The ‘one-click global logistics service’, launching in January, replaces 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 successful in attracting customers, so we know it’s what they want.
“Using our technology and Mail Boxes’ logistics expertise, we can provide a service that’s fast, efficient, completely automated and available nationwide.”
Under the new arrangement, lot delivery prices will be listed on the website so buyers are aware of shipping costs before they bid. On winning the lot, successful bidders will receive a quote via email, enabling payment online for delivery of the item.
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 includes more than 150 centres in the UK and Ireland and 1500 locations worldwide.