Happy Returns, a leading provider of return and logistics solutions for retailers and their customers, today announced a strategic investment from PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) as part of an $11M financing round. The two companies share a commitment to reducing friction from the entire online shopping experience for retailers and their customers, from consideration and purchase through fulfillment and possible return and exchange.
“Our mission is to make returns more delightful for consumers, more cost-effective for retailers, and more sustainable for the planet,” said David Sobie, co-founder and CEO at Happy Returns. “We’re thrilled to work with PayPal to make the process of returning more seamless for shoppers and our service more broadly available to PayPal’s large network of merchants.”
Returns of online purchases represent a major challenge and opportunity for retailers. Items purchased online are three to four times more likely to be returned than in-store purchases, and the traditional online return process of packaging items individually and shipping them via carrier is cumbersome, wasteful, and expensive for retailers and customers alike.
Happy Returns’ Full Stack Returns is a combination of software, services, and logistics that enables retailers to offer a best-in-class return experience, including the ability to return products in-person through Happy Returns’ nationwide network of Return Bar locations, as well as through the retailer’s own stores, or by carrier. With in-person returns, items are aggregated at the start of the process, resulting in a return that is immediate and hassle-free for shoppers, and more efficient and cost-effective for retailers. Happy Returns’ Net Promoter Score® of 95 is among the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any consumer-related service.
“Happy Returns has reengineered the return process with the customer in mind and that brings greater cost savings and efficiencies to merchants,” said Robert Clarkson, Vice President, North America at PayPal. “Working with Happy Returns will help us learn more about how returns can decrease the friction in shopping online and how to help merchants address this growing problem.”
Happy Returns has experienced rapid growth, expanding its network of Return Bars® to over 350 locations in 63 metro areas by partnering with national retail chains including Paper Source, Sur La Table and Cost Plus World Market to offer its in-person returns service. Its Full Stack Returns suite has been adopted by leading digitally native brands such as Rothy’s, Everlane, and Parachute Home, and the volume of returns and exchanges processed by Happy Returns has grown 800% year over year. To support this growth, the company has opened two regional Return Hub facilities in Blandon, PA and Van Nuys, CA for processing and aggregating returns.
Existing investors U.S. Venture Partners and Upfront Ventures also participated in the funding. Since its founding in 2015, Happy Returns has raised a total of $25 million. The company employs 55 people and is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.
About Happy Returns:
Happy Returns provides comprehensive return solutions for the world’s leading online and omni-channel retailers and their customers. With Happy Returns’ Full Stack Returns, retailers offer customers a best-in-class branded online return and exchange flow as well as the maximum flexibility for returning purchases. Shoppers enjoy multiple ways to return: in-person via Happy Returns’ nationwide network of 350+ Return Bar locations, through the retailers’ own stores, or by carrier. Happy Returns provides aggregated shipping and logistics across all channels with optimized disposition to destinations of the retailers’ choice; all with comprehensive reporting and analytics. The result is a world class experience for customers (NPS® of 95) with maximum value for retailers.
Happy Returns’ co-founders met at HauteLook/NordstromRack.com, where they led the creation and launch of the highly successful Return-to-Rack program, in which HauteLook and NordstromRack.com shoppers return online purchases to Nordstrom Rack physical stores. Happy Returns is based in Santa Monica, California and its investors include PayPal, USVP, Upfront Ventures, and Lowercase Capital. For more information, visit www.happyreturns.com