We were wondering what would happen to eBay’s grand plans to create a nationwide fulfilment network when the news broke that Sainsbury’s were to acquire eBay’s partner Argos. Now we know, Sainsbury’s are going ahead to expand and grow eBay’s Click and Collect at Argos with the launch of 200 newly-designed digital Click & Collect points in stores across the UK.
The digital collection points for Argos’s exclusive Click & Collect partnership eBay will launch in Sainsbury’s Click & Collect stores. Customers will be able to pick up their Tu clothing, eBay and DPD parcel deliveries from Sainsbury’s stores and 30 Sainsbury’s Click & Collect points will also offer Argos online collection.
Tablets will be available in all the new Click & Collect points to enable customers to ‘check in’ digitally, which will significantly speed up the time it takes from arriving in store to receiving parcels for collection.
Tanya Lawler, UK Vice President, eBay, who envisioned the partnership with Argos said: “We know that shoppers love to Click and Collect. Building upon our exclusive Click and Collect partnership with Argos, by establishing 200 further collection points in Sainsbury’s stores, means even greater choice and convenience for shoppers”.
eBay also have a click and drop service with Argos, enabling consumers selling on the site to conveniently send parcels at a reasonable cost to anywhere in the UK. Coupled with eBay’s Global Shipping Program, this has the potential to allow a consumer to post a parcel to over 100 countries around the world.