V. Competitive Analysis
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Direct & Indirect Competitors
Press-on Tees operates an online service that connects millions of buyers and sellers of print-on-demand products. If you’ve dreamed up a catchy slogan or an arresting image, the company’s flagship website will print it for you on a T-shirt, hat, mug, poster, or other product; post it on cafepress.com for sale; and then ship it off and collect payments, keeping a nominal base fee for itself. The company boasts more than 19 million members across all of its properties. Founded in 1999, Press-on Tees went public in 2012.
Bubble Tees operates as an online marketplace that facilitates the sale and purchase of art and designs on a range of products between independent creatives and consumers in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It provides an Internet based marketplace platform and associated logistics services to facilitate the sale of goods from artists to those who want to purchase goods bearing the artists’ designs. The company enables 600,000 independent artists to sell their designs, such as apparel, stationery, housewares, bags, wall art, etc. It offers its services through its Website and three foreign language sites. The company was founded in 2006.
Founded in 2012, T-Shirt Republic is an ecommerce platform that connects independent artists with their fans and allows them to sell their art on t-shirts, apparel, and accessories. Artists simply upload their design to the site, and T-Shirt Republic fulfills all orders.
Artists may join, upload, and sell designs without a charge from the platform. T-Shirt Republic pays commission on each sale. In addition, the site encourages both artists and non-artists to create affiliate pages, where they maintain a storefront for their and/or others’ designs. This business model appears to take advantage of each storefront’s marketing capability to help spread awareness, in a social commerce way. Affiliates also earn a commission from each sale.
[Company Name] enjoys several advantages over its competitors. These advantages include:
- Locally-Made t-shirts: [Company Name] will work with the best local suppliers and artists for its items, ensuring that 90% of items will come from within a 100 mile radius of the store. Local residents appreciate support for local businesses and tourists appreciate that they will find items that they cannot find where they are from.
- Management: Our management team has years of business experience that allows us to sell to and serve customers in a much more sophisticated manner than our competitors.
- Relationships: Having lived in the community for [x] years, [Founder’s Name] knows all of the local leaders and newspapers, as well as furniture suppliers. As such, it will be relatively easy for us to build branding and awareness of our store and to establish a product line.