Wednesday, February 21

The 5 things in DTC you need to know today

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🚨 In today’s newsletter 🚨

  • Amazon's Launchpad Supports D2C Brands

  • D2C Brands Seek Cost Savings Through Outsourced Perishable Goods Fulfillment

  • Retail's Extreme Makeover: Innovate or Evaporate

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#1 - Amazon's Launchpad Supports D2C Brands

The Rundown: Amazon India's Launchpad program provides guidance and support to help direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands and startups successfully sell and scale on Amazon's marketplace.

The details:

  • Over 650 emerging brands showcase over 200,000 unique products across 30 categories

  • Brands like Mamaearth, The Man Company gained popularity via Launchpad

  • During the Great Indian Festival, Launchpad created about 100 millionaire sellers

  • Brands get support on marketing, distribution, daily sales metrics updates to optimize growth

  • Featured brands saw 1.5-10x boosts in revenue and reach within months of joining

Why it matters: Launchpad allows small D2C brands to tap into Amazon's global scale and visibility. For young brands facing challenges in standing out among larger players, it provides a launchpad to rapidly find and access customers. Its comprehensive guidance and selling support helps brands prosper in a competitive landscape. Ultimately, Launchpad fosters entrepreneurship by enabling the next generation of consumer brands.

What D2C Brands Can Learn:

  • Leverage Amazon's marketplace and programs like Launchpad to scale faster

  • Optimize online product listings and search ranking for greater visibility

  • Use data-driven insights to regularly improve marketing and operations

  • Build capabilities early on for digital commerce and online selling

  • Focus on product innovation while relying on Amazon for the rest

  • Customer access and reviews on Amazon build credibility for young brands

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#3 - D2C Brands Seek Cost Savings Through Outsourced Perishable Goods Fulfillment

The Rundown: Direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands built large fulfillment operations during pandemic boom times but are now looking to cut costs by outsourcing shipping and warehousing.

Key Details:

  1. D2C brands scaled up fulfillment capacity quickly when COVID-19 restricted shopping options.

  2. High fulfillment expenses like warehouses and labor are now seen as too costly as growth slows.

  3. Companies like Misfits Market provide plug-and-play perishable fulfillment services to replace excess in-house operations.

  4. Outsourced fulfillment reduces overhead for D2C brands while leveraging specialized provider expertise.

  5. Data-driven inventory management via AI also helps improve efficiency, reduce waste and enhance accuracy.

Actionable Takeaway: As the economy cools, D2C brands can cut costs by outsourcing fulfillment to optimized third-party services specialized in perishable goods.

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#4 - Things Worth Checking Out

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SOCIAL MEDIA - Why DTC brands aren’t swayed by cheaper social media ads

SHOPIFY - Shopify ‘Audiences’ is boosting cookieless ads

NEWS - Mexico’s Antitrust Regulator Says eCommerce Market Needs ‘Corrective Measures’

STOCK - Instacart's laid off "low performers" lament disappointing stock situation

#5 - Retail's Extreme Makeover: Innovate or Evaporate

The Rundown: Shopper expectations for unforgettable, tailored experiences are skyrocketing, pushing many retailers toward vanishing point.

The details:

  • Customer loyalty now depends more on standout experiences than maximizing sales transactions. Failure to shift focus threatens to undermine retail brands with increasing speed.

  • Innovators like Otto and Thomann are rewriting the rules of engagement, using live streams and passionate expert advice to create interactive connections.

  • The bar continues being raised on convenience and sustainability. Ultra-fast delivery or robust refurbished product offerings are becoming the basic experience consumers expect.

  • Many retailers still cling to outdated, transaction-focused mentalities. This widening gap puts them at growing risk of abrupt obsolescence in the eyes of experience-driven consumers.

  • Legacy systems and attitudes compound inertia against changing course. But delayed moves to meet consumer expectations could prove too little, too late.

Why it matters: Shopper demands for remarkable, customized experiences are skyrocketing. Brands unable to rapidly reinvent engagement and convenience face evaporation over the precipice.

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