eBay.co.uk today announces that Mike Pitt has joined the online marketplace as Director of Shipping and Logistics, the month its Global Shipping Programme (GSP) has taken its millionth order and expanded in to new markets.
Pitt joins from Javelin Group, Europe’s leading strategy and retail consultancy, where he advised leading global retailers on their omnichannel operations strategies. His twenty year career also spans Waitrose, where he was Head of Online Operations and third party logistics company, Gist.
Pitt’s role is pivotal in providing convenient, low cost shipping choices. This includes opening up international trade options through the GSP where up to 10,000 UK sellers a day are taking advantage of a service designed to make selling internationally, as easy as selling domestically. Pitt will also focus on the online marketplace’s collections through Argos, reducing the cost of deliveries and making it simpler to return items when necessary.
The service, launched last autumn, sees sellers send items to a UK Shipping Centre managed by Pitney Bowes, a global leader in logistics and postage, without incurring international delivery costs or import charges, which are then displayed and communicated to buyers on their listings instead. This has allowed sellers who were not used to selling abroad to easily expand their buyers’ reach with no change compared to their normal domestic processes.
Tanya Lawler: vice president eBay marketplaces in the UK said: ‘There are 25 million businesses and consumers selling on eBay worldwide and we expect to enable $300 billion of global commerce this year alone. Mike’s love of our brand and expertise in omnichannel operations and logistics makes him an important senior addition to the eBay team at a time when we’ve invested in opening up great new opportunities for our sellers to reach buyers worldwide.’
NOTES TO EDITORS
eBay delivers one of the world’s largest online marketplaces to customers via any connected device, connecting people with the things they need and love. Founded in 1995 and opening in the UK in 1999, eBay has more than 18 million unique visitors per a month in the UK and Ireland. Around 70% of listings are for new, fixed-price items and the UK site is home to more than 100 high street brands and retailers.
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