Upexi Unit Created to Acquire and Scale Promising Ecommerce Businesses
HENDERSON, NV / October 14, 2021 / Grove, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRVI) (“Grove” or the “Company”), a global innovator in hemp, health, and wellness, today announced the launch of
Upexi, its wholly owned division to acquire promising Amazon and Ecommerce businesses.
Since 2020, funding has poured into Amazon aggregators, raising nearly $10 billion according to Marketplace Pulse. Investors are racing to fund these companies whose goals are to buy promising Amazon brands that buyers believe can be scaled. According to Marketplace Pulse, “The market had a breakout year in 2020 because of three factors: the pandemic accelerating spending on Amazon, Thrasio raising hundreds of millions of dollars, and Anker, an Amazon-native brand, going public.” According to Bloomberg, Thrasio, having raised more than $2 billion, could see its IPO valued at more than $10 billion.
With the launch of Upexi, Grove intends to take direct aim at the Amazon Aggregation market. Grove plans to enter the market as a desirable suitor to which prospective business owners may sell. With Upexi, potential sellers will be able to access Grove’s programmatic ad technology, in-house digital marketing experts, and direct partnership with a team of expert Amazon PPC buyers who fine tune listings or start from scratch.
Grove Inc. has made a name for itself in the CBD/cannabis space and has already begun expanding into other verticals. The company recently acquired Vitamedica, an online nutraceutical company, with a rapidly growing presence in ecommerce and Amazon. Through its in-house team of digital marketers, Grove is now pursuing more companies in health/wellness/beauty/pet care that they can take to the next level.
Grove’s hemp business has fueled its growth up until this point, reporting 2021 fiscal year revenues, with key financial highlights:
- $24.1 Million, a 250% Increase Over 2020
- Net Earnings of $2.9 Million or $0.25 Per Share
- 4th Quarter revenues of $10.64 million a 361% growth over prior year quarter
- Revenue guidance of $48-$55M for 2022
Grove CEO, Allan Marshall, weighed in on the expansion into the brand aggregator space,
“We’ve seen exponential growth in our hemp business over the past 2 years and continue to grow. It’s now afforded us the ability to expand into other verticals. Amazon aggregation has been a goal for us since the beginning. We’re hoping to add 10+ Amazon and Ecommerce businesses to the portfolio over the next year, and another 10 the following. We want to reward people for what they’ve done and give them the ability to see their brand grow under Grove. In many cases, we hope to attract the Amazon/ecommerce experts behind these brands and continue to add talent to our team.”
About Grove, Inc.
Grove, Inc. is in the business of developing, producing, marketing and selling quality products and end consumer products containing the industrial hemp plant extract Cannabidiol (“CBD”), as well as diversified products in other verticals. The Company sells to numerous consumer markets including the botanical, beauty care, pet care and functional food sectors. It seeks to take advantage of an emerging worldwide trend to re-energize the production of industrial hemp and to foster its many uses for consumers.
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