Online retailer eBay is setting up a brick and mortar store in Wolverhampton, England which will provide small business with the opportunity to sell their merchandise over one month. There will be 40 businesses participating in eBay’s Retail Revival programme which is an experiment to help small companies take better advantage of the opportunities online and harmonise the relationship between local shops and e-commerce. eBay confirmed that business participating in the programme have exceeded 2 million in sales just six months from their inception and have benefited from a range of training programmes provided by eBay. eBay is encouraging other companies to take advantage of its free interactive workshops and training seminars.
Rob Hatterell, Vice President of eBay in the UK states that “The small retailers taking part in Wolverhampton’s retail revival have already shown that physical and online retail can thrive together.