eBay Planning New Shipping Service to Challenge Rival Amazon

eBay is launching a service to deliver orders more quickly and cheaply, the company’s latest effort to be more appealing to shoppers and sellers as well as compete with Amazon.com.

eBay is not planning to build its own warehouse network like Amazon. Instead, it will use the collective volume of its sellers – about 1.5 million packages a day in the US – to negotiate discounts with logistics partners it declined to name for warehouse space, packing and delivery. The goal is to let eBay merchants store inventory in warehouses around the US so products can be delivered in two or three days at competitive rates. eBay plans to roll out its “Managed Delivery” service in 2020 and will run it on behalf of merchants through its own technology platform.

The company hopes to peel some business away from Fulfillment by Amazon, which is currently used by some eBay merchants. The new service will be cheaper than Amazon’s, and eBay will take responsibility for products lost or damaged in shipping, which is currently the seller’s responsibility. eBay conducted trials of the new service earlier this year in the US, Germany, and the UK.

“We’re offering our millions of sellers a value proposition no one else can,” said Chief Executive Officer Devin Wenig. “We’ll rapidly win market share overseeing delivery of our own orders.”

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Amazon Plans to Launch 3,236 Internet Satellites, to Take on Elon Musk’s SpaceX

Amazon asked for US permission to launch 3,236 communications satellites, joining a new space race to offer internet service from low orbits and challenge the fleet planned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.


Amazon in a July 4 filing told the Federal Communications Commission its Kuiper satellites will deliver broadband to tens of millions of consumers and businesses that now lack adequate access to the internet. The agency coordinates trajectories and radio-frequency use.


The FCC already has approved nearly 13,000 low-Earth orbit satellites. Those include 11,943 for Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which launched an initial batch of 60 spacecraft in May.


At low-Earth orbit — altitudes of 112 to 1,200 miles (or about 180 to 2,000 kilometers) — satellites need to race around the globe to stay aloft, completing orbits in as little as 90 minutes. As one moves toward the horizon it will hand off signal duties to the next satellite coming by. Many satellites are needed if continuous, widespread coverage is the goal.


Amazon in its FCC application said its satellites would operate at altitudes of about 370-to-390 miles (590-to-630 kilometers).