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Has Walmart Made Amazon Prime Irrelevant?

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Amazon(NASDAQ: AMZN) customers pay $119 per year or $12.99 a month for Prime, which gives them unlimited free one- or two-day shipping on over 100 million items. It's an offer that has helped the online retailer become a dominant force -- but it also requires people to pay for something that Walmart(NYSE: WMT) now offers (a version of) for free. The chain also only offers two-day shipping, while Amazon has moved many of its orders to one-day. Walmart has tried to build its much smaller offering around the items people order most often. For some people, that's not an issue because they're reasonably flexible when it comes to brands, package size, and exactly what they're ordering. For others, the difference between a few million items and over 100 million is a deal-breaker.

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Large Option Traders Betting On Amazon Over Walmart This Earnings Season

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Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) is flourishing in the Amazon era, but some large option traders are betting 2020 will once again be Amazon’s year. On Tuesday, Benzinga Pro subscribers received five option alerts related to unusually large trades of Amazon and Walmart options:. In addition, there was a $3.23 million trade in Amazon Jan. 31 $1,862.50 puts at the midpoint of the bid-ask spread, a price point typically considered to be neutral. Even traders who stick exclusively to stocks often monitor option market activity closely for unusually large trades. Unfortunately, stock traders often use the options market to hedge against their larger stock positions, and there’s no surefire way to determine if an options trade is a standalone position or a hedge. In this case, given the relatively large size of the largest Amazon trades and the fact make it possible that at least some of the trades were institutions hedging against large positions in Amazon stock.

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How Amazon and Walmart Ate Blue Apron's Lunch

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Jan 21, 2020 8:20AM EST. How Amazon and Walmart Ate Blue Apron's Lunch | NASDAQ. When Blue Apron(NYSE: APRN) initiated its IPO in 2017, meal kits were trending. HelloFresh(ETR: HFG) saw U.S. customers expand from 710,000 to 1.48 million during that same time period. But HelloFresh is an exception in the market, and its customer gains barely offset the losses at Blue Apron. Thirty-six percent of consumers report buying groceries from Amazon last year, more than any other retailer. And those numbers ought to keep growing in 2020, as both Walmart and Amazon push to make home grocery delivery cheaper and easier for consumers than going to their local supermarket or subscribing to a meal kit service. Usage of grocery delivery surpassed meal kits in 2019, according to a survey from CivicScience. And while Blue Apron might expect its active customer numbers to turn around this year, it might be too late for it to take on the growing trend of online grocery sales happening at Amazon and Walmart.

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Sunday, January 19


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Sainsbury's cheaper than Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose

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The consumer group has crowned the food store after tracking thousands of branded grocery prices across six major supermarkets throughout the year. And, according to their research, the top store is Sainsbury's. experts compiled a list of 53 common grocery items from Andrex toilet tissue to Weetabix breakfast cereal, and found that the goods cost just £107.01 a month at Sainsbury’s on average across the year. In stark contrast, the exact same items would have set you back £117.81 a month at Waitrose - 10 per cent more and potentially costing shoppers an annual total of £129.60 more than if they had done the equivalent shopping at Sainsbury’s. Asda came in as the second cheapest supermarket, with an average monthly cost of £107.65 for the items on Which?’s shopping list. Head of Home Products and Services, said: “Your weekly supermarket shop can have a significant impact on your wallet, and the start of a new year is a good time to look at your household spending to see if there are areas where you can save money.

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Saturday, January 18


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This Is Why Amazon and Walmart Are Winning Retail

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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has made online shopping incredibly easy. For its Prime customers, it takes only a few clicks to make a purchase that will arrive at their home in about a day in most cases. The company has also innovated in its Amazon Go retail stores, where consumers can pay for purchases automatically without having to stand in a checkout line. Over 8-in-10 consumers (83%) said "convenience while shopping is more important to them now compared with five years ago," according to the National Retail Federation's (NRF) Winter Consumer View report. Walmart has not met that standard on a widespread basis, but it has made it very easy for customers to order online and pick up in-store -- sometimes without even leaving your car.

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Sainsbury's cheaper than Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose

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The consumer group has crowned the food store after tracking thousands of branded grocery prices across six major supermarkets throughout the year. And, according to their research, the top store is Sainsbury's. experts compiled a list of 53 common grocery items from Andrex toilet tissue to Weetabix breakfast cereal, and found that the goods cost just £107.01 a month at Sainsbury’s on average across the year. In stark contrast, the exact same items would have set you back £117.81 a month at Waitrose - 10 per cent more and potentially costing shoppers an annual total of £129.60 more than if they had done the equivalent shopping at Sainsbury’s. Asda came in as the second cheapest supermarket, with an average monthly cost of £107.65 for the items on Which?’s shopping list. Head of Home Products and Services, said: “Your weekly supermarket shop can have a significant impact on your wallet, and the start of a new year is a good time to look at your household spending to see if there are areas where you can save money.

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Walmart U.S. Chief Merchandising Officer Bratspies departs

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U.S. Walmart U.S. Chief Merchandising Officer Bratspies departs. (Reuters) - Chief merchandising officer of Walmart Inc's (WMT.N) U.S. operations, Steve Bratspies, is set to leave the big-box retailer, according to an internal memo sent on Friday. Company veteran Scott McCall will replace Bratspies, who has been responsible for improving Walmart's food offerings, digital capabilities and pricing at its about 5,000 U.S. stores since 2015. In another move, COO of clubhouse operator Sam's Club, Dacona Smith, will take over as chief operating officer of Walmart U.S., the memo said.

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An Obsession With Amazon Is Ruining Walmart Stock

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Over the last year Walmart shares are up nearly 20%, opening for trade Jan. 16 at a little over $115 per share. When the company reports its fourth-quarter results analysts are expecting full-year sales of $525 billion. That sounds great, but it’s just 2.1% ahead of last year’s $514 billion. And this has been a very good year for Walmart. Assuming it hits the mark, Walmart sales will rival those of Amazon (NASDAQ:) and Apple (NASDAQ:) combined. Its market capitalization of $327 billion, however, is barely one-third of Amazon’s because Walmart brings just 3% of revenue to the net income line. And it’s growing more slowly. But Walmart’s impact on, and relation to, the general economy, is much greater. Amazon revenues may indeed overtake those of Walmart one day, but over half of Amazon revenues are on behalf of third parties.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Beyond Meat, UBS, Walmart, Restaurant Brands International and Conagra Brands

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Consumers are increasingly opting for vegan meat products over beef and pork on concerns over health and environmental risks, thereby encouraging more companies to enter the space. With China reportedly consuming 27% of the world-wide meat production, analysts believe that more consumers in the nation will switch to vegan meat once there has been a significant rise in awareness regarding the health and environmental impact of meat products. With competition mounting in the imitation meat business and companies targeting broader audiences, both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, we have shortlisted four stocks that are poised to gain. While two stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), the other two carry a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The Bentonville, AR-based retailer currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 and has seen positive earnings estimate revisions for fiscal 2020 and 2021. Since August,Restaurant Brands International Inc. has been offering meatless burger of Impossible Foods through Burger King.

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Leeds-based Asda in talks with more than 2,800 staff over proposals to combine roles

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The Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda is in talks with more than 2,800 staff over plans to combine some roles. In a statement, the supermarket chain said: “Asda is consulting with 2,832 employees, who work in back office roles in its supermarkets across the country, over proposals to combine some of its administrative tasks - which, if implemented may impact some colleague roles. “The supermarket has reiterated that these proposals are not final that it will always look to find alternative roles for impacted colleagues.”. The spokesman added: “The way in which we operate our store based back office has evolved over recent years to adapt to changing customer behaviour, such as an increase in card payments over cash.

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