Can Target Survive the Retail Apocalypse?

My prediction is that Target will continue to make money but the revenue losses will keep growing. At some point; probably in 2019, Target will have to start closing stores and possibly reducing its national footprint much like JC Penny’s and Macy’s are to survive.

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Can Kroger Keep Growing?

This service enables Kroger to reach groups that might avoid traditional grocery stores such as Millennials who do not own cars, and residents of fast growing urban areas far from suburban supermarkets. It also taps shoppers with more disposable income; who are more likely to order higher priced goods, which can compensate for food deflation.

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Walmart’s Price cuts should scare you to Death

All this indicates that there might be millions; perhaps tens of millions of Americans, that can no longer afford to shop at Walmart. That’s a pretty frightening situation and it bodes ill for a great many retailers and their vendors.

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What can we learn from Walmart’s Financial Numbers?

All this shows us that Walmart is still a pretty good value investment but it does not answer the question: why did Buffett sell. My guess is that Buffett’s move was based on instinct – but his instincts are often right.

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Should we be worried about Inflation?

Expect inflation to slowly get worse and bitcoin prices to slowly rise over the next year. Also expect inflation to hurt lower income people and increase the growing civil and political unrest in the United States.

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Is Warren Buffett Right about Walmart?

Buffett likes Amazon and dislikes Walmart. Something that a lot of us stock geeks overlook is that Buffett has been bullish on Amazon for a long time. Uncle Warren has never been fond of the Everything Store’s stock, but he’s been investing in the company’s debt for a long time. He bought $98.3 million worth of its junk bonds back in 2003. Therefore Buffett was an Amazon bull long before it was fashionable. He’s also on record as a Jeff Bezos fan.

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Whole Foods, Walgreens subsidiary biggest beneficiaries from Apple Pay

The numbers show us that Apple Pay is far from the mainstream. Unless some sort of radical paradigm shift occurs; it will be well over a decade before average Americans even consider this solution.

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Retail Predictions for 2017

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will have another great year as it continues to vacuum up market share. The Everything Store’s revenues grew by $20.98 billion during the first three quarters of 2016; rising from $107.01 billion in December to $127.99 billion in September. If this continues Amazon’s revenue will surpass $130 billion for first quarter 2016 and could potentially exceed $150 billion by January 2018 wow!! This will make Amazon, America’s leading retailer and the dominant force in the business. Among other things it will accelerate the scramble to expand online we’re seeing on the part of other retailers.

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Best Grocery Hacks for 2017

Use Kroger ClickList. Many Kroger supermarkets now offer ClickList a service that lets you order items online then pick them up at curbside. The big advantage to click list is that Kroger’s employees will do the shopping for you. All you to do is to pay and pick it up.

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Is Amazon Really a Threat to Grocers?

My take is that the major grocers; and high-end grocers like Whole Foods, will survive but many of the regional and discount chains will not. Instead of being a direct threat to grocers, Amazon will be an indirect threat taking some business and providing another headache for grocers.

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