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eBay is Rolling Out its Modified Mobile App for both iOS and Android Users

eBay is Rolling Out its Modified Mobile App for both iOS and Android Users

In order to enhance its customers experience eBay, the american retailer, is finally launching its modified mobile app with three new and different channels.

In order to redesign its brand identity and enhance its selling and shopping experience EBAY is introducing its modified mobile app for both android and iOS users.

Initially, the eBay app that was provided on iOS, Android and web apps had different interface; this is the first time the e-commerce giant is giving its users a single experience on all the devices. The Director of Products at eBay, David Breach stated that the reason why all the interfaces on android, iOS and web were different because all these platforms were launched introduced and updated at different schedule and time. The new app basically is divided into three segments or channels which are buying, selling and activity trafficking, these channels simplify the tasks that will be carried on the app, according to eBay latest updates.

In the shop function, the multinational corporation will be providing its users with deals and a selection of categories so that customers can browse through them; this will make their experience easy and will help them find the products that they are looking for. The list of inventory on the app is about 800 million products. Previously, the discovery tools were all on the app’s home screen now any such thing is present on the Shop Channel.

As for the sell function, deals are made and finalize there. On the sell option, a user can upload pictures and information regarding an item that they want to sell on the app. This function is more or less the same as it was on the original and previous app. The new addition to the sell function is eBay’s valet service. This lets you list the items that you want to sell on the app.

On the final function, which is the activity trafficking function, the users are able to track their purchases, the items that they have put in their wish lists or even their watch lists items. Users can even provide information on the merchandise that they are selling. Initially this channel was called ‘My eBay’ on which the users could track their spending and vending behavior. Currently, the app does not need any personalization. In the shop channel users can choose their preferences according to which they will see the items in the categories.

The home screen app is by default open to the channel that you were last on while using the app, so if you were selling a product or buying a product on the eBay app, the person will see that specific option first. The director further stated that in the future, he will try to make the app experience more tailored. The firm is making improvements to the web app as well which will enhance the user experience further. The company has not yet announced when it will be launching it though.

 

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Ebay, Technology

 

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eBay And Alibaba Under Scrutiny Over Alleged Involvement In Iranian Nuclear Program

eBay And Alibaba Under Scrutiny Over Alleged Involvement In Iranian Nuclear Program

 

UN officials suspect that Iranian officials bypassed the sanctions by purchasing banned supplies online.

As world leaders and Iran go head to head in critical negotiations ahead of the June 30th deadline to seal the final nuclear deal, the UN says that help is needed from e commerce giants, such as Alibaba Group Holding and eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY), to ensure that online transactions are being strictly monitored to ban items from reaching suspicious recipients. However, this is not as easy as it seems.

Although UN officials had suspected this for long, they had only become known when Iran and the five major world powers had reached an interim agreement. They want to make sure that tight enforcement on online sales is maintained so that, in the event that nuclear talks fail, Iran does not go for resuming its nuclear drive, which it had promised to do. 21st century smugglers are smart enough to circumvent outdated controls on online shopping.

In addition, US officials are hesitant to enforce restrictions on illegal online sale transactions, as there is no international treaty that sets guidelines on how to regulate the dark side of illegal online trading.

Both, Alibaba and eBay, acknowledge this problem, with the latter stating that they are cooperating with governments around the world and international law enforcement agencies to ensure better effectiveness of trade controls. That is because under the terms of the agreement, Iran will have to avoid the e-commerce sites, such as those mentioned earlier, providing equipment that can be utilized in developing weapons, and includes an undertaking that Iran will not use discrete medium to evade those restrictions.

The tough task ahead for top diplomats is that if the deal is signed, it will need to conduct an aggressive international outreach among suppliers, registered or unregistered, to cooperate with ecommerce companies on this front. Data shows that in the last decade, Iran managed to import over $250 million worth of banned equipment, and it only makes it even more urgent to try to cooperate with the likes of Alibaba and eBay to shut down the illicit trade.

Alibaba.com has garnered around 4,397 Gallium listings in April, whereas EBay.com, on the other hand, has close to 229 listings of its own. Meanwhile, less than 2000 suppliers are offering ‘hydrazine’ on Alibaba.com platform and another 54 on eBay.com. Both nuclear fuels are an important component in developing a nuclear warhead. To this end, both companies are considering installation of algorithms-based search filters to avoid suspicious searches of nuclear related equipment or products.

eBay’s stock price ended the day at $57.82, down 0.21 the previous day.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Ebay, Technology

 

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