As Katrina Lake steps down, Stitch Fix is preparing for its next phase of growth

On Tuesday, Katrina Lake, announced that she would be stepping down as CEO in August. Replacing her is Elizabeth Spaulding, who joined Stitch Fix as president last January after spending 20-plus years at Bain & Company. Lake's resignation comes as Stitch Fix has been investing in giving customers more ways to buy and select clothes, which hints at what Stitch Fix's next phase of growth under Spaulding might look like.

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Logistics, third-party sellers & Alexa: What to know from Amazon’s investor letter

In his investor letter, Jeff Bezos confirmed that Amazon Prime now has “more than 200 million subscribers” worldwide. But beyond that top-line figure, a few other numbers in the Bezos letter illustrate exactly where that growth is coming from -- and largely confirm existing speculation about the ascendancy of Amazon’s third-party sellers, its accelerating logistics footprint and the growth of its Alexa system.

How online florist UrbanStems leaned in on self gifting to grow sales

Flower delivery became a big winner during the pandemic. The category, which taps into the socially-distanced gifting trend, saw major growth, especially during celebrations and holidays. Now, DTC players like UrbanStems are looking for ways to retain their new cohort of customers with self-gifting and add-ons.

Amazon Briefing: Why Amazon is investing in physical grocery stores

In under a year, Amazon has laid the groundwork for a national, physical grocery chain. And that increased expansion comes right as Amazon shuttered one of its longest-running online food businesses, Amazon Pantry, in January. In general, the company appears to have acknowledged that, in order to gain a foothold in the grocery market, it needs physical locations to complement its e-commerce might.

Other news to know

  • Target is opening a handful of so-called “sortation centers in Minneapolis” as it’s testing out a new way of delivering online orders. Currently, Target fulfills most of its online orders from its stores, but is looking at adding more centers dedicated to fulfilling online orders in select cities to see if it can make the process more efficient.
  • Walmart said in a press release that it plans to shift more of its store worker roles to full-time, with the expectation that two-thirds of its hourly associates will be full-time by the end of January 2022.
  • Macy’s is planning to open 45 more shops under its discount Backstage banner, which would bring the total of Macy’s Backstage stores to 270 by the end of the year. Macy’s first launched the Backstage banner in 2015.
Amount of Target's orders that were fulfilled by its stores during its fourth quarter


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Amazon's failed union vote isn't slowing retail worker collectives

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DTC Briefing: Founders are rethinking their Clubhouse usage

When Clubhouse first launched last April, founders flocked to the app as they were looking for more ways to meet fellow entrepreneurs while the world was still socially distancing. Months later, some of their initial excitement for their app has faded as they are trying to limit their usage to tuning into talks they feel like will actually, tangibly, help them in their business.

Why Grove Collaborative is launching at Target

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