How is BestBuy (BBY) Making Money?

BestBuy (BBY) needs more partnerships because it is not making that much money.
For instance, BestBuy recorded an operating income of $335 million and a net income of $244 million for 3rd Quarter 2018. However BestBuy recorded a gross profit of $2.229 billion on revenues of $9.379 billion for the same period.
Beyond that BestBuy reported an operating cash flow of $904 million, an investing cash flow of $127 million, and a free cash flow of $710 million in 3rd Quarter 2018. Thus, BestBuy has a cash rich business.
On the other hand, BestBuy needs to keep more of that cash. The partnerships are important because they could give BestBuy more cash flow without costly expansion.

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Target (TGT) Battles for Survival

The goal of Smartly; however, is also to counter Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN). Target’s management hopes Smartly will lure in customers by offering prices lower than anything Amazon can provide.
Few retailers are in more danger from Amazon than Target. Amazon competes for Target’s core customer base; the urban and suburban middle class, in particular.
For example, Target’s target customer is a 35-year-old suburban soccer mom. Unfortunately, that soccer mom is the person most likely to belong to Amazon Prime.
An obvious use of Smartly is to get people under 30 (Millennials) used to shopping at Target. Target hopes to turn those Millennials into loyal customers by the time they have kids.

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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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Macy’s (M) is dying can Facebook save it?

Small-box concepts like Nordstrom Local and Home Goods also have lower real estate and labor costs. They could easily use such small-box concepts as pickup locations for online orders.

Popup stores; like The [email protected]’s, are a classic solution for this dilemma. For instance, Macy’s could rent or lease space to pop up store operators.

Macy’s (M) might interest electronics, auto and other brands in pop-up stores. For example, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) operates auto showrooms in some Nordstrom locations.

Obvious brands for Macy’s to tap for pop-ups include Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Toyota (NYSE: TM), Ford (NYSE: F), General Motors (NYSE: GM), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Amazon, and clothing makers. A fascinating idea for Macy’s to consider is Amazon Go in Macy’s.

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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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Walmart approaches $500 Billion in Revenue

Obviously, Walmart and not Amazon is the world’s largest and richest retailer. More importantly, Amazon will not approach Walmart’s revenues soon.

Therefore, Walmart can sink money into its online operations; automated stores, and new technology. As a result Walmart will probably be able to keep up with Amazon; and possibly block its entry into some markets.

The moral of the store is do not count Walmart out. The world’s largest retailer has the resources to maintain its dominance for decades to come despite Amazon’s explosive growth.

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Amazon Jobs are Terrible Wealth Redistribution Mechanisms

The poster child for jobs’ failure to redistribute wealth is Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) where CEO Jeff Bezos is reputedly worth $150 billion. The average salary for an Amazon fulfillment or warehouse “job” is $26,000; a year or $13 an hour, Glassdoor estimated. If he or she is lucky that associate can receive $980 in cash bonuses, a stock bonus of $1,111 and profit sharing of $1,016.

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Is Amazon Sustainable?

Therefore, Amazon’s ability to disrupt will remain as a long it generates vast amounts of cash. Jeff Bezos has not built a company he has created a disruption machine that thrives on chaos.

There are some potential threats to the disruption machine. The greatest of which is economic collapse.

Geography is the other limit on Amazon’s disruptive capabilities. There are only so markets it can disrupt.

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Will Best Buy Die?

By acquiring Great Call, Best Buy is competing directly with Apple, Amazon, and indirectly with Alphabet. I cannot see how Best Buy can win that battle.
I see two big problems with Great Call that can make it a drain on Best Buy’s bottom line.
Great Call is a direct marketing company. It sells specific products directly through various channels. Best Buy is a general-purpose retailer that sells a wide variety of products and services through brick and mortar stores. I do not see the synergy there.

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NAMPOF an Alternative to Fang Stocks

You can think the NAMPOF of as a FANG for value investors. Holdings in NAMPOF are more diversified than FANG and some of them generate dividend income.

It diversifies NAMPOF because NVIDIA and Apple are hardware makers and PayPal is in finance. FANG scares me because it is almost all software based. Something I dislike about FANG is the lack of a financial stock.

Containing six stocks further diversifies. Four NAMPOF stocks; Apple, NVIDIA, Oracle, and Microsoft, are proven moneymakers.

I consider PayPal and Facebook speculative because they base their businesses on growth. However, both companies have showed the capability to generate vast amounts of cash.

I designed the NAMPOF to offer a little more than safety and income than FANG at a comparable rate of growth.

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