EBay tie-up with shops in Mid­lands

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

ON­LINE gi­ant eBay is launch­ing a part­ner­ship with a city aimed at sup­port­ing lo­cal re­tail­ers and boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy.

One of the aims of the tie-up with Wolver­hamp­ton is to show that on­line and high street re­tail can co-ex­ist.

The part­ner­ship fol­lows re­search for eBay which found that one in four small re­tail­ers does not have an on­line pres­ence.

Rob Hat­trell, vice pres­i­dent of eBay in the UK said: “We know that cus­tomer shop­ping be­hav­iour is chang­ing, but on­line should play an im­por­tant part in help­ing busi­nesses in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to thrive.

“I’ve seen that Wolver­hamp­ton busi­nesses have the cre­ativ­ity matched with the en­tre­pre­neur­ial skill to cre­ate prod­ucts needed and wanted all over the world – and eBay will help them to sell in the way they want to on­line.”

City of Wolver­hamp­ton Coun­cil leader Roger Lawrence said: “I’m de­lighted a global brand like eBay has cho­sen to work with us on an ini­tia­tive which is the first of its kind in the UK.

“We value our small re­tail­ers and look for­ward to pro­vid­ing sup­port to them in the wake of a chal­leng­ing na­tional re­tail cli­mate af­fected by changes in con­sumer be­hav­iour and the econ­omy.

“It is an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme that will help busi­nesses with their dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and sales skills, giv­ing them a solid plat­form for sus­tain­able growth.”

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