Mercent Retail and eBay Large Merchant Services

By Chris Dawson November 26, 2008 - 6:08 pm

eBay have launched a new set of APIs to build Large Merchant Services (LMS) specifically designed to meet the integration needs of Large Merchant sellers. With the push towards recruiting Diamond PowerSellers existing tools simply don’t scale well for 10s or 100s of 1000s of listings.

The developers announcement makes rather dry reading, but today we spoke to Eric Best, CEO of Mercent who gave a greater insight as to how LMS can benefit sellers.

Mercent specialise in solutions to optimize performance across multiple online marketing channels including marketplaces such as Amazon and, comparison shopping engines and paid search. With their new deployment using LMS they have launched catalog merchandising and order integration software for high-volume eBay sellers.

SmartBargains a division of Retail Convergence, Inc, is Mercent’s first client to launch on eBay using Mercent Retail integrated with eBay’s Large Merchant Services APIs and have already started to list their catalogue on eBay.

One of the biggest differentiators that Mercent offer is full integration with existing back office systems. Other channel management systems typically combine marketplaces, shopping comparison and paid search activities but all orders are managed through the third parties software interface.

Mercent act as middleware to connect existing infrastructure such as SAP systems directly to eBay and other marketplaces. This means any eBay orders are processed through LMS by Mercent and are pushed directly into the warehouse for picking/packing as well as updating finance systems for invoicing. For retail catalogue sellers this is the solution they need to make large scale trading on eBay achievable and manageable with thousands of product lines.

Mercent Retail for eBay are making it easier than ever to launch a high-volume, fixed-price, multiple-quantity seller presence on eBay. Don’t be surprised to see more large catalogue sellers launching on eBay in the near future, as the technology is now in place, through LMS, to make managing large scale eBay operations possible.

  • northumbrian
    13 years ago

    not much comment ont this thread everyone is Vat obsessed,

    though this could have a long term, ebay changing, major effect on every ebay seller

  • Mark T
    13 years ago

    Are we seeing the new Ebay?


  • 13 years ago

    Smartbargains listings have jumped from 500 to over 1600, looks like they are starting to slowly ramp up their listings.

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