eBay Australia has launched a local fulfilment program in partnership with logistics business Orange Connex. 

The program offers eBay sellers with faster delivery options, competitive shipping rates, enhanced seller protection, end-to-end tracking and full eBay integration. 

The first two fulfilment centres will be located in Sydney, with plans to roll out further sites across the country. 

eBay Australia director of shipping Hayat Horma said the launch of the service follows research that found sellers were interested in a fulfilment program. 

"At eBay we understand that housing, managing stock and delivery in tight timeframes can be challenging for growing a business - especially as eCommerce continues to accelerate and consumers expect faster and more seamless experiences.

"Our research reveals three quarters (73%) of Australian businesses believe it’s important marketplaces offer fulfilment services.

"eBay’s priority is to provide the tools that enable our 40,000 Australian retailers to compete and grow; eBay Fulfilment by Orange Connex will provide that - from streamlining the delivery experience to eBay Plus integration that gives sellers more opportunity to showcase their products to eBay’s nearly 12-million unique monthly visitors," she said.

The launch of the Australian service follows the successful rollout in Germany and the UK. 

eBay Australia seller AZAU MD Matthew Ling added the service has already had a significant impact on his business. 

"eBay Fulfilment has been a game changer for our business.

"We do most of our sales through eBay, so seller protection and competitive shipping rates are two of the most important benefits for us.

"We’ve worked with other logistics companies and this is the first time we’ve been able to significantly improve our operations and efficiency," he said. 

In addition to seller benefits, eBay reports that the program will benefit local shoppers, with faster delivery and more eBay Plus items to shop from. 

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