UPDATED: eBay has Acquired WHI Solutions
By: Richard Brewer-Hay
eBay Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of WHI Solutions and I’m excited to officially welcome the WHI team to eBay.
What does this mean for buyers?
We believe buyers can benefit from WHI’s world class catalog, which provides eBay with the foundation to expand our catalog from auto replacement parts to specialty equipment, racing performance and vintage parts to meet the needs of the automotive enthusiast.
What does this mean for sellers?
WHI makes it easier for sellers to list inventory, automatically populating listing fields including description, image and vehicle application data using WHI’s world class ecatalog, which has millions of SKUs.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Original post from 2/21/12
With the innovative team and technology of WHI, eBay gains expanded selection and access to enhanced structured data which we believe will enable eBay Motors to improve parts selection and value for customers while enabling parts retailers, distributors, dealers, and manufacturers to reach more customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
I’m a fairly stereotypical guy for the most part… I like my beer, my sports, and my action movies. Having said that, I’ve never been much of a gearhead and – in full disclosure – my wife is the one who has negotiated the price of both of my previously owned vehicles. From what I can tell, and I’ve been paying closer and closer attention to it lately, eBay Motors makes it pretty simple to find parts for cars – whether you’re a car enthusiast or not – and the integration of WHI seems to further emphasize that ease of use.
With WHI, eBay plans to expand its catalog – from auto replacement parts to specialty equipment – to meet the needs of the eBay customer. In addition to the catalog benefits for eBay Motors buyers, sellers will also enjoy a better experience with an easier way to list inventory, with automatically populating listing fields including description, image and vehicle application data using WHI’s catalog of millions of SKUs.
The plan is for WHI’s talent, technology and client base to be smoothly integrated into the eBay Motors ecosystem. WHI offices will remain in New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles at this time.