Rick Watson

Founder & CEO

RMW Commerce Consulting

Rick Watson founded RMW Commerce Consulting after spending 20+ years exclusively in the eCommerce industry as a technology entrepreneur and operator with companies like ChannelAdvisor, BarnesandNoble.com, Merchantry, and Pitney Bowes. 


Watson’s work today is centered on supporting investors and management teams incubating and growing direct-to-consumer businesses. Working with private equity firms, he performs eCommerce, technology and digital marketing due diligence on acquisition candidates, and creates eCommerce growth plans for post-acquisition growth strategies. Recent projects have included: 

        • WHP Global / Oaktree Capital (Anne Klein, Joseph Abboud)

        • Marblegate (Britax)

        • CM Equity Partners (Graco Roberts)

        • Apollo Global Management (Shutterfly)

        • AEA Investors (auto/truck parts segment)

        • Nova Capital (H2 Brands)

        • Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan (Arterra Brands)

Watson regularly speaks at industry conferences, contributes as a guest on retail podcasts, and comments in the news on the latest news and trends and providing best practices in ecommerce. He hosts The Watson Weekly podcast, where he shares an unbiased, unfiltered expert take on the retail sector’s biggest news and players.