Woof: EBay Is Winning Bidder for Milo
EBay has acquired Milo as a way to add a physical presence to its e-commerce strategy. Milo’s extensive database of products from 50,000 U.S. retail stores, like Best Buy, Sears and Target, will be integrated into the e-commerce giant’s search results to provide local shopping alternatives.
Analysts have been critical of eBay’s ability to turn its marketplaces unit around as it struggles to maintain its lead against others like Amazon and Google.
The purchase of Milo will help eBay bridge the gap between online shopping and brick-and-mortar locations. Milo’s database will be integrated into RedLaser, a mobile phone app eBay bought earlier this year that allows consumers to check prices in physical stores by scanning a bar code. Likewise, Milo’s sale to eBay will help give it some additional backing as it faces competition from Google, which in March launched the ability to check stock at nearby stores from smartphone devices.