GNC, which has seen declining revenues over the past two years from $2.68 billion in 2015 to $2.45 billion in 2017, operates over 8,000 stores around the world and over 3,000 in the United States. Amidst changing retail trends, GNC announced earlier this year that it intended to close approximately 200 stores in 2018.
Now the company appears to be trying a new tactic – creating a brand of products exclusively available on Amazon. As an Amazon Exclusive brand, CHALLENGE by GNC is labeled as “Our Brand” by Amazon and included in special promotional real estate in Amazon search results.
GNC has not made any announcements about the new strategy or launch of the new brand that we can find. The company has also not yet responded to our request for comment. We will update if they do.
Amazon is currently promoting the new CHALLENGE by GNC Amazon Exclusive brand in the nutritional supplements section of its US website with ads like the following:
Vine reviews for CHALLENGE by GNC products are dated since September, so it’s possible GNC is waiting to promote the new brand until after some initial reviews come in.
The move signals a possible growing trend of well known brand owners deciding to create new brands or sub-brands for certain product lines exclusively for Amazon. Carter’s currently offers its Simple Joys by Carter’s brand exclusively on Amazon. Iconix now makes its entire Starter brand of clothing available on Amazon as well. We expect to see more of these kinds of moves in the coming months, as Amazon is looking to increase the volume of exclusive brands on its platform.
As always, follow TJI for the latest on Amazon’s private label and exclusive brand efforts.