eBay And Argos Strike 'Click & Collect' Deal
eBay and Argos have joined forces to offer a "Click & Collect" service as retailers rush to cash in on the growth of online shopping.
At least 50 merchants using the online marketplace will participate in a trial of the service, which will enable eBay customers to collect their goods from a choice of 150 Argos stores.
The companies said the trial - which is expected to last six months - would deliver what customers wanted in terms of choice, convenience and speed as a study reported a continuing decline in store numbers on the UK's high streets.
Its statement cited research from Econsultancy that 40% of UK shoppers used some form of Click & Collect service over Christmas 2012.
Devin Wenig, the president of eBay said: "At eBay we continue to find new ways to connect buyers and sellers.
"Traditional retail isn't going away, it is transforming. Smart retailers are innovating, re-imagining the store and what it means to shop."
John Walden, managing director of Argos added: "Few companies move as many products as effectively as Argos through a national network of local stores, served by friendly and well-trained colleagues.
"Having pioneered Click & Collect in the year 2000, it now accounts for around a third of our business and continues to grow.
"eBay, an innovator in digital and leading online marketplace connecting sellers and consumers, is already a strong partner with Argos and a logical partner for the trial."