Amazon has some value-investment characteristics including a lot of cash and the ability to generate vast amounts of cash on a regular basis. The problem is that unlike companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Alphabet, and Apple, it cannot keep that cash around.Read more
It looks as if the Amazon-owned Whole Foods is going to become more like a traditional supermarket. The big question we have to ask is will that be winning strategy for either brand?Read more
It looks as if Walmart is actually beating Amazon in the delivery wars.
The discount giant has expanded its same-day service which was only available in Tampa and Phoenix to those cities, CNBC reported. Walmart customers in Denver are able to get orders delivered by Lyft, the article did not say if that service will be expanded.Read more
A possible glimpse of Walmart’s future is provided by America’s second largest grocer Kroger. The situation at Kroger should certainly give WMT investors pause.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
Yelp then would be a great investment for Ant Financial; or Walmart, but a lousy investment for you because it is overpriced and makes little money. Although working with Yelp proves claims that Ant Financial is the world’s most value unicorn (pre-IPO company) and justifies the $70 million valuations for it. Smart investors should forget about Yelp and wait for Ant’s initial public offering (IPO) because Ant will be a value investment.Read more
In particular I think eBay is in a great position to go acquiring. There are some interesting potential acquisitions for it out there; including Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY) which had a market cap of $1.876 billion on August 9, 2017. Another is Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) – the big O had a market capitalization of $456.26 million on August 9, 2017.Read more
These numbers show us that Nordstrom is neither a value investment nor Amazon-proof because it operates at a very narrow margin. All Amazon or Walmart would have to do to seriously damage Nordstrom is take 3% to 5% of its customers away.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more