Saturday 10th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

eBay brings in Pitt as logistics director

Mike Pitt has joined eBay.co.uk, the online marketplace, as director of shipping and logistics.

Mike Pitt, Shipping and Logistics Director at eBay.co.uk.

Mike Pitt, Shipping and Logistics Director at eBay.co.uk.

He is joining from Javelin Group, the strategy and retail consultancy, where he advised retailers on their omni-channel operations strategies. His twenty year career also spans Waitrose, where he was head of online operations and third party logistics company, Gist.

Pitt’s role includes opening up international trade options through the Global Shipping Programme (GSP), which now has up to 10,000 UK sellers a day. The GSP has just taken its millionth order and is expanding in to new markets.

He will also focus on the online marketplace’s collections through Argos, reducing the cost of deliveries and making it simper to return items when necessary.

Tanya Lawler: vice president eBay marketplaces in the UK said: “There are 25 million businesses and consumers selling on eBay worldwide and we expect to enable $300 billion of global commerce this year alone. Mike’s love of our brand and expertise in omni-channel operations and logistics makes him an important senior addition to the eBay team at a time when we’ve invested in opening up great new opportunities for our sellers to reach buyers worldwide.”

The Global Shipping Programme was launched last autumn and enables UK sellers to send items to a shipping centre in the UK managed by Pitney Bowes. The centre handles everything else required to send the item to the buyer including managing customs, and international delivery costs or import charges. Overseas buyers see all domestic and international shipping charges upfront as a single amount during checkout so there are no unexpected charges to buyers when their purchase is delivered.