Austin is a city filled with boundless creativity. Its rich community of artisans, musicians and innovators have created a distinct, dynamic local culture and put this Texas town on the world’s stage.
The city is also home to hundreds of eBay employees and eBay is deepening its longstanding investment in Austin, with the local launch of Retail Revival.
Launched in 2018, Retail Revival empowers independent retailers to “stay local, sell global,” thereby keeping their retail communities intact and thriving.
It provides participating small business owners with the in-depth training, tools and promotional support they need to start and grow on eBay.
eBay’s newest Retail Revival cohort in Austin includes approximately 50 sellers, whose products span across a range of categories, from ceramics to electric bicycles, sustainable fashion and even gourmet cotton candy.
eBay Retail Revival Sellers Reach Hundreds of Thousands of New Customers
They join the global family of Retail Revival sellers who have now opened their digital storefronts on eBay and are continuously reaching hundreds of thousands of new customers around the world.
“With this month’s Retail Revival Austin launch, we’re celebrating independent local businesses and the vibrant individuality they bring both to their city and our marketplace. We’re excited to super-charge their efforts through Retail Revival, helping them expand their businesses globally while staying local.”
Marni Levine, vice president of seller operations and engagement
At the Austin launch event, the newest Retail Revival sellers joined eBay employees for a full day of networking, training and interactive sessions to learn best practices in excelling on the eBay platform.
eBay has enjoyed a strong presence in Austin since its office was established there in 2007.
Retail Revival Austin is a natural expansion of the Austin office’s commitment to community impact — in the last five years, eBay Austin employees have logged roughly 5,000 volunteer hours in the community.
“Austin is a flourishing tech and business hub that has seen tremendous growth within the last few years. Many eBay employees call Austin home; we’re eager to do our part in helping our local small business owners thrive on our global platform through Retail Revival.”
Mike Petersen, head of the eBay Austin office
Ninety-Five Percent of Texas-Based eBay Small Businesses Export
eBay harnesses the power of technology to empower independent small businesses by equipping them with the skills and tools to engage in commerce on a global scale.
In Texas, 95 percent of eBay-enabled small businesses export, compared to 1.5 percent of traditional businesses, reaching customers in 16 markets around the world to date.
The goal is for Retail Revival to expose Austin’s one-of-a-kind inventory to eBay’s worldwide audience, giving the marketplaces’ buyers unparalleled choice.
To date, more than 400 participating businesses in the program have generated over $20 million in GMV and sold to buyers in nearly 170 countries.
What do you think about eBay’s Retail Revival Program?
Please use the comments section below or head over to our Facebook Group for Small Business Sellers and interact with other small business owners.