noon goes global with eBay partnership

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RIYADH — noon, the Middle East’s homegrown digital marketplace, is bringing the global marketplace of eBay closer to customers in the region with a new path-breaking partnership.

In a pioneering move, noon’s partnership with eBay will give customers in the region the opportunity to buy top selling products from the US and other parts of the world with ease and convenience. noon will fulfil all eBay orders made on noon and deliver it directly to the customers’ doorstep.

Mohamed Alabbar, founder of noon, said: “noon is connecting the region with the global e-commerce market through our partnership with eBay. With this, we are offering our customers access to products that are not otherwise readily available in the region. As brand from that is from the region, we listen to our customers and tailor the online retail experience to suit their needs. Our partnership with eBay opens a whole new world of shopping experience.”

noon powered by eBay will be available from the second half of 2018 in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, on its dedicated app, and via mobile and desktop. eBay products purchased via noon and shipped from overseas can also be easily returned to noon with a full refund option, based on terms and conditions.

noon and eBay will also explore joint opportunities in marketing, know-how and best practices sharing to leverage the strong growth of online shopping in the region. “E-commerce continuously evolves, and this partnership guarantees noon stays on top of the trends and consumer preferences,” added Alabbar.

According to the ‘Middle East B2C E-Commerce Market 2018,’ with high Internet and mobile penetration rates in the Gulf countries, combined B2C e-commerce sales are expected to more than double between 2017 and 2020 to reach $20 billion.

Created in the region and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and a group of prominent Gulf investors, noon is an ideal fit for the digital-first preferences and aspirations of the region’s youth. — SG


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