Extra Space Storage Inc., one of the country's largest self-storage operators, and Zippi Networks Inc., an eBay service provider, are launching a test program to deploy self-service consignment kiosks in 10 of the storage company's California locations. The kiosks will allow Zippi to set up "drop off stations" where consumers can bring merchandise for preparation and sale on eBay. Following a successful pilot period, the companies will decide how to expand the program nationwide.
"This program will enable our self-storage facilities to gain exposure to a new audience of potential customers," said Karl Haas, Extra Space vice president and COO.
Zippi's strategy for encouraging eBay sellers—who are currently outnumbered by buyers 10 to 1—includes several branch locations, an affiliate sales network, product drop-off stations and a franchise opportunity. According to Zippi CEO Robert Rositano Jr., the company's goal is a resurgence of the eBay seller community.
Zippi is headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif. For more information, call 408.884.5717; visit www.zippi.com.
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Extra Space is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns or operates 636 self-storage properties in 32 states including Washington, D.C. The company's properties comprise more than 425,000 units and 47 million square feet. For more information, visit www.extraspace.com.