Jetblack, Walmart’s new invite-only, personalized shopping service aimed at busy moms in Manhattan and Brooklyn, allows members to get same-day orders fulfilled by texting them in, at $50 a month. It’s the latest example of the beast of Bentonville seeking to go upmarket and out-innovate main rival Amazon.
Visits to leading subscription box sites like Birchbox, Blue Apron and Loot are up nearly 3,000% during the last three years, according to Hitwise data. This has not gone unnoticed by traditional brands and some are now adding subscription services to their traditional product lines. Here are some of the advantages to going the subscription route.