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The Razor’s Edge: Harrys.com Takes on the Shaving Market

Clifton D. Petty, Kelley Still Nichols
January 1, 2018
SKU:
BUS-004858
Region: 
North America
Topic: 
Strategy & General Management
Length: 
13 pages
Keywords: 
strategy, Market Disruption, Pricing Strategy, Competitive Positioning, process innovation
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.62)
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For nearly a century, the men’s shaving products market was dominated by two brands-Gillette and Schick. Harrys.com and Dollar Shave Club (DSC) disrupted this quiet market in 2011. Using humorous marketing and a direct-to-consumer subscription model of distribution, DSC grew to a $200 million company in five years. Harrys.com was launched soon after and had over 100,000 subscribers within their first year. Harrys.com founders had experience building a direct-to-consumer eyewear brand and built on this experience to position Harrys.com in the men’s shaving market. Purchase of a German blade factory gave the company a solid foundation for defining the brand by quality. However, Unilever, a major global company with personal brands like Axe, acquired fellow “disruptor” DSC. The Harrys.com CEO faced several options such as competing as the remaining independent company or seeking a favorable acquisition.