Shiply, the online transport marketplace, has signed an exclusive agreement with eBay Motors UK that will see it become the site’s transport partner.
Like uShip, which entered the UK via its purchase of competitor Boxby last year, Shiply matches those requiring goods to be transported with transport companies that have spare capacity and are heading to the same destination anyway. And by doing so, prices are driven down and it’s a win for the environment. That’s the pitch, anyway.
Shiply, which is the leader in the space in the UK, says that 50% of its business already comes from eBay users, so adding transportation of motor vehicles with prominent placement on the e-auction site should boost leads even more. EBay UK sees around 18 million monthly unique visitors, with a vehicle sold on the site every 30 seconds, apparently.
Launched in 2008, Shiply claims 240,000 users across six European countries, having recently expanded to German, Italy, France, Spain and Holland. Drilling down further, the site currently facilitates more than 8,000 vehicle delivery enquiries per month and has over 20,000 registered delivery firms.