PayPal buys returns start-up in latest move into the retail space

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PayPal is making another acquisition in the e-commerce space as it moves beyond payments and into physical and online retail.

The digital payments giant announced a deal to acquire start-up Happy Returns on Thursday for an undisclosed amount. The 120-person Santa Monica-based company lets people return things they bought online, in person.

“The post-purchase experience is something we’ve been looking into, since it’s such a pain point — people want to shop online and return in store, and vice versa,” Frank Keller,

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How to use Rakuten to earn bonus cash back or Amex points

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One of the simplest ways to earn bonus rewards on your everyday activity is through online shopping portals.

These sites offer additional points, miles or cash back when you visit a specific merchant through the portal, rather than going directly to that merchant’s website. Using them should be an essential part of your online shopping habits — especially when you’re picking out gifts for your loved

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Whether it’s ordering dinner or buying more skin products, our shopping habits changed amid COVID-19

As our lifestyles have changed during the pandemic, so have our shopping habits.

Some of us (motions to self) have been shopping more than ever. PayPal even reported a 34% increase in transactions in its first quarter from the same time last year, Gideon Anstey, spokesperson for the platform, told USA TODAY.

Some people may be saving on expenses that they weren’t before while boosting spending on other things. .

“On one hand, folks are spending less in areas such as transportation, eating out and other social activities,” Danetha Doe, a financial philosopher and creator of Money & Mimosas, a

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Czechs rejoice as stores reopen; honor COVID-19 victims

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic massively relaxed its coronavirus restrictions on Monday as the hard-hit nation paid its respects to the country’s nearly 30,000 dead.

The latest easing came after new infections fell to the levels last seen in August, at which time the government failed to react fast enough to a rising number of infections, which later contributed to a record number of deaths.

People in the capital of Prague formed lines Monday before opening time as all stores and shopping malls returned to business.

“It’s a relief that they are open,” said shopper Dan Cooper. “I think

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3 hurt in Florida mall shooting as shoppers scatter

MIAMI (AP) — A shooting at a South Florida shopping mall that was sparked by a fight between two groups of people sent panicked shoppers fleeing and left three persons injured Saturday afternoon, police and witnesses said. 

Live aerial television news footage showed people scattering outside the Aventura Mall after the initial reports of gunfire. Law enforcement vehicles could be seen converging at the complex and blocking roads. 

Aventura Police said two groups of people had begun fighting before it escalated to gunfire. 

One individual in one of the groups produced a gun, and an individual in the other group

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