Ebay have been focussing on supporting brands, distributors and sellers onto their platform especially in DIY/Building Materials/Bathroom and now kitchen categories as the demand for these products is out-stripping available inventory on the ebay platform.
Full support is given from ebay to onboard onto the platform with bespoke solutions available for every business. Third party solutions are available if needed, for listing creation, day to day running of the store, to logistics and customer service.
A more recent focus has been around sustainability looking at helping suppliers/brands to move their dead stock – this can be anything from premium stock but end of line, open box returns, damaged boxes, damaged product, refurbished and even broken – for spare parts. Ebay have a number of partners they work with who can take the stock away and sell it, producing the maximum yield possible.
The idea is that ebay will reduce (hopefully eliminate) the need for landfill – which is great for all concerned. The ebay customer is very receptive to seconds/refurbished stock as their business was essentially built to recycle goods. The refurb model is very mature on ebay for tech products but they saw an opportunity for Home & Garden. They already work with key brands such as Bosch, Dewalt, Triton and Einhell and are extending this portfolio quickly.