We hope everyone is well. We are closing in on the end of 2020, and we want to take this time to share with you some updates that occurred within the eBay Developers Program over the last several months.
This year we kick-off our annual eBay Connect Developer Conference virtually. We realize that this year is very different and we are all figuring it out together. Our first priority is to keep our community - our developers and employees - safe. We also wanted to give our developers updates on the program and how to get prepared for all the upcoming changes.
eBay’s Category Aspects metadata, which has given definition to our marketplace listings, is evolving at a fast pace. With these rapid enhancements, a consequent challenge of keeping this metadata in sync and gaining quick insights into what might have changed is of increasing importance to our developer community.
eBay is a truly global marketplace with 174M buyers in 190 markets. So, our primary goal is to connect buyers and sellers around the world. It is crucial to our seller community to cross the language barrier and amplify reach. Machine translation is one of the key contributors to promoting cross-border trade on eBay. It is a considerable remover of friction.
eBay Connect, the annual developer conference, took place in June at eBay's main office in San Jose, CA. Attendees got an inside look at eBay’s newest APIs and top initiatives. Although the conference was not open to all developers, we'd like to share some of the insights and resources with the entire developer community.
eBay requires sellers to specify the item location when they list an item. Although sellers can specify item location as either a valid postal code or as a free-text string identifying the location, sellers should use postal code to specify item location, whenever possible.