The new, free service will allow users of the e-commerce platform BigCommerce (which provides the backend tech that powers online stores) to also list and manage their inventory on the eBay marketplace. Merchants will not have to manually go into eBay to update information like price and product description, as this will all by synced through the BigCommerce control panel. Merchants can also create bulk listings on eBay and streamline order fulfillment and management.
This will save merchants time and bring them to the attention of eBay’s 162 million global active buyers. At the same time, it stands to add more selection to eBay’s offerings. BigCommerce currently works with an estimated 60,000 merchants.
Ebay — which was once the yard sale of the digital generation, but now also now sells new items at a fixed price — will charge its standard fee structure per transaction.
Ebay North America senior vice president Hal Lawton said BigCommerce merchants will have the ability to deliver “the best choice and selection of inventory to buyers globally. We’re steadfast in our efforts to provide merchants of all sizes the tools and platform to drive their businesses and brands in a scalable, frictionless manner within today’s multichannel environment.”
The partnership is set to begin in beta testing this July, but BigCommerce clients can currently sign up to be notified when the service becomes available.
This integration is the first partnership of this kind for BigCommerce, which is the only e-commerce platform to automatically integrate with eBay. It also gives retailers, which count eBay as an important channel, an incentive to work with BigCommerce.