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Developing Direct Routes to Market


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Ethan Morgan


Find Out How This Established UK Apparel Brand is Using Multichannel to Outperform the Market

Apparel makers are struggling to stand out from the crowd in a saturated and noisy apparel market, but the latest results from one UK brand have shown that it’s still totally possible to achieve impressive growth after over three decades in business and with sales in 157 countries. Superdry was founded back in 1985 but has embraced the realities of shopping in 2018 with open arms, leading it to post an impressive 25.8% growth in ecommerce revenues in the last year alone.

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How to Make Friends & Sell to People – Brands on Social Media

Shopping has changed. Just as malls and shopping centres rose to prominence as social spaces in the 80s and 90s, so social media has become a central part of how we find and purchase products. Brands have always needed to be available in some way where people are spending their time, whether through branded content, advertising or products available for sale.

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Case Study: Nike's Direct-to-Consumer Play

Nike has been investing heavily in in its direct-to-consumer sales – they’re now worth 29.6% of overall revenue or just over $9 billion in 2017, per Nike’s FY17 financials. That percentage has grown from just 16% in 2011. In this article, we'll be looking at what Nike's direct-to-consumer project looks like and what it means for other apparel brands. 

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Growing Revenue Directly: How Brands Can Win Online

In a challenging consumer goods market where offline retailers are struggling, brands are looking to new revenue sources. Primarily, this takes the form of direct sales through digital channels. Today we’ll cover why and how direct-to-consumer channels offer increased margins, as well as looking at the opportunities they open up in terms of new markets, customer lifetime value, and product development.

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3 Ways Brands & Manufacturers Protect Brand Value Online

The intellectual property to create your specific products is arguably the most crucial thing any brand or manufacturer owns. That brand is the key to differentiation and escaping commoditisation – the race to the bottom, for goods that consumers feel are essentially the same as each other. Branding and emphasis on product elevate a business beyond the price-warfare tier of retail.

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Amazon & Brands: Enemy or Opportunity?

Amazon can seem like a total contradiction to brands. On the one hand, it is a dominant online force receiving 40% of online retail spend in both the UK and the US markets. On the other, there are stories of brands feeling controlled by or beholden to Amazon. So, is Amazon an opportunity or an enemy?

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How to manage product data for B2C success

Increasing direct-to-consumer or B2C sales is a key goal for most consumer goods manufacturers, but many are unsure where to begin. In this series, we’ll be explaining the basic elements that underpin a successful direct-to-consumer project.

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The Amazon eCommerce Dictionary

Selling through Amazon means learning a lot of new information specific to the marketplace platform. To help, we've built this continually updated guide to commonly used terms so that getting through the jungle of content becomes a little easier, and you should find yourself asking "what does [insert acronym here] mean?" just slightly less often.

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How manufacturers are doubling their margins (and winning new business at the same time)

For wholesale-only manufacturers, margin growth is a challenge. Distribution and retail partners push hard to get low buying rates, as they are in turn pressured by shrinking retail margins and lower footfalls in physical stores. 

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The 4 Essentials for Getting Direct-to-Consumer eCommerce Right

First and foremost, manufacturers seriously beginning to establish a direct sales channel should have a clear idea of the opportunity and a plan backed by data. (For more info on either of those points, click through to our run-down on each.)

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