Medi’s switch from a classic B2B business to a successful DTC player

Medi’s lifestyle brands CEP and ITEM m6 have been working with Tradebyte since 2020 to achieve platform success together.

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    International channel expansions planned for 2022

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    GMV growth rate in only one quarter


Traditional company medi applies knowledge within compression technology to the sports and fashion industry with its own brands CEP and ITEM m6. And this worldwide, as medi is active in 90 countries and employs 3000 people. Since 2020, medi’s lifestyle brands have been working with Tradebyte to achieve platform success together.


Medi has transformed itself from a classic B2B player to a DTC brand within only one year, using own-brands CEP and ITEM m6. How did they achieve this? Through a smart system set-up, CEP and ITEM m6 integrated on three channels in eight months. Five more channels were added in 2021 and this year, and another seven are on the roadmap to push them in a global direction. Thanks to a strong team and strategic focus, CEP and ITEM m6 are actively driving expansion.

THE Strategy

For CEP and ITEM m6, the platform strategy was of major importance. The brands worked with our experts in strategic and process consulting, who shared with them their say on early expectation management regarding the requirements, especially concerning product data and logistical processing. One focus for the implementation of the PIM project was paying close attention to detail in the product data requirements of the sales channels, since the preparation of the product data in the DTC business is completely up to the brands. The data work needs to be of the highest quality and the product data onboarding must take place in accordance with predefined processes. This is also what marks the difference from classic wholesale business.

Within the scope of the consulting project, the status quo was examined, and adjustments were made to CEP and ITEM m6’s processes. All stakeholders worked together in a Scoping Workshop during the official project kick-off. This was an extremely important milestone, as the aligned communication is ideal to avoid coordination loops, keeping the project lean. Once they had TB.One and logistics partner 004 on board, the brands CEP and ITEM m6 were ready and equipped with a flexible set-up to expand on platforms and use the close and ongoing support of our team to find suitable channels with the highest sales potential for the brands.

THE Result

The lifestyle brands CEP and ITEM m6 evolved from classic B2B brands to platform players from 2019 to 2021 and are now absolutely DTC ready! The sustainable system set-up could only be introduced by involving all key stakeholders. This created flexibility for a quick expansion and resulted in a newly created marketplace team with a high strategic focus.

Melanie Franz

Head of Marketplaces CEP und ITEM m6

Tradebyte’s strategic and technical advice from day one and the close support during the implementation spared us many resources. Tradebyte’s experience, which we were able to benefit from in the workshops and in a targeted Partner Management, made our ambitious schedule possible in the first place.
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