Ecommerce Entertainment Equals Engagement

| Sebastian Hamann

Ecommerce entertainment is a fast-emerging trend merchants will need to build into growth strategies and investment plans. “Showbiz” will be the new ecommerce battleground. The convergence of tech, commerce, brand power and consumer hunger for enjoyable experiences will increasingly drive competitive differentiation.

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Amware Fulfillment Acquired by French Logistics Firm Staci

| Mike O'Brien

Amware Fulfillment, a 3PL focused on direct-to-customer commerce, has been acquired by French logistics provider Staci Group in a marriage that provides customers of both firms with entrance into markets in Europe and the U.S., respectively. The companies will also cross-pollinate their respective technology strengths.

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Branded Group Sued by Acquired Seller for Non-Payment

| Mike O'Brien

Branded Group, a New York-based acquirer of digitally native brands, is being sued by Austin Naturals, a company it purchased in 2021, whose principals allege they are due $1.25M million as part of their agreement. The deferred payment was contingent on Austin Naturals hitting a first-year EBITDA target, which it claims it did.

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Levi Strauss DTC Strength Slips a Notch

| Mike O'Brien

While iconic denim maker Levi Strauss has been a direct-to-consumer sales powerhouse for the past few years, an area where many brands large and small have placed their bets for sustained growth as wholesale has struggled, the company’s DTC numbers slipped a bit in the fourth quarter.

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How Alen Expanded from DTC/Ecomm Onto Lowe’s Shelves

| Mike O'Brien

For 16 years, Alen has been selling its a top-rated air purifiers on Alen.com and Amazon. Now the company has expanded into retail, with product in 300+ Lowe’s stores, with potential for expansion. Alen has seen sales climb 210% growth since 2020. The CEO and the COO of Alen talk about the company’s growth and channel approach.

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DTC Brands: Optimize Packaging to Step Up CX

| Natalia Carr-Balogh

Consumers continue to embrace the ease and convenience of ecommerce, with sales expected to grow 9.4% and cross the $1 trillion mark in 2022, according to Insider Intelligence — and getting packaging right is a major delight factor for them. Here are four ways to make sure your packaging checks all the boxes.

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Open Ecommerce Platforms: Opportunity for Brands

| Ben Eachus

The anytime/anywhere/anyhow expectations of consumers today is increasingly upending the traditional sales funnel for brands, forcing them to think outside the box to best serve their customers. Brands and their shoppers need open systems, ecommerce platforms and services that support these omnichannel demands.

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CPG and its New Direction: Emerging vs. Legacy Brands

| Karla Crawford Kerr

The CPG industry is evolving faster than ever. Nearly everything about the category has changed, including the way brands develop and bring products to market. Also, inflation puts pressure on marketing budgets, loyalty is weakening and younger consumers have higher expectations and tend to be skeptical of advertising efforts.

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Ecommerce Winter or Digital Shelf Spring? Your Call

| Joe Gaudreau

The digital shelf is the ecosystem of how consumers interact with brands and retailers to discover, research and purchase products. To win there and convert more buyers, brands must provide consistent, relevant and up-to-date product information across digital touchpoints, including stores, ecommerce, DTC and social.

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Retailers Defining the Future with Data

| Susan Jeffers

Taking full advantage of big data insights will enable retailers to make quick, informed decisions vs. relying on traditional analytics. They can better understand their customers, track their behaviors, and understand purchase patterns and frequency, in order to market the right products in the right places at the right time.