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1. Women-Led Startups Received Just 2.3 percent of VC Funding in 2020: This wasn’t just part of an overall decrease in VC funding. In 2019, 2.8 percent of funding went to women-led startups; in 2020, that fell to 2.3 percent, Crunchbase figures show. This comes after years of increases. The 2.8 percent figure, while paltry, was an all-time high. – Read More on HBR

2. Target thinks the future of e-commerce is its stores: Target, whose sales grew by more than $15 billion for the fiscal year ending January 30, has focused on making stores the cornerstone of its digital sales, using them as the fulfillment centers for shipping items, or where customers could pick up their online orders if they chose. – Read More on Qz

3. These Are the Retail Trends in Ecommerce for This Year: “Omnichannel as a number one point, having to attend to all channels and have a very clear strategy for marketplaces of physical stores, department stores, ecommerce for different brands and for this we have to work a lot.” – Read More on Entrepreneur

4. Can Buy Now, Pay Later Save Physical Retail? The payment form factor is rapidly on the rise, as some 48 percent of consumers now report they would not shop with a merchant that did not offer credit or some form of BNPL at the point of sale. – Read More on PYMNTS

5. RELATED READ: As Buy Now, Pay Later Services Gain Steam, Regulators Are Paying Attention. Technically speaking, Afterpay (and other similar companies) “skirt the definition of a loan under some U.S. laws,” meaning that it is not subject to the same regulation. However, regardless of how it defines its operations, “the more successful Afterpay becomes, the more likely it will attract regulatory scrutiny.” – Read More on TFL