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Amazon’s Fresh Stores may more than double its grocery sales; Go after Aldi, not Walmart.

Food Fight , Retail
Amazon

The end battle in Amazon’s war against grocery stores has begun: Amazon Fresh is opening brick and mortar locations. Four stores have launched in California, with more coming in Illinois, offering everyday low prices for all customers (not just Prime members). That’s the same value proposition that pushed 95% of U.S. consumers to shop at...

Rivian/Amazon Electric Truck Taps the $17.3B Opportunity Tesla Missed

Battle for Convenience , Retail
Amazon , Tesla

We analyzed the opportunity for Tesla to build an electric delivery truck back in 2018, and estimated a $17.3B sales opportunity over 10 years. That compares to an estimated $9.85B in revenue over 10 years it’d make selling electric Semis (yet to launch,) effectively forsaking over $7B dollars. It appears Rivian will now be tapping...

TikTok: Walmart’s $7.5B ticket to unshackle from Google

Battle for Eyeballs , Online Advertising , Retail
Walmart

Nobody in America has cracked social commerce. Of the $60B+ sales made via social commerce worldwide in 2019, less than $1B came reportedly from the U.S. Chinese netizens made the bulk of these impulse buys. Yet Walmart, a largely traditional brick & mortar retailer, thinks Tik Tok can help it leapfrog ahead of Amazon and...

Walmart Likely Shopping for Cashierless Technology

Battle for Convenience , Retail
Walmart

TLDR: We predict Walmart acquiring a cashier-less tech startup like Grabango. Cashierless forced into mainstream COVID is also pushing retailers to try radical changes. Walmart is testing cashierless checkout by replacing people with self-checkout machines. Customers may not enjoy self-checkout so much. Researchers found that more than 60% of shoppers who use self-checkout don’t use...

Amazon, Walmart, Target prepare for uncertain COVID-19 demand; Costco parties on.

Disrupting Healthcare , Retail
Amazon , Costco , Target , Walmart

TLDR: Costco is most confident in growth during and post-COVID. Target least. Surge in temp hires during COVID-19 Amazon, Costco and Walmart all appear to be investing to grow during COVID. The three retail giants posted more new job postings from April to July 2020 than they did in the same time period last year....

Amazon Just Walk Out: Just In Time For Post-COVID Shopping Era.

Battle for Convenience , Retail
Amazon

Summary: Amazon is ramping up recruiting for Just Walk Out technology, preparing for changing shopping behaviors post-COVID. Retailers without internal tech or analytics teams will benefit most. We wrote in May 2018 that Amazon would make more money selling its cashierless checkout technology to other retailers than opening more Go stores. Well, Amazon finally announced exactly that this past...