eBay may be losing out to competition in some spaces. The company may soon be forced to abandon its effort to break into local one-hour deliveries. VentureBeat is reporting that that online auction house could shut down its two-year old eBay Now service, which is still just a fledgling offering that represented eBay’s efforts to tap into new markets.
The service, which launched in 2012 alongside popular delivery app Postmates, is apparently on its last legs and is facing numerous issues just as larger rivals including Google and Uber are stepping into the arena. At the same time, eBay recently fired its team of “valets,” switching to third-party couriers, an anonymous insider tells VentureBeat. The company also cut ties with a number of early partners including Best Buy.
It’s unclear if eBay Now will shut down completely, but the company has already cancelled plans to expand. The company previously said it would launch in London and 25 U.S. cities by the end of 2014, but an eBay representative told VentureBeat “we are not announcing any new market expansions at this time.”
eBay Now is still available in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Chicago and Dallas. The company says it’s committed to the service in these cities, though it’s unclear how long that commitment will last.