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Will customers subscribe to Nike shoes?

The Nike Adventure Club is an interesting new sales approach from the leader in athletic footwear. The target market is parents, who would pay a monthly subscription fee (of $20, $30, or $50 per month) to get new shoes every 90, 60 or 30 days. You can read more about the new business model in this¬†Fast Company¬†article, “Nike’s first shoe subscription, two years in the making, is here.” Part of the pitch is sustainability–as customers return the old shoes for recycling by Nike. But as the article notes, this may not be the best approach to lowering carbon emissions.

Companies love the subscription model as it can help drive up customer lifetime value (Chapter 2). You can now subscribe to get regular boxes of healthier snacks (SnackSack), date nights (Date Night in a Box), or doggie gifts (Dog Mom Box). These might be some interesting examples to offer when you get to the first pricing chapter (Chapter 17).

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