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This is issue no. 169 of 180. The last issue had a 🔥 46.01% open rate with  6.43% of you visiting this article on whether or not you can compete with Amazon. The answer is no, so I saved you a click. Issue 169 was the first to achieve 1,000 outbound clicks.

Headlining Issue 51 of Lean Luxe (Subscribe and Make Paul Munford happy):

Guys, Gear Patrol just launched a store yesterday.

The team got in touch to let me know the new
Gear Patrol Store was officially unveiled yesterday. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited by this. With so much talk of media companies faltering by believing they're only in the content game––and not the connections, commerce, or community building game––they've become over-reliant on dwindling digital ad rates. But it's clear to me, as it has been for a long time, that GP understands this. Their store is further proof that retail (be it physical or online) and publishing, can, when done correctly, be a winning combination. The smart publishers know that it's not enough to just rely on advertising, and it's abundantly clear GP gets this.

Now, back to the store. They described it to me as a corner store (rather than a general store), which certainly has my attention. And they're selecting all items by hand, and virtually everything in stock is a GP collaboration, whether it's a
Travelteq x GP weekender...or a 1980 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser (special edition for GP!!), with most items pointing to adventure and travel. Which, in case you don't know anything about the site––and shame on you if that's true––is as 'Gear Patrol' as it gets. Time to update your christmas list.

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Disclaimer: I am shareholder in
Mizzen + Main and a consultant to a number of brands on this list through Web Smith, LLC. I serve as the Director of eCommerce at Gear Patrol. As always, thank you for reading. - @web