Beyond pop-ups: How brands look for low-cost ways to test physical retail

Typically, the path to opening a permanent physical store for older DTC brands like Casper and Glossier looked like this: open a few pop-up stores in the cities where most of your customers are, make sure that they're stacked with highly Instagrammable displays and events, and use those pop-ups as a training ground for opening up your own physical retail stores. But even pop-ups that only run for a few months can be expensive. So, many younger brands are trying to strike partnerships with other DTC brands to display product in their stores for a limited period of time, or partner with companies outside of retail to display product or host events

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How Target’s private label strategy is boosting its margins

Target reported better-than-expected earnings results, and its stock has been soaring. Much of its recent success was thanks to its growing private label program, which gave the retailer better margins. The question remains whether the company can sustain this momentum as it scales more lines.

As Kroger Wine expands, more retailers are looking toward alcohol e-commerce

Kroger is continuing to roll out its online wine program. Today, it announced some new features and more locations. Put together, the grocer is trying to be a leader in the alcohol e-commerce space. It's certainly something that's ripe for the picking.

Home Depot's digital investments are not paying off as expected

In 2017, Home Depot unveiled "One Home Depot," which called for the company to invest $5.4 billion over the next three years to improve e-commerce capabilities, add more fulfillment capabilities like buy online, pickup in-store, and to redesign the website for its business-to-business customers, which the company refers to as "Pros." In return, Home Depot expected sales to hit $120 billion by 2020. But, Home Depot is finding that it's taking longer than expected to roll out some of its new capabilities.

Other news to know

  • During its third quarter earnings on Wednesday, Lowe’s reported that its e-commerce business grew by just 3%, while biggest competitor Home Depot reported the day before that online sales grew by 22% during the same period. CEO Marvin Ellison said during a call with investors that e-commerce is “still a bit of a mystery for us,” but that it’s looking to improve growth by revamping its website.
  • Victoria’s Secret continues to lose market share as it struggles with increased competition — from both big-box retailers like Target and Walmart and digitally-native brands. Parent Company L Brands reported during its third quarter earnings on Wednesday that comparable sales at Victoria’s Secret fell 7% quarter-over-quarter. Its Bath and Body Works brand, however, reported comparable sales growth of 9%.
  • PayPal is acquiring Honey, a browser add-on and app which allows customers to track prices and find coupons for particular products. The company said it plans to integrate some of Honey’s features into the PayPal and Venmo apps.
$4 billion
Amount PayPal is paying to acquire Honey
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