Branded dairy firms like Dean Foods are feeling the pinch as large retailers sharply discount milk prices to attract customers. "With Walmart running scared of hard discounters ALDI and Lidl, as well as e-commerce retailers like Amazon, we expect this pricing pressure to continue, even as milk input costs begin to rise over the coming months," said analysts from Bernstein.
RBC Capital's Mark Mahaney believes that Snapchat's average revenue per user hit $1.19 in the second quarter, representing a year-over-year increase of 138%. Facebook's average revenue per user was $2.14 when it went public, but the company was over twice the size of Snapchat, write Kurt Wagner and Rani Molla.
Consumers are growing increasingly drawn to private-label products, which can help retailers build brand loyalty and boost profits, write Karen and Neil Gwartzman, founders of the Private Label University. Successful private-label brands place a premium on attractive packaging and high-quality items and understand both their customers and the competition.