Direct-to-Consumer Food (Short the Butcher Section)

We have spoken a lot about direct-to-consumer digitally native brands having a tremendous — and understated (in restructuring circles) — affect on brick-and-mortar retail. Apparel in particular. PETITION readers are already familiar with Wish, a unicorn shopping platform with a valuation north of $8 billion. It’s secret sauce is allowing consumers to purchase clothes directly from Chinese factories. Imagine all of the middlemen cut out of that equation. No “brand tax” either.

Earlier this week Sequoia Capital China led an investment in Jollychic, a China-based e-commerce startup that lets Middle Eastern shoppers order unbranded products from Chinese factories.

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