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Fast Raises $102M in Series B Round

| Mike O'Brien

Fast, a startup that provides one-click checkout for ecommerce sellers a la Amazon and has expanded into identity and other areas, has raised $102 million in a series B round led by major payments provider Stripe and Addition, bringing the company’s total raise to $124 million. The COO and co-founder from Uber described the business.

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Shift Happens: Winning DTC with Consumer Behavioral Data

| David Tiberia

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) gives brands the ability to collect and utilize first-party consumer behavioral data to make the shopping experience more personalized, to build loyalty and improve advertising returns. The bigger and more detailed your data store is, the better you can target your core consumer and create repeat purchases.

Google Drops Some Commissions, Launches Recommendation Engine

| Mike O'Brien

Google has been busy on the ecommerce front lately, announcing a plan to drop commission fees for sellers who use its Buy on Google checkout service, while making its pilot-tested product recommendation engine publicly available to let sellers display more personalized offers.

Payoneer Acquiring Digital Payment Platform optile

| Douglas P. Clement

Digital payment platform startup Payoneer, which is doing battle with PayPal and other major players, is acquiring Munich-based optile, a tech firm that streamlines the payment acceptance process for merchants. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Happy Returns Gets $11M Investment Led By PayPal

| Mike O'Brien

Happy Returns has received an $11 million investment from PayPal Holdings Inc., the venture arm of the payment solution company, with both pledging to reduce reverse logistics friction for merchants. The investment will also help Happy Returns toward its goal of 1,000 ecommerce returns bars by the end of the year.

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What You Need to Know When Going Cross-Border with Your Business

| Daniela Forte

Deciding to sell cross-border can be an overwhelming process as there are a lot of moving parts for U.S. retailers to think about. In our latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, Melissa O’Malley, Director of Global Initiatives and Communications for Paypal, discusses what retailers need to consider when looking at selling into global markets.

eBay Begins Managing Payments in the U.S.

| Daniela Forte

eBay announced it will begin managing transaction payments in the U.S., which will let shoppers complete their purchases entirely on eBay’s site. Here is how sellers will benefit from this move.