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eBay’s New X.Commerce Is Getting Some Legs

eCommerce Bytes, July 23rd, 2012

In the fall of 2011, eBay announced X.commerce, a new, unified developers program for all eBay Inc. properties, including PayPal, Magento, eBay and GSI Commerce. X.Commerce was created with the lofty goal of weaving together all of companies’ technology into an ecommerce “fabric” that other companies could plug into – a “commerce operating system” that encompasses online, mobile and offline retail.

We decided to check in with one vendor working with X.commerce that previously worked with eBay’s old developer’s program to get an update from a developer’s point of view.

Shipwire Order Fulfillment provides cloud-based logistics services, shipping software and outsourced fulfillment services from warehouses around the world. Online sellers send their inventory to one of Shipwire’s warehouses in the U.S., Canada, or Europe and instantly connect Shipwire to their online store or marketplace. (Note that eBay is an investor in Shipwire and its Vice President of Corporate Strategy is a board advisor at Shipwire.)

Evan Robinson is co-founder and CTO of Shipwire. We asked him if developing on X.commerce platform was better than developing on eBay Inc.’s individual properties.

Robinson said it was not quite comparable, and had a different goal. “When developing with eBay, PayPal, or Magento APIs, you’re primarily concerned with letting your software take advantage of just that one property; you’re enabling a single, point-to-point connection between your software and theirs. We’ve built lots of these ecommerce connections,” he explained.

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