eBay’s similar-day supply service stalls out
Once we checked in on eBay Now final fall, its leaders have been brimming with optimism, saying plans to deliver the identical-day supply choice to 25 extra cities by the top of 2014. Skip ahead to as we speak, nevertheless, and it is apparently a unique story. VentureBeat sources declare that the service is in deep trouble; along with dropping executives and getting rid of first-celebration drivers, eBay Now’s reportedly “blowing a ton of assets” and could also be close to shutting down. Whereas the speedy courier choice has finished nicely throughout busy vacation buying seasons, it reportedly does not have sufficient day-to-day enterprise to remain afloat.
A few of this might be inherent to the enterprise mannequin. The place one thing like Amazon’s similar-day delivery is actually simply one other method to expedite your order, eBay Now’s a “private buying service,” in line with one tipster. Each buyer wants particular remedy consequently, and that is probably not viable underneath the present strategy.
When requested, eBay advised VentureBeat that it was “dedicated to native supply” and nonetheless plans to “check and consider” providers that join shops to consumers of their space. Nevertheless, the corporate provides that it is targeted on supporting eBay Now within the cities the place it operates in the present day, and is not headed to new areas “presently.” The statements do not rule out future enlargement, however you should not rely on eBay’s quick purchasing system reaching your ‘burg any time quickly.