This week’s news: Groupon, delivery costs, Linio and more

Welcome to the new edition of “This week’s news”, a selection of links to interesting articles and news from the worlds of blogs, commerce and e-commerce.

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In it’s attempt to become more of an e-commerce website with a focus on discounted items instead of the group buying platform that it was started as, Groupon has launched a new website, making it easier to find the more than 50.000 deals that it now offers in the U.S. alone.

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According to a recent study, 77 % of online shoppers have abandoned an online purchase in the past year, with 53% citing unacceptably high delivery costs as the main reason for bailing out. 26% actually placed an item in their basket just to check the delivery costs, meaning that in many cases, online shops simply fail at informing potential customers about the actual shipping costs upfront.

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Linio, the “Amazon of Latin America”, has received a hefty $50 million in funding. The company is backed by Rocket Internet, the German incubator that is known for quickly copying existing business models and bringing it to parts of the world that are rather ignored by the major Internet giants.

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It is not uncommon that popular bloggers become celebrities and media darlings, using their blog reach to build influence in other areas of media and lifestyle circles. Or they get hired by commercial online magazines. That’s exactly what just happened to Swedish video blogger Clara Henry. The 19 year old girl has almost 150.000 subscribers on YouTube and was awarded as Sweden’s video blogger of 2013. Now the newcomer has joined popular Swedish website veckorevyn where she will publish her own blog.

We’ll probably hear more about her in the future.