Facebook eCommerce Tools; Sezzle, Target Deal

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Share Tweet Share Share Share Email In today’s top news, Facebook announced a slate of new tools for businesses, and buy now, pay later firm Sezzle signed a three-year deal with Target. Plus, Indian home services marketplace Urban Company is valued at $2.1 […]

In today’s top news, Facebook announced a slate of new tools for businesses, and buy now, pay later firm Sezzle signed a three-year deal with Target. Plus, Indian home services marketplace Urban Company is valued at $2.1 billion after its latest funding round.

Facebook’s F8 For Developers Focuses on eCommerce, Business Tools

Facebook’s F8 Refresh conference, held virtually on Wednesday (June 2), focused on technologies that enable developers and businesses to build and grow on Facebook’s platforms. The tech giant is aiming to launch tools that will enable seamless interactions between businesses and customers of Instagram and WhatsApp, and also wants to help creators make money on its platforms.

Sezzle, Target Sign 3-Year Deal for BNPL

The FinTech Sezzle has landed a three-year deal to provide its interest-free installment product to Target customers online and in some physical stores. The process doesn’t affect credit scores unless customers opt into a credit-building feature.

India’s Urban Company Raises $255 Million at $2.1B Valuation

Urban Company has raised $255 million in a Series F funding round that values the online home services marketplace at $2.1 billion. The company plans to expand into the 100 largest cities in India and international markets, and will also use the capital for a variety of initiatives, including product development, training and enhanced quality control.

Rent the Runway Segues Into Fashion Resale Market

Rent the Runway (RTR) is jumping into the resale apparel market, letting customers rent designer clothing in addition to purchasing the outfits — without a membership fee. The company’s move comes as it seeks new avenues to help offset the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business.

OppFi CEO Says Behavioral Analytics Unearth Credit Gems Other Methods Miss

It’s a known fact that traditional lending metrics allow a lot of unbanked, young or financially limited customers to slip through the cracks. But according to OppFi CEO Jared Kaplan in the latest Monetizing Digital Intent Tracker, new behavioral analytics tools are proving better at assessing credit risk and improving loan access.

NEW REPORT: Five Ways US Banks Can Tap AI to Manage Credit Risk

Eight in 10 U.S. banks plan to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) technology this year to better manage credit risk. In our exclusive AI in Focus: The Bank Technology Roadmap Playbook, PYMNTS asked 100 financial decision-makers, “how come?”

Crypto’s Troubling Rise and Role in Growing Ransomware Attacks

From pipelines to meat processors, reports of bad actors seeking to disrupt supply chains and transportation hubs are on the rise, along with demand for payment in bitcoin — and due to recent success, they are not expected to slow down anytime soon.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: CRYPTOCURRENCY PAYMENTS STUDY – MAY 2021

About The Study: U.S. consumers see cryptocurrency as more than just a store of value: 46 million plan say they plan to use it to make payments for everything from financial services to groceries. In the Cryptocurrency Payments Report, PYMNTS surveys 8,008 cryptocurrency users and nonusers in the U.S. to examine the ways in which they plan to use crypto to make purchases, what crypto they plan to use — and how merchant acceptance can influence merchant choice and consumer spend.


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