Five At Five: Instagram’s New eCommerce Plan

Five at Five: Payments News

Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes the latest way Instagram wants to appeal to online shoppers, along with fresh data about how fraudsters might attack on Thanksgiving Day. Instacart raises new capital, Berkshire takes a stake in Chase and bitcoin has a bad day.

Instagram Rolls Out Three New Ways to Discover Products to Purchase

Instagram said the new ways to discover items come on the heels of its move in September to expand shopping on Instagram with the rollout of stickers in Stories.

Data: Thanksgiving Day Will See Peak Fraud Attempts

New data shows a projected 14 percent increase in fraud attempts during the upcoming 2018 holiday season, with fraud likely to peak on Thanksgiving Day.

Instacart Raises $271M on $7.8B Valuation

Just last week, the company announced the national expansion of Instacart Pickup, a new grocery click-and-collect service that provides customers with broadened delivery and/or pickup options, enabling them to order via Instacart and pick up the groceries at retailers.

Berkshire Spends $4B for Stake in JPMorgan Chase

Berkshire has around 9 percent stakes in Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and is the top investor in both companies.

Bitcoin Drops Below $6,000

At the same time that bitcoin’s market cap was falling, rival digital currencies Ripple XRP and Ether were battling it out for the second-place spot in terms of digital currencies.



The How We Shop Report, a PYMNTS collaboration with PayPal, aims to understand how consumers of all ages and incomes are shifting to shopping and paying online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research builds on a series of studies conducted since March, surveying more than 16,000 consumers on how their shopping habits and payments preferences are changing as the crisis continues. This report focuses on our latest survey of 2,163 respondents and examines how their increased appetite for online commerce and digital touchless methods, such as QR codes, contactless cards and digital wallets, is poised to shape the post-pandemic economy.