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After a wave of grant and mentorship programs, Black founders are looking for more longterm support

Last year, the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests created a call for brands and retailers to do more to support Black-owned business. The answer, for many, was to create mentorship and grant programs for Black-owned businesses last year, for the first time. A year later, five Black business owners offered their reflections on these programs to Modern Retail.

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  • JUN 04, 2021

    How fashion rental services are trying to win back subscribers

    Before the pandemic, there was an explosion in new rental services as even retailers including Bloomingdale’s and Urban Outfitters, Inc. took up the trend. But when the pandemic hit, many of these companies took a hit as users paused their memberships and took up loungewear. Now, fashion rentals are focused on catering to users who have reactivated their accounts in time for summer gatherings.

  • JUN 03, 2021

    With Depop acquisition, Etsy is building a ‘house of brands’ to fend off marketplace competition

    This week, Etsy announced that it has acquired Depop, a clothing resale app for $1.6 billion. That announcement comes nearly two years after Etsy acquired Reverb, a marketplace for new and used music gear. In its press release, Etsy laid out its rationale for acquiring Depop: It help Etsy further its "house of brands" strategy, in which it will operate the three marketplaces  separately -- Etsy, Depop and Reverb -- but share technology, marketing, product and customer services staff.

  • JUN 03, 2021

    How ice cream brand Eclipse tackled grocery store expansion

    When it launched at the end of 2019, dairy alternative brand Eclipse was focused on selling wholesale ice cream to service shops. However, when the pandemic hit a few months into its launch, the company's co-founders decided to bet on retail by packaging and shipping product to grocery stores.

  • JUN 01, 2021

    Despite demand for delivery, gig companies are grappling with worker shortages

    Gig workers have always faced issues related to pay and workload, but many of those came to a head during the pandemic. In retail, the pandemic drove demand for delivery services. Now, as the United States begins to reopen, platforms that facilitate rideshares and deliveries are offering short term incentives to workers amongst workforce shortages, but many don’t think these changes will be enough to support them financially.

  • MAY 27, 2021

    Why Walmart is increasingly working with celebrity influencers on private labels

    Walmart continues to use celebrity influencers as anchors for its private label lines. The retailer's new collaboration, a crafting brand headed by interior designer Todd Oldham, is the latest in a series of expert influencer partnerships. In the past year, Walmart has tapped fashion designer Brandon Maxwell to oversee two fashion brands, as well as working with larger celebrities like DeGeneres, Sofia Vergara and Drew Barrymore on lifestyle lines.

  • MAY 27, 2021

    Bacardi is releasing a record number of new products in anticipation of the ‘Roaring ’20s’

    In a bid to ride the post-pandemic sales boom, Bacardi North America is launching a record amount of new products this year. The privately-held parent company of brands like Bacardi Rum and Patron is set to launch over 40 new products this year, which a brand spokesperson said is the most launched in a single year in the company's 159-year history.  Many of the launches have been and will be in trending subcategories like ready-to-drink (RTD) and low-alcohol-by-volume (low-ABV).

  • MAY 24, 2021

    Startups are feeling the heat over rising raw materials costs

    After a year of supply chain headaches, brands now have a new challenge to grapple with: the rising costs of commodities and raw materials. Many of the raw materials that startup food and beverage brands rely on have risen in price. As a result, brands that are experiencing a rise in costs of materials often have to cut costs elsewhere -- or, pass it on to customers as a last resort.

  • MAY 24, 2021

    Hair color brand Madison Reed is doubling down on physical salons

    For the past year, the ongoing lockdowns had customers turning to at-home hair coloring and treatments, giving brands like Madison Reed an opportunity to grow sales. Now that salons are reopening and events are returning, the brand is looking to expand its physical footprint to continue its momentum.

  • MAY 20, 2021

    CPG giants are rushing to acquire new types of health and wellness startups

    With the wellness trend continuing to infiltrate more categories, big CPG companies -- including Nestle, Unilever and Mars Inc, among others -- are adding more health-focused brands to their portfolios. Some of these recent startup acquisitions include Nestle's purchase of Nuun and The Bountiful Company, along with Unilever's buyout of Liquid IV and Onnit.

  • MAY 18, 2021

    Wholesalers are testing out digital marketplaces

    Compared to most consumer-facing companies, wholesale has been slowly to adapt to many of the biggest e-commerce trends in retail. But the high-profile entrance of a major wholesale business marks the beginning of a bigger trend. What's more, it suggests that B-to-B online marketplaces are poised to become the next big shift in retail.

  • MAY 14, 2021

    How online grocers are trying to resurrect milkman-style routes with recurring deliveries

    While the current grocery delivery trend is to optimize for speed, not all analysts agree and startup CEOs see it as a viable or sustainable tactic. “This whole idea of speed of delivery is I think equivalent to the bridge to nowhere,” said Bill Bishop, an industry analyst who founded the research firm Brick Meets Click.

  • MAY 12, 2021

    Why equity crowdfunding is becoming more popular among digitally-native brands

    The face of venture capital fundraising is changing, with crowdfunding taking center stage. After years of relying on VCs, lenders and bootstrapping to scale, some founders are giving crowdfunding a second look. Thanks to platforms like Republic, connecting with dozens of enthusiastic investors is paying off.

  • JUN 10, 2021

    Virtual event: Product detail pages — the next battleground for Amazon ads

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