Stitch Fix

Billion-Dollar Unicorns: Is Stitch Fix The Next Blue Apron?

Revenues for the first quarter grew 25.2% to $295.6 million, ahead of analyst estimates of $295 million.<p>Revenue growth was attributed to the 29.7% …

Business

Retail's Big Show: A Few Key Takeaways

Every year 35,000 or so of my closest friends assemble in New York City for the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show”–a three day extravaganza featuring dozens of presentations, a huge technology EXPO and networking, networking, networking. During my 25+ year career as an executive (at Neiman …

Trends

Can a clothing subscription service cure my unhealthy online shopping habit?

Once upon a time, I was an underpaid magazine journalist with expensive taste.<p>Saturdays were spent scouring Twin Cities thrift stores and upscale …

Lifestyle

3 Ways Voice AI Will Change the Way We Shop in 2018

I’ve seen the rise of mobile and omnichannel retail from within the industry. Ten years ago, when I worked at Walmart.com, Amazon was becoming a …

Digital Marketing

In A Direct-To-Consumer World, It's Time To Move To The Four S's

In 2012, Dollar Shave Club burst on the scene with not much besides a brash, quirky video and new idea for selling razors and razor blades through the mail. DSC’s razors were nothing special — they were the same Dorco blades you could buy anywhere. But DSC wasn’t really selling razors — it was …

Marketing

How to Thrive on Thin Margins In the Subscription Box Industry

A subscription program's success depends on finding and using data to ensure it's well-designed and efficiently run<p>Founder and CEO of OceanX<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The subscription box business model is tough to execute, and Blue Apron's tough sledding after its …

Blue Apron

Male Coders Who Drop Out of College Are Heroes in Silicon Valley—but What About the Women?

The College Dropouts Who Made It Big is not a new phenomenon, particularly in the tech industry. There’s Bill Gates, who left Harvard to found Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen—a Washington State University dropout. Before building Uber, Travis Kalanick abandoned UCLA to launch …

Michelle Obama

How Dropbox Could Lead a Charge of Tech IPOs in 2018

As file storage company Dropbox Inc. reportedly preps for a long-awaited IPO this year, many industry watchers believe it could trigger an onslaught …

Tech Industry

Companies race to gather a newly prized currency: Our body measurements

The first step for a shopper buying a suit at the fast-growing menswear retailer Indochino is sharing his personal information: A salesperson armed with an iPad measures nearly everything on his body, from the distance between his belly button and rear to the circumference of his knees.<p>The next …

J.C. Penney

US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months.<p>After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. They participated in fewer deals and invested …

Venture Capital

How brand managers use Facebook Messenger to woo customers

Gone are the days where customer questions, complaints and commentary reach businesses via phone, email or even Twitter.<p>Facebook Messenger for …

Marketing

Online services: Are subscriptions slowly making you poor?

You might not be spending hundreds of dollars every month for various subscription services, as some Millennials reportedly do. But you may be spending a lot more than you realize.<p>Instamotor, a car-buying site, recently polled 600 people ages 18 to 34 and discovered 56 of them — nearly one in 10 — …

Money

DealBook Briefing: JPMorgan Shows Wall Street Is Still Hurting

<i>Good Friday morning. This just in: JPMorgan reported a big hit from the tax bill and a plunge in fixed-income trading. The dirty business of overhauling immigration law. And the cloud that hung over Walmart yesterday. A note to readers: We’ll be off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. See you</i> …

Business

Rihanna or Serena? The Endorsement Puzzle for Women's Sportswear

To market women’s sportswear, industry executives have long grappled with a perennial debate: Are celebrities or sports stars more effective endorsers?<p>In the case of German brand Puma SE, its 2014 decision to sign pop star Rihanna as a creative director appears to have paid off. Annual sales have …

Business

VCs Spend Billions To Back Startups, But Deals Decline

Putting up numbers not seen since the early 2000s, venture capitalists shelled out $84 billion to fund U.S. startups last year.<p>That’s according to …

Venture Capital

Stitch Fix - The Ecosystem Of Fashion

More and more companies have announced subscriptions boxes in recent months as demand for the offering increases.<p>Stitch Fix has developed its …

Business

How Amazon Could Steal The Mid-Tier Luxury Market

Amazon has been struggling to recruit luxury brands to sell their good on its platform, but there is one way that it could make its marketplace more of a destination for shoppers looking for certain tiers of luxury products. Amazon could launch vertically integrated, mass-customized brands of its …

Hugo Boss

VCs invested the most capital in 2017 since the dotcom era

Although 2017 is deemed to have been one of the worst years for tech (think Uber, sexual harassement, and net neutrality), startups in Silicon Valley haven’t suffered from a shortage of capital. Quite the opposite, actually.<p>According to a report released by PitchBook and the National Venture …

Venture Capital

Multithreaded in the Wild | Stitch Fix Technology – Multithreaded

Hello Stitch Fix followers, check out what our fellow Stitch Fixers are doing in the first month of the New Year.<p>Santa Clara, CA<p>Neelesh Salian, part …

Data Science

The New Fundamentals of Manufacturing

Agility has never been more critical to success in the fashion industry. BoF breaks down how brands big and small are streamlining their supply …

Trends

We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!

Learning Strategies<p>We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!<p>By Crystal Marshall-Krauss     Jan 8, 2018<p>Carrie Trudden<p>As I sat …

Creative Commons

A look at retailers' new jobs amid a changing landscape

NEW YORK – Confronting changing shopper habits and increased competition from online sellers, retailers are creating new jobs at their stores and redefining employee duties. Here's a look at some new positions and shifting roles at major retailers.<p>WALMART:<p>PERSONAL SHOPPERS: These workers fill …

Business

Here’s what happened when I tried 4 clothing subscription services to “adult” my work wardrobe

The lowdown on using StitchFix, Le Tote, MM.LaFleur and Trunk Club.<p>I wasn’t dressed for success.<p>Early in 2017, I returned to full-time work after …

Clothing

Unicorns Need IPOs

Get ready for the Unicorn Jailbreak. Tech stocks have taken off this year like a bat out of hell. But several hundred startups valued at over $1 billion, so-called unicorns, are watching with envy. Sure, 57 startups became unicorns in 2017, according to Recode. Their valuations are rising with …

Opinion

Nike's 'Reverse Auction' Review Is Bad Omen for Agencies

Nike is taking a fresh look at its digital agencies with a "reverse auction" style global review in which it is collecting rate information, …

Advertising Industry

Plus Size Clothing Box Subscription Reviews

Plus Size Clothing Boxes are all the rage anymore — these reviews will help you pick the best one for you!<p>Plus size clothing. It can be a real …

Shopping

Another big Amazon acquisition, a Peloton IPO — and other commerce predictions for 2018

If 2017 is any indication, 2018 will be a big year for e-commerce and retail.<p>A year ago, I had some success when I correctly forecasted Stitch Fix would be one of three hot e-commerce companies that could have surprise IPOs in 2017. My other two nominees — Chewy and Casper — didn’t go public, but …

eCommerce

Events As First-Class Citizens

We’ve all heard of events and event-driven programming, but in my experience, events are not used nearly enough in our (software) lives. We often …

Stitch Fix +5% on down day for brick-and-mortar apparel

Stitch Fix (NASDAQ:SFIX) is back over $25 with a strong 5% move today.<p>The bounce is running counter to the down day across the apparel store …

Business

Vipshop: 300% Upside Potential

Dominant company in a niche market. ROIC > 40%.<p>72% cheaper than its public competitors.<p>50% cheaper than private sector valuations.<p>Intrinsic value is …

Business