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For the longest time, the Indian market has relied on a traditional retail structure. Of course, we blaze a trail when it comes to traditions. But we are never behind in evolving with time and modernizing with trends. With the help of digital technologies and a focus on consumer preferences, things are starting to change! 

And guess what? The e-commerce landscape is also changing with the evolution of consumer preferences. Their curiosity about what, when, and how they receive their product, their awareness of sustainability, and their preference for customization have significantly influenced the exponential growth of D2C brands in India over the last few years.

Some of the well-known brands we all must have heard of are BoAt, Mamaearth, and WOW Skincare. These brands quickly solidified their position in the Indian market. With their wide range of products, these brands have built a community of customers who prefer to buy from them directly. This new approach expands the horizon of new trends and curiosities. Let’s explore these in detail in this blog. 

Some questions that might come to your mind are: Why do people believe in buying directly from these brands? Are they more reliable than other existing selling channels? Most importantly, are they outdoing the services provided by marketplaces? If yes, then how? Let’s have a closer look at the answers to all these questions!

Why are People Buying Directly from the Brands?

The secret lies in the 3Cs: community, connection, and customization. Many D2C brands have unlocked their success by building the community. Whether it’s an apparel, electronic, or FMCG brand, they connect people to one idea. And promoting that idea is a new trend that provides a sense of connection among the people. 

Next, altering the product or any service according to the consumers is an important part of the D2C model. Since the producers are the sole distributors here, customers would like to stay where they feel important, and hence, they would like to buy from the brand directly. 

Are D2C More Reliable than Existing Selling Channels?

Relying on the marketplace or directly on the brand solely depends on trust. If a customer is buying directly from the brand, that means they trust it. Some brands provide services like try-at-home or delivery to your doorstep. Customers are assured of the value of their money, which motivates them to rely directly on the brand rather than any other source. 

It also becomes easier for brands to collect and combine the customer’s data without interference from a third-party platform. Thirdly, brands own the full authority on cost and profit, which eventually caters more to their audience since they can buy at a cost, with no middleman included. 

D2C vs Marketplaces

There are various factors associated with the marketplace and D2C that make them stand out from each other. A traditional marketplace gives its users a wider product range, convenience, and comparable deals, helping them to choose the best. While D2C attracts the attention of its consumers more directly, their connection is stronger than any other platform. Also, they tailor their services and can cater to the personalized needs of their customers. 

However, both require a common nucleus: good e-commerce management. The smoother and more connected the functions, the better the business. If the D2C model is used effectively, it will connect better with customers.

Other technical factors related to the functions are a robust inventory system, a sound order management system, and, more or less, an experience like a marketplace. One thing that differs between both is returns management. In the case of a marketplace, shipping returns are more traceable and systematic. If a D2C unlocks this factor, it’s all a piece of cake for them! Some solutions are helping D2Cs provide their users with an experience like that of a marketplace.


The evolving e-commerce landscape has shown some significant shifts in retail dynamics. Adapting to consumer preferences is the key to success for any business. Nowadays, this weighs more towards what D2C has to offer. To cater to the personalized experience of its customers, a brand also requires seamless personalization in its operations. A good ecommerce management is the door to unlocking it all!

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