The eBay Now iPhone app got a boost today with new payment options, a visual redesign, and improved search. In the coming weeks, though, the same-day delivery service available within the app will expand to more locations – and Android.
The eBay Now app debuted in the App Store in October, offering delivery to the San Francisco area. It has since launched in parts of New York and San Jose, and will expand in San Francisco and the Big Apple in the coming weeks. Starting this summer, it will also be available in Chicago and Dallas.
Delivery, run via partnerships with hundreds of local retailers, is also available via eBay’s mobile website, and will be on Android “in the coming weeks,” eBay said today.
“With the latest app update, we’ve made it even easier for consumers in our markets to find what they want from their local stores, and get it delivered anywhere in about an hour,” Dane Glasgow, vice president of eBay mobile and local, said in a statement.
In the middle of a DIY project at home, and realize you’re missing paint, nails, or gardening tools? Just open eBay Now to shop Home Depot’s virtual shelves, and have it delivered.
Among the participating retailers are GNC, Toys ‘R Us/Babies ‘R Us, Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, Walgreens, The Home Depot, Best Buy, Guitar Center, RadioShack, Office Depot, Free People, and Target. Since most consumers still shop at brick-and-mortar stores — about 75 percent of which are within 15 miles of their home — eBay Now simply provides another channel for merchants and customers to interact, eBay said.
In New York, eBay Now delivery is available in Manhattan up to 125th Street and along the western rim of Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint). EBay said the service will expand to Queens and other parts of Brooklyn, though it did not specify where. Delivery will also extend to the Bay Area peninsula.
Delivery is most popular between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., eBay said, when people are usually at work, and may have realized they need a phone charger or forgot their sneakers before an evening run.
“EBay Now helps consumers prepare for their weekends, as Fridays are consistently one of the most popular shopping days,” the company said. “With the aid of services like eBay Now, local shopping is easier and more convenient than ever.”
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag