Liquidation startup B-stock gets $65M investment

B-Stock, a B2B marketplace solution for retailers to sell their returned, excess and other liquidation inventory, has acquired $65 million in funding from Spectrum Equity. The milestone marks the first time PE funding has been pumped into the reverse supply chain and liquidation sector. The investment reinforces B-Stock’s 10-year history of profitable growth and will drive the expansion of …

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SDCE 100 Names Best Supply Chain Projects for 2018

The 2018 SDCE 100 shines the spotlight on the industry’s most successful and transformative projects that deliver value to enterprises across a range of supply chain functions. Enabler: B-Stock Customer: Fortune 500 Home Improvement Retailer Project Goal: Branded B2B marketplace for returned, excess and other liquidation inventory Solutions: B-Stock’s Enterprise PaaS, Auction Strategy, Demand Generation Business Impact: B-Stock launched a …

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Getting Out From Under All Those Ecommerce Returns

With ecommerce sales expected to top $1 trillion by 2027 according to FTI Consulting, it’s only a matter of time before online sales capture a hefty share of total retail sales, up from around 9% currently. But as any merchant knows, the spike in online purchases brings an inevitable rise in ecommerce returns. Buyer’s remorse plays a large …

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Could you make a profit from your dead stock?

Although ecommerce has made retail more accessible to the public, it has taken away the advantage of being able to see a product “in the flesh” before making the decision to purchase it. With goods such as clothing, this is an important aspect of a sale. As such, the rise of ecommerce has brought with it a …

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Used phones cutting into sales of new devices

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about how changing smartphone markets are opening up business opportunities in the used phone sector. According to the article, five years ago, about half of used phones purchased from auctions run by California-based B-Stock Solutions went to U.S. buyers, and the other half went to customers internationally. Now, about …

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Creating Value from Returns – Through Liquidation

In an effort to drive customer loyalty, retailers are stepping up their game when it comes to the ease of returning items: special ‘returns’ entrances, pop up kiosks at the mall for items purchased online, year-long deadlines, third-party apps, and label-free returns are among the options. But a happy return for the customer is a …

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Longer upgrade cycles and growing purchases of used smartphones said to threaten iPhone sales

Longer upgrade cycles and an increasing number of consumers opting to buy used models poses a threat to future sales of flagship models from the likes of Apple and Samsung, argue industry commentators. Back in 2014, the average upgrade cycle was 23 months – likely attributable to most consumers upgrading every two years, while a …

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