Shoppers searching for a product on eBay will now be told
whether they can buy that item at local stores, the company announced March 31.
The e-commerce giant’s new “local shopping” tab will check a
product’s availability and price at nearby brick-and-mortar retailers. The results are powered by local search
engine Milo, which eBay
purchased in December. Milo currently lists products from approximately
“We’re also exposing the inventory of small entrepreneurs—who
may be invisible on the web right now—to more than 94 million active users of
the eBay marketplace,” said Dane Glasgow, eBay’s vice president of global product
management, in a statement.
EBay is also introducing new software from Milo that helps
small- to mid-size retailers integrate their offline merchandise onto Milo. More
information is available at ebay.com/local.
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