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New tech gadgets gizmos hi tech Allbirds cofounder calls out Amazon for its knockoff shoes that cost less, calling them ‘algorithmically inspired’ (AMZN)


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New tech gadgets gizmos hi tech Allbirds cofounder calls out Amazon for its knockoff shoes that cost less, calling them ‘algorithmically inspired’ (AMZN)

Allbirds cofounder Joey Zwillinger slammed Amazon for selling a look-alike shoe for a third of the price of Allbirds, calling them “algorithmically inspired.”Amazon’s version of the shoe is $60 cheaper than Allbirds’ wool sneaker, which has become a mainstay of Silicon Valley athleisure.Zwillinger also took aim at Amazon for not having the same commitment to…

New tech  gadgets  gizmos  hi tech  Allbirds cofounder calls out Amazon for its knockoff shoes that cost less, calling them ‘algorithmically inspired’ (AMZN)

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If you desire a shoe that looks almost identical to Allbirds’ wool tennis shoe for a third of the price, Amazon has a knock-off for you Allbirds cofounder Joey Zwillinger doesn’t approve, nevertheless.

Zwillinger took objective at Amazon for selling a more affordable Allbirds lookalike during a CNN interview Monday

” They know a lot about customers and they obviously saw that a lot of people were looking for Allbirds,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “It feels like they nearly algorithmically influenced a shoe that looks really comparable so they might take advantage of that demand.”

In a statement to Organisation Insider, an Amazon representative rejected that its wool tennis shoes imitate Allbirds.

” Offering products motivated by the trends to which customers are reacting is a typical practice across the retail industry. 206 Collective’s wool mix tennis shoes don’t infringe on Allbirds’ style. This aesthetic isn’t limited to Allbirds, and similar products are also offered by several other brands,” the Amazon spokesperson stated.

Founded in 2014, Allbirds has actually escalated in appeal, particularly in tech circles. The San Francisco startup offers Merino wool tennis shoes for $95 and raised $175 million in venture financing prior to opening its first physical stores in2018 Allbirds likewise offers a range of men’s and women’s shoes consisting of lace-less “loungers” and high-top sneakers made from trees, in addition to wool devices like socks and sleeping masks.

Zwillinger also slammed Amazon for not fulfilling the same sustainability requirements as Allbirds in producing its nearly-identical wool running shoes

” The important things that was frustrating … is that we open source all the products,” Zwillinger said. “If they wished to use the products and copy our sustainability, they had all the right to do so. We provided that away.”

See Zwillinger’s complete interview on CNN

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