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E-commerce Return Platform Acquisitions

PayPal Purchased a U.S. Startup Named Happy Returns

— May 17, 2021 — Business
PayPal recently purchased a returns startup company named Happy Returns in a move signifying PayPal's intentions to be more involved in post-purchase activities, no acquisition price was publicly released.

For PayPal, the deal will allow the company to be more involved in the consumption cycle, where they are connected with consumers from purchase to return. For Happy Returns, the deal will allow the company to improve its platform and reach new customers with PayPal's capacity. The acquisition follows a year of extreme growth for e-commerce businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Happy Returns also focuses on bringing sustainability into e-commerce returns, by leveraging a box-free in-person experience. To date, the startup has a network o over 2,600 drop-off locations across the United States.

Image Credit: PayPal/Happy Returns
Trend Themes
1. E-commerce Return Platform Acquisition - PayPal's acquisition of Happy Returns signals a trend towards e-commerce companies seeking to be more involved in post-purchase activities.
2. Sustainability in E-commerce Returns - Happy Returns' focus on box-free in-person experiences for e-commerce returns points towards a trend in sustainability in the industry.
3. E-commerce Growth Due to COVID-19 - The extreme growth seen by e-commerce businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic signals a trend towards increased reliance on digital transactions.
Industry Implications
1. E-commerce - The acquisition of Happy Returns by PayPal highlights the trend of major players in the e-commerce industry looking to improve their post-purchase activities.
2. Sustainability - Happy Returns' focus on sustainable e-commerce returns indicates opportunities for innovation in the sustainability industry.
3. Payment Processing - PayPal's acquisition of Happy Returns points towards a trend of payment processing companies expanding their services to be more involved in the consumption cycle.
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