Brandless announced it was pivoting to CBD earlier this summer. Now we get a glimpse at what this looks like, while other companies make similar moves.
There's a growing group of business evangelists online who love to wax philosophic about DTC brands. But it's not only a pocket of Twitter, but a thriving social network of entrepreneurs, VCs and consultants. But does it run the risk of becoming too much of a clique?
Instacart just announced that Seth Dallaire is its new chief revenue officer. Dallaire is an Amazon advertising veteran, who helped build the company's now multi-billion dollar business. His track record points to new horizons for the grocery delivery company.
Amazon’s got a thriving market for fake reviews. This black market lives mostly in chat and social platforms; Facebook is where it really thrives.
As Walmart continues to try to innovate and stay ahead of the competition, it says adult beverages is part of the equation. Alcohol, however, is a hard industry for large traditional retailers to scale. But as other retailers and platform begin to experiment in the space, it's clear alcohol is going to become a huge competitive battleground.
As DTC brands grow, they face the issue of copycats encroaching on their space. This is increasingly becoming an issue founders are being forced to reckon with. The latest example is Ro, which noticed that competitor Hims had a UX almost identical to its own.
Returns are one of the most ubiquitous part of the online shopping process. They are also extremely expensive -- as well as difficult to accurately quantify. For DTCs, returns are one of the large-yet-invisible problems continually hampering the bottom line.
While Amazon continues to rule retail, traditional companies like Target and Walmart are strategizing to fight. Here are some of the ways the companies use private labels and their own stores to stay relevant and competitive.
This past year, Dollar General has excelled, even ahead of the pack in other dollar store categories, thanks to a series of programs aimed at trimming margins and enticing customers. These include opening a number of new stores, investing in private-label brands as well as building out in-house logistics programs. Put together, Dollar General is creating a multi-pronged dollar store expansion strategy.
Google search is becoming less of a way for people to find links and more a destination for answers. As a result, marketers who once relied on the platform to facilitate transactions are forced to re-think their strategies.
Fashion subscription service Le Tote announced it was buying Lord & Taylor for $100 million. At first glance, it's an example of a digitally native company trying to enter the big leagues. But it remains to be seen if the bet will pay off.
Target just announced that its opened around 100 small format stores. These curated shops -- generally in metropolitan locations -- have helped the big box retailer expand and provide more localized offerings. But past retailers have made the same scaled-back attempt and failed.
As Trump's increased China tariffs continue to take a toll on the US economy, many smaller DTC businesses are faced with some tough choices. But for most, it's not simply as easy as moving manufacturing out of the country.
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