Austin company inks eBay delivery deal

Mar 11, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Online Shipping Marketplace Inc., better known as uShip, has reached an agreement with eBay Inc. to offer delivery options to eBay users

Austin-based uShip will be incorporated across eBay categories that frequently contain larger-than-parcel-sized goods that weigh more than 150 pounds and have buyer-arranged shipping. The service will initially be available for eBay transactions in the U.S. covering vehicles, motorcycles, power sports and boats, with more categories expected to be added in the spring, uShip officials said Monday in a statement

UShip, founded in 2003, hosts Web-based auctions for shippers. It employs about 190 workers, of which 175 are based in Austin

In March 2013, uShip reported receiving a $1.3 million financing from 36 investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has received more than $28 million in venture capital since its launch

Last month, uShip enlisted technology industry veteran Bob Bearden as its chief financial officer, a position previously occupied by co-founder Jay Manickam, who shifted to marketplace analysis and pricing strategy while also overseeing human resources

California-based eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) employs about 651 Austin-area workers in customer support and client services, including an undisclosed number of PayPal Data Services Inc. employees

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