instantly."
To learn more about eBay's new site features, please visit ebay.com/followitfindit.
Last October, eBay introduced eBay Now, a service available through iPhone, Android and desktop web that allows shoppers to have products from local stores delivered in as little as an hour. eBay Now is one element in a larger strategy to advance eBay's capabilities in local commerce, and help retailers take advantage of technology to reach more customers and increase sales.
"Today, approximately 75 percent of what people buy is local, found within 15 miles from their home," said Wenig. "Traditional retail isn't going away. But it is transforming, and that creates enormous opportunity within the $10 trillion total commerce market."
eBay's new local commerce initiatives include:
eBay Now: The company plans to expand the eBay Now service to 25 markets by the end of 2014, including major metro areas in North America, including Chicago today and Dallas later this year, and select international markets, including London in early 2014.
Shutl: The company has announced its agreement to acquire Shutl, a marketplace that uses a network of couriers to deliver local goods that same day. The company believes that the acquisition of Shutl's technology, talent and expertise will help eBay to reach its goal of expanding its local delivery capabilities.
In-Store Pickup: In keeping with eBay's commitment to enable shoppers to choose how, where and when they receive purchases, customers can also now buy online at eBay.com and pick-up in local stores. This service is available today for Toys "R" Us and Best Buy, with more retailers coming soon.
Scheduled Delivery: Soon, eBay will be releasing scheduled delivery for eBay Now, enabling customers to buy something on their mobile phone, pick a time that works for their schedule, and have their items delivered to them then.
Now on eBay.com: The company also plans to offer eBay Now same-day delivery for local goods on eBay.com, bringing the speed and convenience of eBay Now to cities where the eBay Now service is live.
For more information, images and video related to this announcement, please visit eBayInc.com.