How can Brands Avoid Retail Arbitrage?

From startups to large established product brands, retail arbitrage impacts most retail brands at some stage in their development. Retail arbitrage is when a reseller buys a product at a very low price (usually on sale) and resells them online (i.e. Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, etc..) for a profit. Some resellers make their entire living off of this strategy.…

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Crowdfunding ain’t easy

It’s April 10, 2012 and a new smart watch company launches its first Kickstarter campaign. 30 days later and they’ve beat all the crowdfunding records — raising $10,266,845. Three years later, they launch again and raise $20,338,986. Man, this Kickstarter thing is easy! A year later, they launch another product and raise $12,779,843. This is like free…

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Scaling vs Stalling Sales at Retail: Proactive vs Reactive Brands

Since Retailbound was founded in 2008, we’ve seen thousands of products launch, fail, succeed, and everything in between in the retail space. There’s a lot to be said about a brand’s likelihood of success by how proactive or reactive the team is in developing and executing retail strategies. Example concepts: Do you treat your retailers…

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Product Startups: Learn the Slow Burn

Have you ever heard the phrase “If it’s too good, then it probably is”? When it comes to establishing your business in retail – whether that be online retailers, distributors, or national chains – this phrase is good to keep in your back pocket when planning your channel and retail growth strategy. In this internet…

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Where’s the Love? Relying on Performance-Based Retail Partners

One of the advantages of working at a full-service retail management firm is that you see all sides of unique challenges and situations consumer brands face when trying to prepare or execute retail initiatives. Of course, there are recurring themes, and one of those themes is misaligned expectations with performance based partners or agents. How…

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The Unsung Reasons Retail is Tough

At Retailbound we work with consumer brands – both large and small – who are either launching a new product in retail or trying to position themselves more competitively in the space. Some obvious topics most companies think about (and sometimes get right) include pricing, packaging, promotional strategies, and which channels they’d like to place…

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The Key to Earning Headlines During the Slowest Time of the Year

Most tech brands, regardless of industry, have asked themselves this question at least once: how can I continue to earn consistent media coverage when either: Our brand isn’t launching a new product for several months? There’s an unexpected delay in product availability? While you might think it’s a good time to wind down on your…

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Common Myths When Selling to Retailers

As a young product brand trying to make it big in the retail space, you get a lot of advice. Some advice may be good while others may be harmful for your product or for your company. In this short blog piece, I want to bust the common myths when selling to retailers. After 10+…

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