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eBay and Argos extend collection and drop-off delivery partnership

eBay and Argos are extending their partnership which offers customers the opportunity to drop off and collect eBay packages at Argos stores.

The fulfilment partnership makes its easier and more cost effective for businesses and customers to transact on eBay.

As part of the contract, eBay will roll-out a national parcel drop-off service which allows eBay sellers in the UK to drop off sold items at Argos stores across the country. The click & drop scheme began with a pilot earlier this year in ten Argos stores and will now roll-out to 150 before the end of this year. Further stores will offer the service over the next year.

Argos and eBay have also extended their click & collect programme which began as a small pilot in late 2013.

Since the pilot, eBay and Argos have collected over three million parcels from 800 Argos stores, sold on behalf of 200,000 businesses selling on eBay.

Tanya Lawler, UK vice president for eBay, said: "In 1995 eBay disrupted shopping by creating a commerce platform powered by customers. Our continued success is all about listening and responding to customers’ needs – and we know that they expect ever more convenience, choice and value. Our ambition with this deal is to grow and establish some of the most exciting and innovative fulfilment services in the UK. The eBay and Argos partnership further dissolves the lines between digital and traditional retail."

David Robinson, chief operating officer, Argos, added: "Argos invented click and collect in the UK, and recently added to its record of innovation by introducing FastTrack Collection and FastTrack Delivery – market leading fulfilment services for the online shopper. The ability for customers to get their purchases quickly, easily and locally has become the new retail battleground. 

"With over 800 stores and a friendly face on every high street, we are ideally placed to attract eBay’s business and consumer customers to use our unique store network. This deal reaffirms and builds on the successful and deepening relationship between our businesses."