Amazon.com, Inc. has already launched its self-branded smartphones and tablet, but Pacific Crest believes that the e-commerce giant is pushing deeper into creating its private-label apparel, especially to provide clothing items that are currently not accessible at other brands. Based on the growth opportunities present in the apparels category, the firm reiterated its Overweight rating on the company’s stock, along with an $800 target price.
The firm’s premise is based on the assessment of Amazon’s recent job openings. The e-commerce company’s website has numerous openings present in a department labeled “Amazon Private Label team.” The division is looking for brand managers, merchandisers, and inventory planning managers, which indicates that the company is in the process to lay down foundations to expand into private-label apparel industry.
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Having its own clothing brand will Amazon facilitate establishment of higher gross margins and profits, which is common with the private-label apparels’ approach. It ability to scale operations can also drive more meaningful and efficient cost-cutting structure.
The online retail giant enjoys a huge consumer base in apparel space, as more than 40 million consumers are dealt at Amazon Fashion. This platform includes famous brands, such as Van Heusen, PUMA, and Calvin Klein. The company could now use its own apparel line as a bargaining chip against other famous fashion labels, which currently refuse to sell via Amazon, due to its aggressive cost-cutting strategies and lowered margins.
Amazon’s own fashion line could fill in for unavailable brand products on its online platform, and the sales can reduce the traditional players’ market share. At the WWD Apparel and Retail CEO Summit in October, last year, the company’s fashion VP Jeff Yurcisin stated: “When we see gaps, when certain brands have actually decided for their own reasons not to sell with us, our customer still wants a product like that.”
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PG has purchased several electronics and photographic items from Amazon Basics and been pleased with both the price and quality. He’d buy an Amazon t-shirt.