Costco’s Sales Approach $130 Billion

What’s more impressive is that Costco achieved that revenue growth with one website and brick and mortar stores in a handful of countries including the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Australia. Amazon has vast diversified operations that include Amazon Web Services, a movie studio, Amazon Prime, dozens of lines of private label products, Zappos, Whole Foods, and far more.

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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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How are Office Supply Stores Surviving?

Staples is definitely an acquisition target because its purchaser would get around 1,225 stores and $17.30 billion in revenues for a low price. Staples reported a stock value of $10.10 a share, a market cap of $6.597 billion and an enterprise value of $6.597 billion on June 29, 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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Supermarkets fight for Survival at SuperValu

Traditional supermarkets like Supervalu are struggling because of greatly increased competition and a collapse in food and consumer goods prices. These forces might make the historic supermarket business model unsustainable.

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Should we be Worried about American Express

American Express also some very bright prospects for the future. One is the growing use of payment apps such as Apple Pay and Android Pay; which Amex supports. That might grow the value of credit card payments and profits from them.

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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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