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 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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Is Target Making Money or Doomed?

The next logical step at Target should be a strategy of acquisition. Other brands are cheap because of the retail apocalypse and Target certainly has the cash.

The best target would be an online retailer or the online operations of struggling brick and mortar retailers. An interesting acquisition for Target would be JC Penney’s (NYSE: JCP) online operations.

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TJX: Department Stores that make money what’s up with that?

By shrewdly taking advantage of the opportunities created by the retail apocalypse, TJX has grown into America’s dominant department store brand. It is liable to remain in that position for a long time to come because of the sheer ineptitude of the competition.

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Has the Incredibly Shrinking Target Turned Around?

After months of dropping, Target’s revenues suddenly displayed a small but noticeable increase of $26 million during Second Quarter 2017. That does not make up for the $4.23 billion revenue drop between July 2015 and April 2017, but it is an improvement.

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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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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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The Slow Decline and Fall of Target

Strangely enough, Target (NYSE: TGT) has something in common with the Roman Empire; it is slowly but surely declining. Target’s

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Are Home Improvement Stores a Bubble?

Is improvement really a growth industry or is it a bubble? After all The Home Depot had 2,274 stores in February 2016, and Lowes and its subsidiaries were operating 2,365 locations in 2015. That adds up to 4,639 stores which raises the obvious question: how many stores can the market support.

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Costco Defies the Odds

Costco has one thing in common with Amazon, it is a very cash rich company. On February 28, 2017 it reported $4.976 billion in cash from operations, $2.384 billion in in net income and $5.965 billion in cash and short-term investments. This was in spite of a free cash flow of -$23 million and a profit margin of 1.73%.

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