Whale Watching: Many companies earn a huge portion of sales from a few customers

Kathryn Gessner and Kathryn Roethel Rieck contributed to this report. Historically, whales have gotten a bad rap. In Greek mythology, whales were depicted as ferocious sea monsters, and we all know how Moby Dick ends. However, for many consumer businesses, the “whales” are a prized catch. The term refers to the big spenders, high-rollers, and … Continued

Why Stitch Fix isn’t like Blue Apron (and how it stacks up in its own industry)

Guest author John Shostrand contributed to this report. The popular clothing-subscription company Stitch Fix filed for its much-anticipated IPO last week, and investors can’t wait to see what it will become. One thing it probably won’t be, though, is another Blue Apron. Blue Apron debuted on Wall Street in June as one of the worst-performing … Continued