eBay retires stand-alone, similar-day supply apps
When eBay Now first surfaced two years in the past, it appeared within the guise of an iOS app that promised similar-day supply for merchandise bought by native shops. The service managed to select up some steam (or no less than that is what firm execs led us to consider) however after a burst of dangerous information over the summer time, eBay’s grand app experiment has lastly bit the mud. Over the weekend, the corporate quietly pulled the eBay Now app from its spots within the iOS and Android app shops, a flip of occasions that Reuters referred to as nicely forward of time. Do not fret, although! The factor is, eBay Now’s coronary heart nonetheless beats — it is simply being transplanted into a unique physique.
You see, as an alternative of ticking away inside the context of a totally distinct eBay service with its personal app, eBay’s making an attempt to convey that target tremendous-quick deliveries to the web site and cellular apps it is already nurturing. So far as eBay can inform, their clients would a lot relatively purchase issues on-line and decide them up from a bodily retailer (like, say a Toys “R” Us) relatively than simply shell out a further $5 for somebody to courier it to them. We marvel simply how true that really is, however actually: who might blame them for bailing out of similar-day deliveries? They’re operationally costly and logistically difficult. And who might overlook that Google and Amazon — two gargantuan corporations with loopy assets to dedicate to researching logistical supremacy — have sunk loads of time into fleshing out their similar-day supply ambitions and neither of them are nonetheless fairly the place they need to be.