eBay Solves Christmas Countdown for Last-Minute Santas With GiftsNearby – New Local Shopping and Pick-Up Tool
By: eBay Inc. Staff
Integration of Milo Inventory on eBay.com Helps Shoppers Find Great Deals Across Town
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) today announced a new way for last-minute Santas to stock their sleighs with hot holiday gifts, and avoid the Christmas countdown time-crunch. GiftsNearby (giftsnearby.eBay.com) – the first integration of Milo’s local inventory availability onto eBay – simplifies what can be a frantic search during the final days before Christmas by showing shoppers gift options available for pick up at local retailers in their neighborhood.
“As online and offline commerce continue to blur, we continue to introduce innovative ways to help shoppers get the best deals available anytime, anywhere, any way they want them. GiftsNearby has arrived just in time to rescue last-minute shoppers who need the perfect gift – and need it now.”
Plus, through a first-of-its-kind agreement with Best Buy, shoppers who use GiftsNearby and find their perfect gift at a Best Buy store can reserve and purchase it through GiftsNearby, pick it up at their local store, and skip the lines and the stress, earning eBay Bucks in the process.
Available specifically for the homestretch of holiday gifting, GiftsNearby shows shoppers a selection of popular holiday gift options ranging from electronics and other gadgets to home appliances and toys that are available at local retailers in or near their zip code. Only items that are in stock at a selection of more than 25 trusted retailers are offered as gift options, ensuring last-minute Santas can fly out to pick up exactly what they want and know it will be there.
“This holiday season, eBay has moved beyond ecommerce, and become a shopping destination across mobile commerce, social commerce and now, local commerce,” said Christopher Payne, head of eBay North America. “As online and offline commerce continue to blur, we continue to introduce innovative ways to help shoppers get the best deals available anytime, anywhere, any way they want them. GiftsNearby has arrived just in time to rescue last-minute shoppers who need the perfect gift – and need it now.”
For Santas who have run out of time to comparison-shop, GiftsNearby shows local retail prices for each item, directions to the closest store with inventory availability, and an option to browse eBay for the gift.
eBay acquired Milo, a leading local shopping engine that provides access to accurate, local store inventory, on Dec. 2, 2010, and has moved quickly to give the millions of eBay shoppers the benefit of local inventory information. eBay recently added local results from Milo to its RedLaser bar code-scanning application for both Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android, boosting the power of offline and online comparison-pricing for shoppers who are on the go. GiftsNearby marks eBay’s first ecommerce integration with Milo.
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