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eBay Now, the same-day delivery service that looks to facilitate online transactions between consumers and bricks-and-mortar retailers, now is serving an expanded number of markets with a fast-growing roster of retailers, according to a story in EcommerceBytes.

The service now is available in n Francisco and the Peninsula, San Jose, parts of New York City, Chicago and Dallas, the story says, with a retailer roster that includes Best Buy, AutoZone, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Office Depot, Walgreens, GNC, Radio Shack, Macy's, Microsoft, Guitar Center, Bloomingdale's, Urban Outfitters, Ann Taylor Loft, Armani Exchange, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Champs, Crate & Barrel, Eastern Mountain Sports, FootLocker, FootAction, GameStop, Golfsmith, JCPenny, Johnston & Murphy, Journeys, Kmart, Pier One Imports, Quiksilver, Staples and Sunglass Hut.

The story notes that "last fall, eBay said it would expand eBay Now same-day delivery to 25 U.S. markets by the end of this year as well as international locations such as London. The company acquired Shutl last year, allowing eBay to move from hiring "valets" to deliver goods to using a marketplace approach."
KC's View:
This is all about finding ways to compete effectively with Amazon. It's that simple. And it goes for both eBay and the participating retailers.