The Saleroom.com to Provide New Delivery Service

The British online antiques antiques and auction platform, thesalesroom.com is partnering with Mail Boxes Etc and ATG (parent compay of Antiques Trade Gazette) to provide automated delivery costs for items purchased through the platform.

This is another partnership with antique and fine art sales with technology and logistics.  Delivery costs will be posted on the website so potential buyers can see shipping costs prior to bidding. The new service is expected to role out in January, and it will be interesting to see how it impacts bidding.

The ATR reports on the new partnership
ATG Media, parent of the Antiques Trade Gazette, and Mail Boxes Etc have joined forces to provide a new delivery service for buyers on thesaleroom.com.

The 'one-click global logistics service' is due to launch in January and is replacing thesaleroom.com's own in-house delivery service.

Dave McCall, Managing Director of thesaleroom.com said: "We want to increase our coverage and make it easier for more people to buy art and antiques online. Our own delivery service, which is being replaced by this partnership, proved to be a great success in attracting customers, so we know it's what they want.

"Using our market-leading technology and Mail Boxes Etc.'s logistics expertise, we can provide an end-to-end service that's fast, efficient, completely automated and available nationwide."

Delivery Charges
Under the new join-up, lot delivery prices will be listed on the website so buyers are aware of shipping costs before they bid. Upon winning the lot, successful bidders will receive a quote via email, enabling quick and easy payment online for delivery of the item.

 "Knowing the price of delivery before you bid at auction, with no hidden costs, removes the barriers to online bidding," said Marika Clemow, ATG Media's head of products and services.

"Having a reliable service with a reputable logistics partner is crucial to the future of thesaleroom.com and, as market leaders, Mail Boxes Etc can deliver the high standard of service our customers have come to expect from thesaleroom.com."

Simon Cowie, chairman of Mail Boxes Etc, said: "We have listened to what our customers told us they want from a logistics solution, and we believe this relationship will provide the best possible support for auctioneers, buyers and the marketplace in general.

"We've introduced a whole new set of standards, with clear pricing, automatic delivery quotes to winning bidders, self-service checkout and fast delivery times.  All shipments are fully trackable online, and our customer support team is always on hand to help with any queries"

Mail Boxes Etc's network of high street stores means they operate from over 1500 Mail Boxes Etc. locations worldwide, including more than 150 centres in the UK and Ireland.

In 2014, thesaleroom.com hosted more than 6,000 auction catalogues and 3800 auctions for a wide range of auction houses, transacting £140 million in sales online.
Source: Antiques Trade Gazette 

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