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eBay Adds UPS Center

United Parcel Service said it has signed a deal to integrate its online shipping services into the online marketplace at eBay .

The agreement "represents the first time a transportation company has established a shipping center in an e-marketplace," UPS said. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

eBay does, however, have an existing agreement with Mail Boxes Etc, which offers an integrated area on the eBay site and provides "Internet rates" to eBay users. That service offers delivery via UPS as well as FedEx, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service.

Those services will remain available, said eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove. "The agreement with UPS will offer different services and appeal to different categories of users," he said.

UPS said that from their "My eBay" accounts, eBay members will have full access to UPS shipping tools and services, so they can calculate UPS rates, arrange for package pick-up, locate the nearest UPS drop off location, determine time-in-transit, print a shipping label, track a package and even open a UPS account.

UPS shipping tools can also be accessed in other areas of the eBay site such as the seller services page, the shipping/postage page and through a link to the UPS Service Center.

"Making UPS Online tools readily available to eBay members helps reduce the transactional friction," said Jeff Jordan, senior vice president of eBay U.S. "Quite simply, the UPS Service Center will make it easier and faster for eBay members to complete their eBay transactions."

In a separate announcement, CAM Commerce Solutions said today it has entered into an agreement with eBay to provide small- to medium-size retailers and businesses with a total auction management software solution that allows retailers to place, track, manage and fulfill listings on eBay through its CAM POS and inventory management system. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

The auction management software includes inventory management, point of sale, sales order processing, purchasing, receiving, customer management, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, e-commerce Web storefront and online payment processing for credit cards.