eBay UK’s Global Shipping Programme passes million parcel milestone

eBay’s Global Shipping Programme (GSP) has enabled one million parcels to be shipped overseas as of this month, eBay reports. Launched last autumn, it has clearly proved popular. Have you taken advantage?

We like GSP. It means that sellers only offering domestic shipping options can sell to buyers abroad. The buyers pay an additional shipping fee determined by eBay and sellers can simply send their despatches to a UK location and get protection on defects too. Read up about it here.

The Global Shipping Programme means UK sellers send items to a shipping centre in the UK managed by Pitney Bowes. They handle everything else required to send the item to the buyer including managing customs, international delivery costs and import charges.

Overseas buyers see all domestic and international shipping charges upfront as a single amount during checkout so there are no unexpected charges to buyers when their purchase is delivered.

eBay notes that 10k buyers every day are buying from UK sellers using GSP.

And we expect eBay to develop the service because they’ve hired a new Director of Shipping and Logistics, Mike Pitt.

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.

Tanya Lawler, head of eBay UK says: “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.”

We look forward to hearing more from him in due course.