The eBay sign.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
If the Israel’s postal service is known for anything, it’s not its innovative or service- oriented ways. That may be changing.
On Wednesday, the national mail delivery service and eBay announced a cooperation agreement, which will help Israeli sellers easily print labels and send packages abroad.
Then, for no extra charge, a courier will come and collect the package from the seller’s home or office, cutting out the long post office lines and inconvenient opening hours.
The new platform, which was jointly developed by the two companies, will be presented in Tel Aviv on Thursday, at the Go eCommerce convention for online sellers.
For eBay, the partnership has obvious benefits; it makes it easier for Israelis to sell their products on their site. Israelis already sell products on average every 5 seconds on the site, with the most popular destinations being the United States, Canada, Germany, France and Australia.
But for Israel Post, the benefits may be even more important. It estimates that within four years, online orders will account for 35 percent of its revenues.
“The cooperation with eBay is strategic and necessary, and will allow us to offer the growing online commerce community a variety of tools that will help them sell their products all over the world,” said Israel Post CEO Dan Goldstein.
The postal service also said it was lowering prices for some of its shipping options that include tracking packages and free home or office pick-up.
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