Here is a list of product releases and updates for mid-February from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on start-up financing, fulfillment tracking, multicultural segmentation, and multi-currencies for international sales.
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Ecommerce Product Releases
Localytics founders announce Demand Sage, bringing marketing intelligence to SMBs. Soon after mobile-analytics company Localytics was acquired, its founders have announced a new startup, Demand Sage, a free service that automatically connects with marketing systems (starting with HubSpot) to auto-generate a live reporting suite in Google Sheets. Demand Sage enables marketers to stay updated and create the exact reports they need. Demand Sage will also optionally harness data science and artificial intelligence to interpret marketing data, helping uncover anomalies, trends, and opportunities.
Carta debuts fund to invest in startups. Carta, a startup that helps private companies manage equity, has announced Carta Ventures, which will invest in companies that foster an ecosystem around Carta’s core products and services. For partnering companies, the fund will lead or co-lead the seed round, provide APIs and infrastructure, offer free office space, give access to Carta execs and employees, and more.
BigCommerce launches multi-currency features. Ecommerce platform BigCommerce has introduced a suite of multi-currency features to streamline merchants’ cross-border operations and provide global customers with shopping experiences tailored to their native language and currency. Available now across all plan types at no additional cost, BigCommerce’s multi-currency offering will help merchants to natively present, transact, and settle purchases in more than 100 foreign currencies through pre-built integrations with leading payment providers.
Deliverr raises $40 million for fast ecommerce fulfillment. Deliverr has announced the completion of a $40 million funding round, bringing the total funding to $70 million. The round was led by Activant Capital with participation from GLP, 8VC, and Ryan Peterson, the founder and CEO of freight company Flexport. The mission of Deliverr, a 60-person logistics and fulfillment company, is to enable any seller, regardless of size, to offer their customers fast and cost-effective fulfillment. Deliverr rents warehouse space around the U.S. and stocks shelves based on regional popularity.
eBay launches international standard delivery. eBay international standard delivery is now available to all sellers. This new program supports shipments to over 210 countries, offers better tracking, and includes late delivery protections. Sellers that ship to international buyers directly (not using eBay’s Global Shipping Program) can select the eBay international standard delivery option, a delivered duties unpaid (DDU) shipping service. Buyers won’t pay duties and tax at checkout on eBay but may have to pay the carrier for duties and tax on delivery.
USPS launches a premium tracking option. USPS has released USPS Premium Tracking, which enables users to extend access to the tracking history for a package on USPS.com. Currently, access to tracking information for non-signature items is limited to 120 days. USPS Premium Tracking provides options to extend access to the tracking history for anywhere from an additional six months up to 10 years. Users can also request a Premium Tracking statement via email at any time during that period.
Moteefe, a platform for on-demand merchandise, raises $5 million. Moteefe, an ecommerce platform for on-demand production of merchandise, has raised $5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Gresham House and Force Over Mass Capital. The funds will help the platform expand into new territories, including Australia and Latin America, as well as launch new products for large retailers.
ThinkNow relaunches segmentation tool. ThinkNow, a cultural insights agency, has announced the relaunch of its proprietary audience planning and segmentation tool, ThinkNow Connekt. The tool features an enhanced user experience for brand marketers and agencies seeking multicultural research, enabling clients to adapt to changing U.S. demographics and develop audience planning and media strategies.
WooCommerce offers new services for CBD merchants. WooCommerce, the WordPress-powered ecommerce platform from Automattic, is offering cannabidiol merchants the choice to connect their stores to expanded services. By choosing Square as their payment solution, merchants can access Jetpack, the security and page-speed plugin. Merchants can also access WooCommerce shipping (to print shipping labels from their dashboard) and WooCommerce tax (to automatically calculate at checkout sales tax by city, state, or country).