Pallet truck specialists looking forward to potential commerce crossover

There’s no denying that the retail landscape is changing. As the world races towards a more digitally-focussed mind-set, consumers expect much more from retailers. Which is why it has come as no surprise to Midland Pallet Trucks, one of the country’s premier providers of pallet and pump trucks to a range of sectors, that multinational e-commerce site, eBay, is considering opening pop-up stores in Sainsbury’s outlets.

Online sales currently make up around 14 percent of overall sales in the UK – and that number is growing every year. In fact, this signals a 2 percent increase on the same time last year. However despite many predicting that the high street is dying, the fact there is still a considerable percentage of sales made in shops is drawing traditional online retailer out onto the high street.

Phil Chesworth Director of Midland Pallet Trucks, said, “There’s no denying that eBay has taken the world by storm. Completely overhauling the way we shop, it is one of the most visited ecommerce websites on the internet. However although consumers are used to purchasing online now, some do still feel the need to physically see and touch an item before making a purchase. eBay is really leading the way with this new idea, and I think it will only be a matter of time before others follow suit.”

According to sources, the online giant is looking into the possibilities of opening either pop ups or click and collect points at some Sainsbury’s estates. Coming as the supermarket continues its acquisition of the Home Retail Group, which is the parent company of Argos, it ties into the idea that some Argos outlets will become concessions within some of Sainsbury's larger stores.

With 162 million registered users and 25 million sellers, eBay is one of the largest C2C platforms on the internet. However the company already has an established partnership in place with Argos. Allowing UK sellers to drop off sold products at its brand's stores for either buyers to collect or for Argos to deliver, the two have been working hand in hand for some time. eBay has also already experimented with pop up shops prior to this. The ecommerce company hit the headlines and provided consumers a vision of social commerce of the future when it opened a handful of shops in London in 2012.

Pallet truck specialists looking forward to potential commerce crossover

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