Walmart Brings Blockchain to the Grocery Store

If Walmart can roll out the world’s first blockchain-based inventory system it would be able to greatly reduce costs. That would make the company more efficient and ease the integration of online retail and brick and mortar stores.

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Is Staples Close to Death?

Two interesting buyers would be Walmart and Amazon. Walmart would buy Staples for its brand and online market share. Amazon might be interested in Staples’ 1,600 brick and mortar locations as pickup points for merchandise. It needs such points to counter Walmart which has already opened 600 such pickup points.

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CVS Health is a Revenue Generating Machine

Naturally some people will be wondering if CVS is the best retail stock out there today because it seems to be both deflation and Amazon-proof. The answer is maybe because I think this company is a little overpriced, it was trading at $88.99 a share on September 30, 2016.

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Is Western Union Doomed or an Income Value?

Western Union is making a lot of money and generating a lot of float for its size. It’s also easy to see why its stock value is going up. Ycharts reported that investors were rewarded with a dividend yield of 3.13% and a return on equity of 63.2% on September 16, 2016.

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Is Berkshire Hathaway right about Apple?

That’s what makes it a widows and orphans stock, no matter what happens it will make money for the foreseeable future perhaps the next 10 years or so. This reminds me of another major Buffett investment; Walmart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT). Like Apple, Walmart has so much money $483.83 billion in revenues in June 2016; that it can survive what would be catastrophic losses for the average company several times over.

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Technological Unemployment Grows Worse Walmart Kills 7,000 Jobs

Walmart’s actions show us what a huge problem technological unemployment is becoming. It is hard to automate labor intensive jobs like bagging groceries or stocking shelves, but easy to automate clerical work. After all most clerical work can be done by an algorithm that works for free, but an algorithm cannot stock a shelf.

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Citi Sends Costco Members False Cancellation Message

This is certainly an opportunity for Walmart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), which owns Costco’s biggest competitor Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club now takes American Express in an attempt to lure Costco members.

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Why Walmart is a Great Contrarian Play

A Walmart press release stated that use of the app increased by 45% during its first week of use. Walmart Pay is a potential cash cow because Ant Financial; the Alibaba Holdings’ (NYSE: BABA) spinoff that operates Ali Pay, has an estimated value of $60 billion.

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Retail Consolidation is Killing Traditional Consumer Brands

The future for traditional consumer brands looks pretty dismal. Expect to see major consolidation in the consumer products industry in the near future, as companies like Kellogg have a difficult time maintaining market share.

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Grocery Delivery is the Real Reason for Uber’s Willingness to Unionize

The future of Uber might just be in retail and delivery, just as the future of supermarkets could be in delivery apps. That means, app-based driving will be the next frontier for unions, and the Independent Drivers Guild could one day be bigger and more powerful than the Teamsters.

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