McDonald’s (MCD) and the Incredibly Shrinking Revenues

Second, McDonald’s now faces serious competition from supermarkets, Walmart (NYSE: WMT), convenience stores, and even Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN). For example, Amazon’s Go cashierless convenience store sells a wide variety of readymade food.

In detail, Go is selling salads, sushi, sandwiches, soups, and other items. Many of those items sell for the same price as a Big Mac.

Unluckily for McDonald’s, Amazon Go is the latest entry in a crowded ready to eat market place. Kroger (NYSE: KR), in particular, has been pushing a wide variety of hot and cold ready to eat foods through its supermarkets for years.

Markedly, some Kroger Marketplace stores contain pizzerias, Asian cafes, and even cheese sandwich restaurants. Nor is Kroger alone, Amazon subsidiary Whole Foods sells an incredible variety of ready to eat foods.

This ready to eat revolution is a direct threat to McDonald’s because it offers a wide variety of consistent food at a competitive price. In addition, the ready to eat food is every bit as a fast and convenient as McDonald’s.

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Amazon (AMZN) owns Retail, can Anybody Compete?

It should scare brick and mortar retailers because Amazon Go could generate profits similar to Amazon itself.

For instance, Amazon Go could generate up $2,700 a square foot in annual sales per square foot, Brick meets Click, claims. In contrast, Costar estimated Walmart’s annual sales-per-square foot was $325 in 2018.

Thus Amazon Go’s sales per square foot could be seven times those of Walmart’s. However, the Apple Store’s sales per square foot were nearly twice Amazon Go’s at $5,546 in 2017.

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Kroger and Walgreens Team Up for Pickup

A Kroger/Walgreen hybrid is an obvious use of the capabilities provided by Ocado. A robotic fulfillment center could obviously support both Kroger supermarkets and Walgreen drugstores.

Moreover, a Walgreen drugstore is a logical addition to the 2,782 supermarkets Kroger operates. In addition, Kroger food brands like Simple Truth will be a logical addition to Walgreens inventory.
Importantly, Kroger operates 37 food manufacturing facilities across the United States. Therefore, Kroger offers Walgreens a source of low-priced food products to counter Amazon’s discounting.
Equally important is Kroger’s ability to provide hot takeout meals, meal kits, deli foods, and hot entrees to Walgreen. Markedly, Kroger has a good relationship with the delivery specialist Instacart.
Additionally, an obvious use for Instacart is delivery of Walgreens prescriptions. America’s growing legion of senior citizens will be obvious customers for prescription delivery.

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Can Kroger (NYSE: KR) Survive?

Normally nobody would ask if a company that reported $122.662 billion in revenues last year can survive. We are not

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Will Amazon Go Kill Dollar Stores??

A true nightmare for dollar stores would be caught in the squeeze between Automated Walmart and Amazon Go. Dollar stores are already caught in the increasingly brutal crossfire between Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

The No-Man’s land between Automated Walmart and Amazon Go would be far worse. A true nightmare for dollar stores would be both retailers using their automated stores as neighborhood fulfillment centers for same-day delivery.

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Aitheon ICO date Changes

The biggest of those partners is Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) artificial intelligence (AI) division. This is apparently the machine learning arm of Amazon Web Services (AWS) which aims to put machine learning in the hands of every data scientist and developer. That sounds a great deal like Aitheon’s plans to allow anybody to offer AI to everybody through its blockchain platform.

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Walmart plans store with No Cashiers

It looks as if the technological jobs apocalypse is occurring at America’s largest employer Walmart.
The world’s largest retailer has plans for a store where customers would simply take merchandise and walk out the door without stopping at a register, Recode revealed. Instead, cameras, sensors, and employees on the floor would keep track of purchases.

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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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The Retail Jobs Apocalypse is here

Hundreds of thousands of retail jobs are vanishing before our eyes.

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