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Happy Returns Free for PayPal Checkout Merchants

| Mike O'Brien

PayPal is extending returns services through its Happy Returns unit for free to all PayPal Checkout merchant customers, while also naming Ulta Beauty as an in-store returns bar partner, adding 1,300 locations and bringing the total to more than 5k in the U.S. The returns portal is also localized to 8 languages for EU and Canada.

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Which is the Best One-Click Checkout Product?

| Jason Boyd

Having a one-click checkout provider for your online store just makes sense. Shoppers hate slogging through a long checkout process to get that bauble that caught their eye – and ecommerce merchants hate losing sales to abandoned shopping carts. But are they truly one click, and how fast? We put the platforms through their paces.

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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.