The Facts About Online vs Offline Stores In 2018

Some of the biggest brands out there made the move to online retail a good few years ago, and although the infographic created by Red Brain shows they have had some incredible sales, it is nothing compared to what their sales are in their physical stores.

Although people appreciate a brand being online, they are not ready to see their favourite brands disappear from the high streets completely.

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CDs are dead but Vinyl Lives

A likely outcome of this is the only CDs left will be those from superstars with guaranteed audiences; such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift. Swift did sell over 500,000 CDs of her Redemption album. That is nothing compared to digital; where Swift sold 925,000 copies of her Reputation album in three days last year.

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Sears the Death Spiral Continues

There are strong indicates that Sears has run out of money. The company is unable to make payments on a $400 million loan that was due on June 30, 2018.

The next likely scenario is that Sears will sell off Kenmore, possibly to Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), or Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW). Any of those companies would be smart to have Kenmore as an exclusive appliance brand. Sears is finished but Kenmore might survive.

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Will Best Buy Survive the Retail Apocalypse?

Acquiring Best Buy would be a smart and logical move for Amazon.

Best Buy’s 1,026 stores would give Amazon a brick and mortar footprint for pickup and delivery. Those stores would serve as ideal locations for people to see and test Amazon merchandise and get familiar with new Amazon products such as Echo, Amazon TV, Kindle, and Fire. Best Buy could serve as Amazon’s answer to the Apple Store.

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Amazon is Growing but is it Making Money?

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.

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Would Amazon buy Sears or Nordstrom?

This does not mean Amazon would not buy a department store. I can certainly picture it acquiring Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN); which has a “best in the industry” reputation, and a loyal customer following much like Whole Foods. It also likes to implement next generation retail practices like setting up “storefronts” for online merchants and Tesla dealerships in its stores.

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What Will Amazon Acquire Next?

The question we need to ask is: “what companies will Amazon acquire next?” Some probable candidates for Amazon acquisition include:

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Kroger is winning the Grocery Wars; Amazon has Bought Whole Foods

Kroger (NYSE: KR) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) are winning the grocery wars. Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) has given up

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Chase Pay is Available

There are also plans to roll out Chase Pay at Walmart, Phillips 66 gas stations, Conoco filling stations, Shoprite and The Fresh Grocer supermarkets and Shell convenience stores within the next year or so. Chase and Walmart made a big deal of the availability through Walmart Pay a while back so that is probably a done deal.

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Kroger has Far More Value than You Think

All this means that Kroger might be the best stock to buy take advantage of the paradigm shift that is transforming American retail.

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