Shutl uses a network of couriers to deliver local items at the fastest possible time. With Shutl, eBay buyers can get their purchased goods within an hour if they happen to be in the same area as the seller.
The service will start in London and will cover 25 additional cities by next year.
According to a post by Shutl founder and CEO Tom Allason, the startup will continue to work with its existing partners in the UK and US, but will fit eBay’s plans and needs into their operations.
The acquisition sees eBay competing with rival companies like Google, Walmart, and Amazon, all of which have also recently launched similar services for their shoppers.
Along with the announcement of the acquisition, eBay has also launched new features on its website. Some of the new features include “collections,” items curated by eBay experts, buyers and sellers, and “curators,” the top trendsetters on the site. The website update also includes more customizable profiles for eBay users, which is a new page called eBay Today, a daily collection of items curated by eBay’s Chief Curator and Editorial Director, and a new “follow” feature that allows users to follow curators, collections, and other eBay users.