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The self-proclaimed “Nike of sleep” proves there’s no such thing as a $1 billion mattress company

Casper — the original DTC darling and self-proclaimed “Nike of sleep” — is now proof that there’s no such thing as a $1 billion mattress company.

In a whirlwind two years, the mattress-in-a-box company has gone from being the lead disrupter in the ‘sleep economy’ with a value of $1.1…

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Some investors warn that the eyewear company is being viewed through rose-tinted glasses

$6 billion: Warby Parker’s staggering valuation after its stock prices soared 36% during its debut on the stock market last Wednesday.

Many eyeballs were fixed on Warby Parker’s stock market debut on September 29, eager to see how the market would react to a DTC brand going public. The company…


McDonalds is the latest chain to offer a loyalty rewards program

6000: That’s how many points you need to get a free Happy Meal in McDonald’s new loyalty program, aptly named MyMcDonalds Rewards, which begins its nationwide launch on July 8th.

McDonald’s is the latest in a long line to run a rewards program. Chipotle launched one in 2019. Taco Bell

Pivots in the business world shape the stories that brands tell us, in turn influencing how consumers view the world

Late last year, Disney announced a major reorganization prioritizing its streaming-video services. CEO Bob Chapek said that the move was a recognition of how consumers had changed their consumption habits amid the pandemic, favoring streaming platforms over movie theaters, as well as traditional broadcast and cable channels. Disney reoriented its…

Number Crunch

How the rapper-turned-designer is revolutionizing the face of Gap with his latest Yeezy drop

$200: That’s how much Gap’s first piece of clothing with Yeezy is retailing for since rapper and fashion designer Kanye West inked a 10-year deal with the retail giant last year.

Limited edition crossover products often arrive with huge levels of hype and quickly attract a price to match. To…


It’s not just a 3-digit number but a kind of secret handshake that locals — and consumers in-the-know — can recognize

In a remarkable case of a company tucking its tail between its legs, headwear giant New Era last month apologetically pulled its “Local Market” line of baseball caps from its website after they were subjected to vigorous mockery on social media. The caps were similar to those that New Era…


After the devastating impacts of the pandemic, retail is being forced to redefine the role of the brick-and-mortar store

Retail has endured one of its most difficult spells to date. The pandemic has ripped through the heart of the retail sector, severely reducing customer footprint and forcing periods of closure for stores not deemed essential. Many never reopened. A record 12,200 stores closed in the U.S. in 2020, and…


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