6 Shopify stores that are crushing it with subscription boxes and products (2020)
We love a great merchant story.
It's awesome to watch someone turn their dream into a profitable business. And we're always proud when our apps helped them get there.
One app that's been incredibly popular with our merchants is Bold Subscriptions. It allows businesses to sell subscription-based products and services and drive recurring revenue. Pretty cool, right?
Let's look at 6 Shopify merchants who are already crushing 2020!
In 2013, Lara Nikola quit her office job to start the business of her dreams: a female-owned, subscription-based gourmet coffee company called Smart Sips.
Last year with the help of Bold Subscriptions, she took her business to the next level, getting featured in US Weekly’s gift guide, as well as other big media names like Money Magazine, iHeartRadio, and Fox & Friends.
The media strategy paid off. The Brick, NJ, coffee distributor saw a 300% YOY increase, selling more in January of 2019 than all of 2018. She even got a taste test from Shark Tank investors.
“ 'The sharks tasted and loved our products,' Lori Greiner (Shark Tank / QVC) told America she had ordered Smart Sips Coffee prior. 'Kevin O’Leary called it ‘damn good.’”
Nikola’s success story as an entrepreneur who followed her dreams is an inspiration for anyone who wants to be their own boss and turn their big idea into a success story.
John's Crazy Socks
They say socks are the new tie. If so, John Cronin has his foot in the right business.
Born with down syndrome, Cronin wasn't sure what to do after finishing school. So he decided to go into business with someone he could trust: his dad, Mark.
If the fun and spontaneous designs and hand-written notes from John don't put a smile on your face, how about a visit from the owner himself? Cronin has been known to deliver subscription packages in person (when he has time).
Their mission to spread happiness goes beyond socks.
They have also raised over $300,000 for Alzheimer's and Down syndrome awareness and are advocates for inclusive employment for those with disabilities — something they practice at their own company.
John's Crazy Socks is a perfect example of how if you follow your dreams, your business idea can become the next viral success story.
Food delivery services have become popular as people look for alternatives to the grocery store. But what if you want to make sure your food is locally sourced? That's where Family Dinner comes to the table.
Their community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm share service sources all of their products from local farms, including fish, dairy, and meat.
Customers choose their category and share size, add any delivery instructions, and hit checkout, then their groceries arrive each week. It's that simple!
Their mission is to help their customers eat better, celebrate locally-grown food, and grow a community around the people who make it.
Bold Subscriptions is helping them achieve just that. In 2019, they more than doubled their business and now cater to over 200 families every week in the New England area.
"We love Bold's suite of apps! It's one of the main reasons that we chose Shopify over Squarespace or other ecommerce solutions."
They're not only serving up great food, but giving back to the local economy, providing their family farm partners with over $250,000 since their inception.
With the increased appetite for sustainability, Family Dinner is on a path to keep growing.
Family owned & operated since 2005, V-Dog is known for providing dogs with healthy and environmentally friendly dog food and treats.
In 2016 they identified an opportunity to make reordering easier for their repeat customers by offering recurring orders for those dogs (and their owners) that can't get enough of their tasty products.
After looking around for an app to integrate into their existing store, V-Dog chose to go with Bold Subscriptions.
Now with a large (and growing) subscriber base, the sky is the limit for V-Dog.
"Our customers have been asking for a subscription order option for...forever! Bold's Subscription app has helped our customers arrange for their v-dog food to arrive at their doorstep monthly. A huge percentage of our customers are enjoying the convenience." - Lindsay @ V-Dog
Alen Corp was looking for a way to allow their customers to easily receive filters for their air purification system without the hassle of having to remember to re-order. That's where Bold Subscriptions came in.
Using our Bold app on their Shopify store, they were able to set up an AutoShip program that that allowed them to offer customers a convenient solution for their air purification needs — plus a small discount for signing up for a recurring program!
Since their adoption of Bold Subscriptions, Alen Corp has helped shape our app by providing us with ongoing feedback and feature requests.
Alen Corp is a perfect example of how Bold Subscriptions can supplement a one-time purchase product with a recurring replacement model.
Andrew presented his business — selling boxes of grass for dog owners living in condos — on Shark Tank to wide applause and acceptance with customers worldwide.
As said by Andrew, the choice to choose real grass for your dog is simple:
"Dogs instinctively want to go on real grass so training is easy. The living grass absorbs liquids and controls odors naturally. Most importantly, there is no cleaning or maintenance needed because the entire unit is fully disposable."
With their continuous delivery service, you just replace a discarded unit with a new one when it arrives at your doorstep!
Fresh Patch first came to Bold with an interest in switching their website over to Shopify. After a few back-and-forth discussions, we realized Bold Subscriptions was the solution for Fresh Patch. Andrew converted his business to Shopify and Bold and hasn't looked back.
Subscribe and succeed!
Are you a Shopify or ecommerce merchant looking to supplement your business with recurring revenue? Then you've come to the right place!
Our Bold Subscriptions app lets you sell monthly boxes, meal kits, auto-delivery, or any other subscription model and drive recurring revenue on your store.
Have you had success with an ecommerce subscription business? Post a comment below and let us know your exciting merchant story.