Follow in the footsteps of other digitally native brands that have gone click to brick like Bonobos, Warby Parker, Framebridge and Tuft & Needle, Wayfair this week opened its first physical store in the Natick Mall in Natick, MA, outside its Boston headquarters. This trend shows that brands starting online acknowledge the power of the store.
Walmart reported a 37% increase in ecommerce sales in Q2, the same as in Q1 and supported by strong growth in grocery, as its massive digital investments and focus continue to pay off in its locked battle with Amazon. The company is projecting full-year ecommerce growth of 35%, leveraging its huge store base for fulfillment.
So-called “geek gear” subscription box seller Loot Crate, an early leader in the now red-hot category, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as cash runs low, according to various media reports. The company has a white knight buyer in the wings, a major collectible manufacturer and distributor that took on its debt.
These days, it’s easier than ever to enter the ecommerce market. DIY platforms and services that help brands sell online abound. The range of digital marketplaces keep expanding, and the barriers to entry keep shrinking for both B2B and B2C brands. Here are some best practices for launching your brand’s ecommerce platform.