EBay Offers Storefronts to Challenge Amazon, Yahoo!, Reports Interactive Week

Apr 01, 2001, 00:00 ET from Interactive Week

    NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ebay (Nasdaq:   EBAY), the
 person-to-person Internet trading community, will soon move on a new leg of
 its strategy to become the Internet's dominant commerce company with "eBay
 Storefronts."  In an exclusive story appearing in the April 2 issue,
 Interactive Week describes the initiative as an e-commerce hosting service for
 businesses that want to set up standard online stores to sell products with
 fixed prices in addition to auction-based listings.
     An executive with knowledge of eBay's plans told the newsweekly that the
 launch of eBay Storefronts is about two or three months away.  Meg Whitman,
 eBay's president and chief executive officer, has made the storefronts project
 a "top priority" for the company, according to the source.  And it's a central
 part of eBay's long-term goal of rivaling Amazon.com and Yahoo! as the biggest
 Internet commerce company in the world.
     "They've been working on this for a while," the executive told Interactive
 Week Matrix Editor Todd Spangler
     EBay started developing the storefront offering about four months ago,
 according to the source.  In mid-January, eBay registered two domain names --
 "ebaystorefront.com" and "ebaystorefronts.com" -- although neither one is
 currently live.
     Kevin Pursglove, an eBay spokesman, acknowledged only that the company is
 in the process of evaluating whether to launch such a storefront offering, and
 he said no firm launch date or timetable has been set.  Pursglove also said
 that "eBay Storefronts" is not necessarily the official name of the project.
     EBay is, in fact, moving very aggressively to roll out the storefront
 plan, the source familiar with the initiative told Interactive Week.  The
 reason: Storefronts are a critical missing link that will help eBay extend its
 power in auctions to other forms of e-commerce by further locking buyers and
 sellers into its system.
     In addition to being published in the April 2 issue, the full story,
 "Ready to Rumble," will be posted to the newsweekly's Web site,
 http://www.interactive-week.com.  Interactive Week Senior Writer Laura Lorek
 contributed to the report.
 
     About Interactive Week
     Interactive Week, a Ziff Davis Media publication, delivers a controlled
 circulation of 300,100 business and technology managers who are charged with
 driving their organizations' interactive strategies and initiatives.
 Interactive Week is the ultimate source for information on the technologies
 and market issues that are shaping digital communications and interactivity
 today.
 
     About Ziff Davis Media Inc.
     Ziff Davis Media Inc. (http://www.ziffdavis.com) is the leading
 information authority for buying, using and experiencing technology and the
 Internet.  It is the largest technology and Internet magazine publisher and
 the sixth largest magazine publisher in the United States.  The company is
 also at the forefront in creating a new generation of consumer and business
 media that educate, entertain and empower people.  In the U.S., Ziff Davis
 Media publishes 13 industry-leading business and consumer publications: PC
 Magazine, Ziff Davis SMART BUSINESS for the New Economy, Yahoo! Internet Life,
 FamilyPC, Expedia Travels, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official U.S.
 PlayStation Magazine, Computer Gaming World, Expert Gamer, eWEEK, Interactive
 Week, Sm@rt Partner and The Net Economy.  Through a joint venture with
 International Data Group (IDG), the company also publishes Macworld.  Other
 Ziff Davis Media business units include Ziff Davis Custom Media, which
 provides custom and contract media solutions within the technology industry;
 Ziff Davis Media Brand Development, which manages brand development and
 licensing; eTesting Labs, the industry leader in Internet and technology
 testing; and Ziff Davis Internet, an Internet-related development group.  The
 company also produces conferences, seminars and Web casts.
 
 

SOURCE Interactive Week
    NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ebay (Nasdaq:   EBAY), the
 person-to-person Internet trading community, will soon move on a new leg of
 its strategy to become the Internet's dominant commerce company with "eBay
 Storefronts."  In an exclusive story appearing in the April 2 issue,
 Interactive Week describes the initiative as an e-commerce hosting service for
 businesses that want to set up standard online stores to sell products with
 fixed prices in addition to auction-based listings.
     An executive with knowledge of eBay's plans told the newsweekly that the
 launch of eBay Storefronts is about two or three months away.  Meg Whitman,
 eBay's president and chief executive officer, has made the storefronts project
 a "top priority" for the company, according to the source.  And it's a central
 part of eBay's long-term goal of rivaling Amazon.com and Yahoo! as the biggest
 Internet commerce company in the world.
     "They've been working on this for a while," the executive told Interactive
 Week Matrix Editor Todd Spangler
     EBay started developing the storefront offering about four months ago,
 according to the source.  In mid-January, eBay registered two domain names --
 "ebaystorefront.com" and "ebaystorefronts.com" -- although neither one is
 currently live.
     Kevin Pursglove, an eBay spokesman, acknowledged only that the company is
 in the process of evaluating whether to launch such a storefront offering, and
 he said no firm launch date or timetable has been set.  Pursglove also said
 that "eBay Storefronts" is not necessarily the official name of the project.
     EBay is, in fact, moving very aggressively to roll out the storefront
 plan, the source familiar with the initiative told Interactive Week.  The
 reason: Storefronts are a critical missing link that will help eBay extend its
 power in auctions to other forms of e-commerce by further locking buyers and
 sellers into its system.
     In addition to being published in the April 2 issue, the full story,
 "Ready to Rumble," will be posted to the newsweekly's Web site,
 http://www.interactive-week.com.  Interactive Week Senior Writer Laura Lorek
 contributed to the report.
 
     About Interactive Week
     Interactive Week, a Ziff Davis Media publication, delivers a controlled
 circulation of 300,100 business and technology managers who are charged with
 driving their organizations' interactive strategies and initiatives.
 Interactive Week is the ultimate source for information on the technologies
 and market issues that are shaping digital communications and interactivity
 today.
 
     About Ziff Davis Media Inc.
     Ziff Davis Media Inc. (http://www.ziffdavis.com) is the leading
 information authority for buying, using and experiencing technology and the
 Internet.  It is the largest technology and Internet magazine publisher and
 the sixth largest magazine publisher in the United States.  The company is
 also at the forefront in creating a new generation of consumer and business
 media that educate, entertain and empower people.  In the U.S., Ziff Davis
 Media publishes 13 industry-leading business and consumer publications: PC
 Magazine, Ziff Davis SMART BUSINESS for the New Economy, Yahoo! Internet Life,
 FamilyPC, Expedia Travels, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official U.S.
 PlayStation Magazine, Computer Gaming World, Expert Gamer, eWEEK, Interactive
 Week, Sm@rt Partner and The Net Economy.  Through a joint venture with
 International Data Group (IDG), the company also publishes Macworld.  Other
 Ziff Davis Media business units include Ziff Davis Custom Media, which
 provides custom and contract media solutions within the technology industry;
 Ziff Davis Media Brand Development, which manages brand development and
 licensing; eTesting Labs, the industry leader in Internet and technology
 testing; and Ziff Davis Internet, an Internet-related development group.  The
 company also produces conferences, seminars and Web casts.
 
 SOURCE  Interactive Week