More consumer products companies are turning to direct channels of distribution. When Nike’s new (self-lacing) HyperAdapt sneakers were only available through direct channels at launch. Chapter 10 discusses some of the logic for choosing direct and indirect channels. As you read this article, “ Nike’s HyperAdapt DTC Sales Part of Rising ‘See Now, Buy Now’ Trend ” (brandchannel, December 5, 2016) consider the logic for Nike and other brands discussed. The video below features an interview with some of the innovators behind the Nike HyperAdapt auto-lacing shoes. Why did Nike sell HyperAdapt through direct channels of distribution? Do you think this is a good idea or not? Why or why not?
The What’s Next? box in chapter 10, “Bits and bytes need distribution, too” describes how digital products require many of the same regrouping activities as physical goods. Sean Parker (best known for starting Napster and later as the first president of Facebook) has developed a new product (Screening Room), which would “allow people to watch movies at home on the same day they make their big-screen debuts.” The Screening Room is shaking up Hollywood which is used to a gradual evolution in distribution channels. Most movies play in theaters (where consumers pay relatively higher prices) for their first few months, before moving to [Continue Reading …]