Amazon Unveils its Answer to Apple Pay

The most likely reason why Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is offering Pay Places is to enable the use of Amazon Pay at Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFC). Since Amazon is trying to buy Whole foods that sounds logical.

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Whole Foods’ Aldi Clone is a Major Opportunity for Amazon

This means that 365; and not the supermarkets, might be the real reason Amazon bought Whole Foods. Therefore both Whole Foods and the US grocery industry might be changed beyond recognition by Amazon and 365.

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Aldi wants to become Third Largest US Grocer

The German discounter plans to open 2,500 stores nationwide by 2022, Business Insider reported. That would make Aldi, America’s second largest supermarket operator behind Kroger (NYSE: KR) which operated 2,796 supermarkets and supercenters in 2016.

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Seven Threats to Costco

The available data indicates major changes in American lifestyles that bode ill for Costco. Statistics show that younger Americans are less likely to have a driver’s license, cook; data shows that Americans now spend more at restaurants than grocery stores, and are less likely to own a home (only 62.9% of Americans owned a home in 2016 the lowest level since 1965, Bloomberg reported). Costco’s business model is built upon the assumption that Americans will own and use a car; make most of their food purchases at a grocery store, and require home-maintenance supplies.

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Is Costco still a Value Investment?

The billion dollar question must be; is Costco Amazon proof? My take is that Costco is fairly invulnerable to today’s Amazon – but not tomorrow’s Amazon.

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The Robotic Burger Flipper is here

Earlier adopters of Flippy are likely to be 24-hour kitchens; such as those in truck stops, and diners like Denny’s (NYSE: DENN). Next will come military mess halls, hospitals and restaurants in areas with high costs of living.  Any restaurant in an area with labor shortages and operators of kitchens in remote locations will definitely be interested.

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Why Haven’t More Retailers Gone Bankrupt?

Some observers even point to the lack of bankruptcies (or major bankruptcies) to cast doubt upon all the whole proposition of a retail apocalypse. These critics are mistaken; the lack of bankruptcies does not make the apocalypse fake news. The Dallas Morning News estimated that 5,377 chain store closings had been announced as of May 14, 2017.

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Dollar General is Bigger than Sears

A milestone has been reached in the world of American retail; Dollar General’s (NYSE: DG) sales are greater than those of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD).

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Is Kroger the Best Value in Retail?

If you are looking for a bargain in the retail sphere Kroger is certainly worth a look. Unfortunately it’s a stock that is likely to remain underpriced until food and/or fuel prices increase substantially. Since I don’t expect that to happen any time soon, expect Kroger share price to remain low for the foreseeable future no matter what Amazon does.

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Is GrubHub Making Money?

This shows me that GrubHub has the potential to become a cash rich company fairly quickly. It managed to generate $16.07 million in cash from financing and accumulate $361.27 million in cash and short-term investments by the end of first quarter 2017.

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