Megatrend: Direct-to-consumer brands explode

A new Interactive Advertising Bureau study finds that companies like Warby Parker, Blue Apron and Casper are not just fads, but are growing in response to an “enduring shift" in the way the consumer economy operates towards personalized, custom brands. 

Why it matters: Americans are shifting consumption habits to brands centered on direct-to-consumer relationships. These distributors have nimble supply chains and are flexible enough to serve consumer needs in real-time.