eBay have today published a Business Seller Update. There’s nothing that will directly change the way that you sell and manage your business, but rather enhancements to assist you to fulfil orders, measure traffic and the inevitable category and item specifics updates.
eBay Fulfilment by Orange Connex gets a slew of updates with the most interesting being the introduction of Sunday deliveries and a later last shipping cut off time of 6pm (two hours later than the previous 4pm).
eBay are changing how listing page views are counted to exclude bots such as search engines and also switching to a 30 day count rather than a lifetime listing page view count.
New mandatory Item Specifics are coming to four categories in July this year, and will be available for sellers to voluntarily update from mid-May. eBay have also given notice that as they work with experts to tailor each category, there will be some category changes and the way some attributes are named to better meet shoppers requirements.
In some ways, this is a Seller update that you could largely ignore as it’s pretty much business as usual for most sellers. However, it’s well worth digging into the detail, considering trialling eBay fulfilment and of course if you sell in the categories where Item Specifics are changing then you’ll be obliged to spend time updating your listings by early summer.