Online selling deal

Scots e-commerce firm partners with eBay

Richard Dunne: improving the eBay experience

A start-up that helps online sellers manage their orders and inventory across multiple sites has partnered with eBay, after being approached by the trading platform.

Glasgow-based OnePatch was launched two years ago by web developer brothers Richard and Brendan Dunne after a customer asked if they could help stop him ‘overselling.’

This usually happens when products sell out on one site but still show as available on another.

The brothers went on to develop software that allows online sellers to manage their orders, products, inventory, customers and shipping across multiple marketplaces, such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy and the seller’s own website.

eBay, which has 1.7 billion listings and 185 million buyers on its marketplace, spotted OnePatch and asked if the company would join its ‘Partner Growth Initiative’, with the aim of improving the selling experience for the 300,000 small and medium-sized businesses trading on the platform.

“eBay is a worldwide brand and one of the biggest marketplaces in the world,” says OnePatch chief executive Richard. “So it’s amazing for OnePatch firstly to be found and respected by eBay for what we do. And secondly for them to ask us to help them improve the eBay experience for sellers and buyers.

“Brendan and I originally started selling on eBay 14 years ago – which was our first online selling activity. So, to come around full circle again is really cool. We both have lots of experience with eBay, both as sellers ourselves and then working with eBay SMEs through our web development business.”

A key attraction of the OnePatch product is its ability to automate the whole process of setting up and running an online shop.

Andy Richardson, head of business development at eBay UK, said: “eBay aims to provide a platform for our 300,000 small businesses to succeed and grow online.

“To help eBay entrepreneurs across the country tap into the opportunities of online selling, we need to continually collaborate with innovative technology partners that help bring simplicity and convenience to the process of setting up and running an eBay business.

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