Argos and eBay announced today (July 3) that they have entered an agreement to extend their Click & Collect service to more Argos stores.
The Click & Collect partnership began last September 2013 with a trial of 50 eBay sellers offering a selected range of products for collection in 150 Argos stores. This will now be expanded to 650 stores. Argos expects that by the end of the year, around 65,000 eBay sellers will offer items for collection at Argos, rising to around 80,000 in 2015.
Buyers choose ‘Click & Collect at Argos’ as the delivery option in their eBay checkout and select their most convenient Argos store. Buyers receive a message when their item is ready and collect it at a dedicated point in the store. Eligible sellers will be enrolled in the service and simply need to prepare orders for despatch as normal, with eBay’s technology taking care of the rest.
eBay UK vice president Tanya Lawler said: “Retail has changed and shoppers are in the driving seat like never before. They want to shop anytime, anywhere, on any device – and British shoppers love to Click & Collect. It’s a service that is being rapidly adopted by larger retailers, and this partnership with Argos now gives tens of thousands of sellers the chance to capitalise on Click & Collect, even if they have no high street presence of their own.”
Argos chief operating officer David Robinson commented: “I’m delighted that the operational trial in a number of Argos stores around the UK has been successful. The next stage in the agreement is to have more sellers, more stores and more volume to assess how we can scale this partnership for the benefit of consumers, Argos and eBay. Fulfilment is the next retail battleground and Argos’ unique model is well placed to leverage this.”