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Why DTC cookware brand Material is seeking out retail partnerships

There are so many DTC cookware brands it's hard to keep them straight. Now, these players are growing and trying to stay alive by expanding product lines and inking retail partnerships. The latest example is Material, which is now partnering with the furniture brand West Elm.

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  • NOV 05, 2019

    Despite resale’s unprofitability, investors aren’t deterred

    The RealReal's latest earnings results showed the company still in the red, but growing revenue. Wall Street considered it an overall success. Most companies in the resale space are trying to grow quickly, and have yet to turn a profit. Despite that, investors continue to be interested in the space.

  • NOV 05, 2019

    The case for and against the DTC holding company

    Direct-to-consumer brands were born out of the idea that the Procter & Gambles of the world weren't doing a good job anymore of addressing consumer needs. Now some of them want to become the next Procter & Gamble.

  • NOV 04, 2019

    Despite attribution challenges, DTC brands love direct mail

    Direct-to-consumer brands are starting to invest more in traditional advertising channels, like billboards, television and direct mail as consumers' inboxes or Instagram feeds are getting clogged with ads from competitors. Brands who spoke with Modern Retail say that direct mail is proving to be a small, but useful part of their marketing mix to reach a select group of high-intent customers.

  • NOV 01, 2019

    Partnerships now make up nearly 20% of weighted blanket brand Gravity’s revenue

    Over the past year, weighted blanket brand Gravity Products has started to partner more with brands on product collaborations in order to lessen its reliance on selling directly to consumers. Today, Gravity announced that it's partnering with DTC mattress brand Purple on a product collaboration. CEO Mike Grillo said that partnerships now make up nearly 18% of Gravity's revenue, up from 2% last year.

  • OCT 29, 2019

    DTC companies are building corporate gifting programs to acquire customers more quickly

    Some direct-to-consumer companies are slowly building out corporate gifting programs, as they look for more ways beyond paid advertising to reach large groups of potential new customers. Bombas piloted a corporate gifting program for the first time last year. Today, it has a team of three that manages corporate sales, two members of which were just hired in June, according to chief marketing officer Kate Huyett.

  • OCT 24, 2019

    To stave off growth woes, DTC brands partner with others to create marketplaces

    Brooklinen announced a new marketplace called Spaces. It partnered with other DTC brands to sell adjacent but not competitive goods on the bedding company's website. It's indicative of a growing business trend where brands are banding together to try and maintain growth.

  • OCT 21, 2019

    How Affirm plans to make buy now, pay later as common as credit cards

    As buy now, pay later financing models start to gain more traction among younger customers, the businesses powering these transactions are also looking for more ways to keep customers shopping within their network of retailers. Affirm, founded in 2013 is one such business, and last week launched a redesigned mobile app that's designed to encourage customers to turn to Affirm to finance more of their purchases.

  • OCT 16, 2019

    How brands try to make customer lifetime value and retention rates look as good as possible

    Brands, especially venture-backed ones, live and die by a few metrics. Customer lifetime value and retention rates are especially critical in proving to investors that their company is worthy of being valued at five times or ten times revenue.

  • OCT 15, 2019

    New sites are helping customers make sense of the DTC landscape

    New and existing sites are increasingly seeing an opportunity in helping both shoppers and industry members make sense of the growing DTC landscape. The founders of these sites say that because it's easier now than ever before to start a new brand, and many of these brands gain traction through a mix of paid Facebook and Instagram ads, influencer partnerships, and affiliate deals, it's hard for even someone who works in the consumer industry to understand which new mattress or razor is best.

  • OCT 08, 2019

    Without first-time customer discounts, DTC brands try to find new ways to collect emails

    Email addresses have become the currency of choice for direct-to-consumer brands. As a result, many DTC brands offer customers a discount off their first order, if they sign up for the company's email list

  • OCT 08, 2019

    DTC brands are using hybrid chatbots for customer service

    Chatbots were all the rage a few years ago, but consumers never took to them. Now, DTC brands are using a mixture of AI and human-based chat technology to better handling customer service.

  • OCT 02, 2019

    ‘We are a lifestyle brand’: Food52 will sell $30 million worth of products this year

    Food52 just sold a majority stake to The Chernin Group. According to the company, what propelled the deal was the commerce strategy it put in place. Now, with the cash infusion, the home and kitchen site plans to invest even more into both online and physical retail.

  • JAN 14, 2020
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    Staying relevant in a fast-paced industry: A health and beauty company's guide

    A growing number of health and beauty brands are turning to cloud-based systems that can handle customer, financial and inventory data across all processes, from production to payment.

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