Brandless suddenly stops taking orders, shuts its doors and fires employees


The e-commerce company Brandless is shutting down, it confirmed to Business Insider. The San Francisco-based company has stopped taking all new orders and plans to lay off 70 people, or about 90% of its staff, as it winds down operations.

The company’s remaining 10 employees will work to fulfill its last customer orders and consider acquisition offers, according to Protocol, which first reported the news that Brandless would be shutting down.

Brandless launched in 2017 selling private-label household and personal care products at low prices. When it launched, almost everything on its site was $3.

In July 2018, Brandless announced that SoftBank Vision Fund — the Japanese conglomerate that has backed or bought Uber, Slack, WeWork, Wag, Zume, and more — had invested $240 million in the company at a valuation of more than $500 million.

In October, Brandless said it was looking to start selling its products in major retailers’ physical stores, signaling a shift in its online-only business model.



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