2017 has become the worst year for store closings in the United States possibly since the Great Depression. There is a strong possibility that the actual number of store closings might exceed 10,000. Such a number is possible because analysts like Credit Suisse may not be counting franchisees and mom and pop stores that will also be going under.Read more
Nordstrom has demonstrated that retailers like Barnes & Noble might have more value than many people think. Unfortunately, that value is not presently being exploited in any sort of meaningful way. Barnes & Noble is doomed without an acquisition or a radical change in business plan.Read more
A final option at Penney’s is to start offering more unusual discounts like those seen at the TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) stores. TJX has survived by turning its stores like Marshalls and TJX Maxx into giant bargain basements and offering lots of weird off the wall buys.
An obvious development here would be for TJX to buy JC Penney’s. TJX certainly has the resources to acquire Penney’s it reported $2.952 billion in cash and short-term investments and $3.521 billion in cash from operations on July 31, 2017.Read more
Taking Amazon returns would only help Kohl’s if it is the only store in town doing so.
If the arrangement increases Kohl’s foot traffic, every other retailer in town will run to Jeff Bezos’ office to ink a similar deal. People will be able to return Amazon merchandise at Kroger (NYSE: KR), Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM), Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), Safeway, Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST), Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP), Publix, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and possibly 7-Eleven.Read more
Acquiring CBS makes a lot of sense for the Everything Store. Owning CBS would give Amazon; a library of full popular shows, the TV and video rights to the Star Trek franchise, a news department, production facilities including a studio in Los Angeles, a sports department, and the right to show NFL games on Amazon Prime. Trump would hate that because it will probably end CBS’s gentle treatment of him.Read more
What is most disturbing about the latest closure list is that almost all but one of the Kmart stores are scheduled to close in mid-November before the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Sears has decided to throw in the towel and not even compete for Christmas shoppers this year.Read more
This is the biggest menace to gold mining and it is one that a lot of traditional investors cannot see coming. Altcoins like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, NEO, and DASH serve as a hedge against inflation. Yet they are far easier to buy, sell and trade than gold.Read more
Anybody who doubts the reality of the Great Retail Apocalypse has not taken a look at Macy’s (NYSE: M) financialRead more
Expect to see a vast amount of consolidation and centralization in oil in the near future. This means that a lot less money will be made and many investors will abandon oil stocks completely in the years ahead.Read more
Etsy has proved it is incapable of making money and demonstrated that online companies can fall into a familiar retail trap.
The trap is the old one of ever-increasing sales that generate no real money. Dozens of retailers; ranging from Whole Foods to Rite Aid to Overstock.com, have fallen into over the years. The only way a company can profit from this trap is to sell itself to a larger retailer or private equity organization in search of market share or other resources.Read more