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Generic brands are dominating on Amazon and it shows why the online giant struggling to be seen as a fashion destination

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 16 Jan 2020

A new report from Coresight Research revealed that inexpensive, unbranded apparel is dominating on Amazon Fashion.Coresight analyzed the top 30 brands listed on Amazon's dedicated fashion vertical and found that unbranded products were the most listed items on the site.This data is particularly pertinent as Amazon doubles down on its mission to be seen as a fashion destination. While it's a top seller of basics, it has had less success in bringing customers in to shop for more fashionable pieces.Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Cheap, unbranded apparel is leading the pack on Amazon's site, according to a new report from Coresight Research.Coresight looked at nearly 1 million clothing items for men and women across Amazon and found that inexpensive unbranded apparel, dubbed "generic brands," was dominating on the site.Its research showed that the number of listings of these unbranded items had grown by 906% between September 2018 and 2019, overshadowing legacy names such as Nike, Calvin Klein, and Adidas, for example."The "generic" apparel label is applied to over 65,000 products on Amazon Fashion and is, therefore, the most-listed "brand," Coresight analysts wrote in the report. "This is notable as consumers may be seeking more inexpensive, non-branded apparel."This research is particularly interesting as Amazon doubles down on its mission to be seen as a fashion destination. While it is a top seller for basics, the online giant has had less success bringing customers in to shop for more fashionable pieces.But it has been working hard to overcome this, developing many new private label brands, rolling out its Prime Wardrobea try-before-you-buy service with free return shippingand more recently, launching The Drop, a fashion shopping experience that offers on-demand products available for purchase for only 30 hours at a time.Amazon is also said to be making plans to launch a luxury fashion platform that will work similarly to a concession in a high-end specialty store, according to a recent report from WWD.While Amazon told Business Insider that it does not comment on "rumors or speculation," if the site did come to fruition it could play a crucial role in improving its image in the fashion world and helping it to break into the luxury space.SEE ALSO:Costco proves why it's Amazon-proof as stores like Target and Macy's struggleJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Gold can cost $1,500 per ounce ' here's why it's so expensive
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