Just in time for the high holy season of giving and getting packages from far away, on-demand shipping startup Shyp is taking advantage of one of the biggest online outfits in need of delivery for those packages – eBay.
Much like when PayPal first offered a third-party payment system for the the e-commerce site, Shyp hopes to be the third-party shipping provider, with a promise to sellers of no waiting in line at the post office and no assembling and stuffing boxes.
Stamps.com tries to make the first part of that easy for sellers by offering a postage machine in the convenience of their home. eBay also started offering an international shipping program in 2012, but unless the seller uses a drop shipping service, they still have to package and send it off themselves.
eBay buyers rate sellers on the quality and timeliness of their shipments for goods won so Shyp’s new addition could potentially help out sellers, especially around the holiday season.
Exact numbers for how many sellers are currently on the site are scant, but the company reported its most recent gross merchandise volume at $19.6 billion. The potential for Shyp is nothing to sneeze at, should the startup even get a fraction of those sellers profiting from the service.
It’s not unfathomable the startup could extend this service to other e-commerce platforms with individual sellers like Amazon, which doubled its individual merchant numbers last year, or Alibaba – which broke nearly $6 billion in sales during this year’s singles day.
Shyp’s new service works in a similar fashion to the regular service on the app. According to a Shyp post:
- Connect your eBay account in the Shyp app to see an itemized feed of your recently sold items.
- Select the items you’d like to ship.
- Request a pickup and a Shyp worker will be there in 20 minutes to “take care of the rest.”
The eBay integration will continue after the holidays, but is free to sellers till January 31, 2016.