SUMOHeavy — Issue #42

What We’re Reading

Facebook ramps up ecommerce offerings 
 Thanks to new integrations with ecommerce platforms like, businesses can use their Facebook pages to sell directly to customers.


Stripe launches Radar to tackle e-commerce fraud with machine learning — 
 Stripe, the startup that lets websites and mobile apps implement payment services through its API and a few lines of code, is today adding in another new..

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Menswear retailer Q Fifty One is acquiring Edition Collective to reinvent their e-commerce strategy — 
 Q Fifty One is Texas-based retailer that operates two different brands: Q Clothier, a custom-suit store with 6 locations and Rye 51, a more casual luxury..

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6 Essential Questions For Your Yearly eCommerce Checkup — 
 I hate checkups at the doctor’s office. It’s the kind of tedious thing that drives me nuts. Then I complain to the nurse about doing tests and she says “…

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PayPal Gets Friendlier With Facebook — 
 PayPal Holdings Inc. is the latest payments provider to look to the world of social media for a new way to grow, announcing an integration with Facebook Inc. that will have the social network make the payments giant a way to pay across a broader range of new online shopping features.

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Apple Says Many ‘Genuine’ Apple Products on Amazon Are Fake — 
 Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit.

Upcoming eCommerce Events

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)
January 5–8, 2017 | Las Vegas, NV

NRF Big Show 2017 Convention & Expo

January 15–17, 2017 | New York City

The 10x eCommerce Event

February 10–12, 2017 | Orlando, Florida

eTail West
February 27 — March 02, 2017 | Palm Springs, CA

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Our Latest Obsession

Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Makes First Beer Run

A driverless truck drove 120 miles across Colorado to deliver 50,000 cans of Budweiser. The truck was owned by Otto, which was bought by Uber last Summer for $680 million.

Click here to watch the video

The ‘driverless trucks’ are not intended to put drivers out of work. For now, the Otto technology only works on the highway, where it doesn’t have to deal with stop signs or pesky humans crossing the road. Human drivers will ‘pilot’ the trucks to and from the highway, much like a captain would navigate a ship, letting the tech take the wheel on the long stretches of highway.

The driverless trucks are also safer — some 400,000 trucks are involved in crashes each year, killing around 4,000 people.

Here’s hoping the next beer delivery is something better than Budweiser.

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