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subscription commerce / April 5, 2019

Measuring the Power of Subscription Services

Do they really drive incremental spend?

A recent study of half a million consumers conducted by Publicis/Sapient and Salesforce found that although 50% of first-time shoppers start with a retailer, only 34% return for their second purchase.

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subscription commerce / January 30, 2019

Apple Seeds the Subscription Economy

As super-retailers join the subscription game, relationship commerce is more important than ever

Earlier this week, Cheddar revealed that Apple is planning to roll out a subscription-based gaming service, like a Netflix of video games. This is a significant move for the mega-retailer, which is looking to subscription services as its hardware sales have plateaued.

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subscription commerce / December 13, 2018

Subbing In

Corporations are discovering the joys of subscription commerce

Microsoft and Adobe are having banner years, but if you think those impressive financials are thanks to relentless commitment to innovation, think again. A recent piece in Barron’s suggests that good, old-fashioned subscriptions are to thank.

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subscription commerce / December 10, 2018

Meal Kits Are Dead, Long Live Meal Kits

Supermarkets are reviving the flagging meal kit industry 

Driven by niche offerings, data-driven customer insights, and incessant podcast advertising, meal kits were a hot-ticket item as recently as a couple of years ago.

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subscription commerce / September 4, 2018

Turning Data into Dollars

3 key ways data science powers Relationship Commerce.

Mention the term “data science” at a party and people’s eyes will glaze over; mention it an an investor meeting and suitcases of cash will materialize. Mention it anywhere else and people will congratulate you on combining two buzzy words into an even buzzier phrase, but will have very little idea of what you’re talking about.

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subscription commerce / August 1, 2018


Subscriptions drive customer lock-in, but that's not necessarily bad for the customers. 

In a recent op-ed over at The New York Times, University of Chicago economics professor Austan Goolsbee sounded an alarm around customer lock-in, the phenomenon where consumers rely on a single retailer for products or services because of high switching costs.

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