May 18, 2020
  |   Ecommerce

Household CPG Brand Names Enter DTC Space

Now more than ever, consumers are shopping online for products they would normally purchase during their weekly grocery trips. The drastic shift in online consumer behavior presents an opportunity for CPG brands to make the switch to DTC—something PepsiCo and Ocean Spray recently took full advantage of.

Blue Acorn iCi’s client, Ocean Spray, launched a new line of herbal plant-based beverages under the brand Atoka Wellness. This is Ocean Spray’s first DTC channel, incubated from the company’s innovation group called Lighthouse.

Blue Acorn iCi is excited to be part of Ocean Spray’s DTC journey. Our team built atokawellness.com on Shopify Plus and manages fulfillment, payments & securities, and site operations for the DTC channel.

PepsiCo also made a move into the DTC space with their two sites PantryShop.com and Snacks.com. For PepsiCo, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. While the DTC channel provides added revenue, it also gives the legacy brand owned customer data. PepsiCo can now run experiments on the two websites and use the results to drive decisions across all of their channels.

Hugh Fletcher, head of thought leadership for EMEA and U.K. marketing at Wunderman Thompson Commerce, said in an interview with Adweek, “This is vital because if you own the interface, you own the customer. If you own the customer, you own the data, and if you own the data, you own the future.”

Launching a direct-to-consumer (DTC) site in a competitive market requires taking action quickly and choosing the right digital partner. If your brand is ready to “own the future” with a DTC channel, reach out to us today and get started. We’ve helped a number of brands build and optimize their DTC strategies, including Ocean Spray, Le Creuset, Tibi, and Delish Essentials. 

Shannon Abel
After graduating from Clemson, Shannon started her career in marketing, focusing on content creation and engagement. As Blue Acorn iCi’s Media Marketing Specialist, she keeps clients and customers up-to-date on the latest trends and news in the ecommerce world. She also produces and hosts Blue Acorn iCi's podcast, The Funnel. In her free time, she enjoys running with her dog and checking out the local breweries in Charleston.
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