In general, I am opposed to having Amazon transact and fulfill because you don't know who your end customer is. Essentially, you do all the work to market your product and Amazon gets your customer's contact data and you do not. This company appears to be making Amazon work for them and still capture sufficient [...]
Walmart finally coming on strong as a formidable competitor to Amazon. But there is another tidbit in here that is more important for consumer product startups to take note. Walmart is using its data on consumers from online and in-store sales. Why is this important? Startups want to sell online in a big way and [...]
Two links to PDF docs I printed from pay walled websites. Will the death of retail be the net big short? and Amazon and Wal Mart battle for retail’s future. Good articles with insights into the problems, but possible opportunities in retail.
A new breed of retailer emerging, born online and this one using Amazon’s fulfillment capabilities to deliver direct to consumer. Why is this important? Retail is not dieing or dead, just changing to favor those with online capabilities already built and where moving offline becomes easy. This is an interesting way to use Amazon’s FBA/Fulfillment [...]
There are some good nuggets of information here for consumer product companies. The value/success of these tech titans owes to strategies that have elements which a consumer product company may be able to adapt to their own. In particular, pay attention to the first part with discussion of Amazon.
Original entry: 7/1/2017 Updated: 8/16/2017 There's much discussion about this acquisition and its impact on AMZN, WFM, consumers and competitors. I have seen no discussion about the impact on brands and manufacturers in CPG, or as of this writing, not yet. My take is this is another indication of a long-term trend in retail where [...]
How can a local retail store survive, or prosper, in the age of superstores and the Internet market?
This is a Quora question I was asked and here is my answer. I don't work in retail, but sell to retailers, so I can only talk from this perspective. In addition, while I predominantly sell direct-to-consumer with my products, with one of my companies, I have location-based sales that while not pure retail, [...]
Original entry: 5/15/2017 Updated 6/25/2017 There is huge disruption going on at all levels and categories of retail, as far as I can see. This is causing what I call distortion. Distortion in that some brands I see that are killing it at retail, yet cannot get more SKU's placed or placement in more locations [...]