Is the Avis-Budget Group Making Money?

Such a deal will give Avis-Budget experience maintaining and deploying self-driving vehicles. It also puts it in a position to provide autonomous vehicles for ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, and delivery services like GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB), Instacart, Parcel, and Shipt.

Delivery is going to be a huge market for self-driving vehicles because of the involvement of big retail. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is planning to offer grocery delivery to 40% of the US population through services like Uber, Deliv, and Lyft. Target (NYSE: TGT) has bought the grocery delivery solution Shipt, and Kroger (NYSE: KR) is partnering with Instacart.

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Walmart wants to bring Grocery Delivery to 40% of Americans

Likely responses to Walmart’s offensive might be Amazon’s acquisition of a traditional grocer like Safeway or Winn-Dixie, or Amazon or Target partnering with traditional grocers such as Publix. Kroger might respond by buying InstaCart and joining Google Shopping Express.

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Is Warren Buffett right about General Motors?

General Motors itself recognizes these realities; it has launched a short-term rental service called Maven. Maven is an app-based company that boasts it can provide: “Cars to Fit Your Every Need.” If you need a van, a minivan, a pickup truck, an SUV, an econobox, or a station wagon you can order it at the touch of an app.

The future is cars on tap or cars on the app and General Motors is there. Some of Maven’s marketing claims include; “Free from cost of ownership,” “never pay for gas and insurance,” and “Don’t worry about vehicle maintenance.” Anybody who has ever worried about covering the cost of a car insurance payment, new tires, or a tank of gas will find those claims appealing.

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Is GrubHub Making Money?

All this points to a potential value investment because GrubHub is capable of covering its operating expenses with the cash it takes in. That points to a solution; which would be a fantastic value investment if it can be implemented a large scale.

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Is UPS Making Money?

Currently, I’m leery of both UPS and FedEx because of the danger they are in, in a changing retail market. Threats to these companies abound from both new businesses and new technologies.

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Berkshire Hathaway is now the House of Cash

The potential of this are absolutely staggering. Just a few of the things Uncle Warren can do with all that cash include:
Buy America’s second largest grocer; Kroger (NYSE: KR), outright and still have $75.56 billion left in the bank. That’s amazing because Kroger reported revenues of $118.05 billion on 31 July 2017. Kroger had an enterprise value of $32.74 billion on November 10, 2017.

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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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