In an effort to keep up with Amazon, rivals like Walmart and eBay are trying to make changes to their services by introducing new programs.
Last January, Walmart announced a free two-day shipping on more than 2 million items, ditching its old service called “ShippingPass” that charged $49/year in exchange for free shipping. After that, news about Walmart testing out a “just walk out” shopping experience also came out – a program that is very similar to Amazon Go.
Today, eBay launched “Guaranteed Delivery,” a new service that offers shoppers a three-day shipping on millions of eligible listings. No subscription fees required.
“While the majority of items on eBay already ship within 3 days or less, as well as for free, Guaranteed Delivery will give shoppers even faster delivery options and the confidence that their items will arrive on time,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of North America at eBay.
On top of that, the online marketplace also revamped its home page to offer customers a more personalized shopping experience. Instead of requiring shoppers to “follow” products and sellers, the homepage will now feature stacked horizontal image carousels to show product recommendations curated by eBay’s algorithms – just like Netflix.
The relaunched homepage is already out today but the “Guaranteed Delivery” will not be available in the US until this summer.