If you’ve ever been an Internet-based virtual buyer at an auction, you realize that few auction houses have adequately addressed the “Now what?” question you invariably ask when faced with shipping after winning an item.
To address this issue, uShip has formed a partnership with online auction marketplace Artfact to make post-auction experience more e-commerce friendly for Internet-based buyers by placing uShip’s Shipping Price Estimatortm directly within Lot Detail pages on the Artfact network of Web properties, includingArtfact.com, Auctionzip.com and Invaluable.com.
Artfact’s customers now see approximate shipping costs based on comparable item, weight and distance moves on uShip, and then within a few clicks, can connect with thousands of feedback-rated service providers in uShip’s network to get their item moved, whether it’s decorative arts, antiques or collectibles.
uShip’s marketplace connects people with transport companies that competitively bid to win business. Carriers use uShip to maximize their loads and fill extra truck space at deeply discounted rates, helping customers save an average of 50 percent over commercial rates.
“We heard from our customers that they wanted a way to determine shipping costs and get their items moved after winning. Our partnership with uShip gives them an easy and affordable way to do that,” said Josh Hale, vice president of product & marketing at Artfact.
“uShip’s Shipping Price Estimator can serve as a pricing barometer specifically for Artfact customers who may not be aware of the cost to transport auction items. It offers a reliable source for that information and gives them access to trusted service providers who understand what it takes to move larger-than-parcel deliveries,” said Philip Strohl, vice president, business development at uShip.