|Bid||111.84 x 900|
|Ask||111.87 x 800|
|Day's Range||111.78 - 113.17|
|52 Week Range||85.78 - 115.49|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.66|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||39.21|
|Earnings Date||Aug 15, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.12 (1.86%)|
|1y Target Est||111.31|
Bearish FedEx investors worry that Amazon’s logistics ambitions are a threat to parcel shippers. “I don’t believe Amazon Logistics has any intension of being a third competitor in the marketplace,” Glenn Gooding, president of iDrive Logistics, said.
Dollar General (NYSE:DG) stores are not all the same.They look the same on the outside and, to some extent on the inside. But if you look closely, they're all different.Many small towns have a Dollar General because they're just too small to support a Walmart (NYSE:WMT) or even a standard grocery store. Some Dollar Generals sell high-end booze and cigarettes. Others are food deserts, with just frozen food and ready-to-eat snacks, surrounded by miles of poverty.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio This is how Dollar General sawed off the challenge of Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) after that company bought Family Dollar in 2015. Since then, Family Dollar has been closing hundreds of outlets, whose one-size-fits-all stocking can't compete. Over the last two years Dollar General's stock gain of 91.5% has nearly doubled the 52% gain of its rival, even though the Dollar Tree chain itself caters to upper-income shoppers. The Secret of Dollar GeneralMost reporters who covered the "dollar store war" early in this decade missed the point, because most finance reporters seldom leave their desks.It was the differences among individual Dollar General stores that let DG win the war. Neighborhoods that liked pork rinds got pork rinds. Small towns where some people made more money got higher-end merchandise. One size does not fit all.Editorial prejudice still prevents reporters from seeing it. Dollar stores are still covered as though they're all one thing.Dollar General stores can thrive in towns under 20,000, where people are making under $40,000 per year. It's this ability to make a profit from poor people that gives Dollar General its bad reputation.As farming communities plunge into feudalism, with just a few remote landowners and a lot of poverty, Dollar General expands. It's not always welcomed by everyone, but, for towns that might die otherwise it's a godsend. Don't Blame DGPoor counties blame Dollar General for their poverty, for taking what money their people do have and spiriting it away for plastic chairs and off-brand detergent.But where people do have money Dollar General can deal with it, adding seasonal merchandise, FedEx (NYSE:FDX) package drop-offs and delivery, Western Union (NYSE:WU) wire transfers, even fresh produce if there's a market for it.Dollar General reflects its markets. This is the mirror poor neighborhoods don't want held up to them. Dollar General can scoop up whatever money a small town or ghetto might have. Once it is established, it can then cater to whatever middle-class incomes exist there. That's also part of its business model. The Dollar General Stock Success StoryThis has made Dollar General a great momentum stock, a company that can prosper in both good times and bad.Dollar General isn't a fast-growing company, but it is growing. Sales are up 25% over the last three years, and Dollar General brings 6% of that to the net income line. That's twice what Kroger (NYSE:KR) does, and more than three times what mighty Walmart can do.This means Dollar General sports a market cap of almost $36 billion on sales of $25 billion. For a retailer this is insane. The only one that can beat it is Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST), which is worth 87% of sales. The Bottom LineDollar General has the reputation of being a bottom feeder, but the bottom must be fed. The company knows which markets it can serve and learns to serve those markets.The mirror Dollar General holds up to its customers, and to the rest of us, may distress some, but it's what we are. If we change, the store will change with us.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in KR. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post The Different Faces of Dollar General appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Amazon's (AMZN) strengthening Prime enabled services and benefits, and expanding AWS services portfolio are likely to drive second-quarter 2019 results.
Alden’s decisions to close hundreds of Fred's stores are playing out in meaningful ways far beyond Memphis, much less New York.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Kroger Co., the giant but aging supermarket chain, has unleashed a flurry of initiatives to ensure it won’t get thumped in a post-Amazon-buying-Whole-Foods world: It is revamping locations, bought a meal-kit company, and sold off its convenience-store business. Its biggest gamble, though, is a partnership with British online grocer Ocado Group Plc. The two plan to build as many as 20 automated grocery warehouses in the U.S. to help Kroger turbocharge its e-commerce operation.Grocery has proven a uniquely tough business to bring into the online era. Orders often have dozens of items – some frozen, some cold, some room temperature – and much of the inventory is perishable. That simply makes for a different challenge than the one Amazon.com Inc. has successfully tackled by getting a single laptop computer or phone charger on your doorstep in one day.Ocado has focused specifically on digital grocery shopping for its entire corporate life, and it shows. At its newest online grocery fulfillment center outside London, 1,000 robots zoom around a grid at a speed of four meters (13 feet) per second, extending a gripper to pick up and transport bins of groceries. The system strips out labor costs and enables human workers to pack about 600 items per hour. Every aspect of the fulfillment process is designed for the unique quirks of grocery, including systems that cue workers about what items in a given order they should put in a single grocery bag. (This ensures, for example, that something heavy doesn’t plop onto a dozen eggs.) Ocado estimates its system saves one hour of labor for every 50-item order – no small thing in a segment of retail with notoriously thin profit margins.There is a real benefit to specializing in solving the grocery conundrum, as Ocado has done. The company’s sales increased 12% last year to 1.6 billion pounds ($2 billion), according to its annual report, and its active customer count increased 11 percent from the previous year. So I’m confident that Ocado will improve Kroger’s game and equip it with advantages in the battle for U.S. market share. Ocado’s system will enable it to fill orders especially quickly and has a high level of accuracy – both important contributors to customer satisfaction. Down the road, it’s not hard to envision even more labor costs getting stripped out of Ocado’s system, enhancing the model’s profitability. But timing is everything in the fast-changing online grocery world. And right now, Amazon and Walmart Inc. are leading the pack.Neither Amazon nor Walmart has a system with the exact sort of wizardry of Ocado’s; even so, each is exploring its own ways of using automation to help with profitability and customer experience. Walmart is testing driverless cars for grocery delivery, and Amazon recently showed off some new warehouse robots of its own. It will take Kroger up to five years to build out the fleet of Ocado warehouses it has committed to building. I worry that won’t be fast enough to vault it past Walmart and Amazon in the race for online grocery supremacy – no matter how advanced and efficient Ocado’s system is.Take, for example, the specialized delivery vehicles Ocado has developed. They can be loaded with racks of grocery-filled bins designed to fit practically every inch of available cabin space and they have a separate compartment for cold items. A routing algorithm helps ensure they are loaded in an order conducive to a driver’s delivery path and that those routes are optimized for efficiency. This sounds way more efficient than some of the solutions Walmart and Amazon use these days, where a DoorDash or Amazon Flex contractor-courier loads up the trunk of his sedan with groceries. But that efficiency gain is only useful if Kroger can get the density of orders to make it count.Investors have already punished Kroger this year for disappointing on comparable sales growth and its annual profit forecast. It’s hard to assess how much this project might further test their patience, especially because the companies haven’t offered specifics on how they will share the costs of establishing and maintaining these facilities. But we know it won’t be cheap: Kroger has said it is investing $55 million to build the first of the Ocado-powered fulfillment centers.It might help if Kroger talked up other ways the warehouses could potentially support its business later, such as one day sending replenishment stock to nearby stores. And the new warehouses, in some cases, will be positioned to potentially expand Kroger’s addressable market. One of the first facilities Kroger committed to building is in central Florida, a market that Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jennifer Bartashus points out is one where regional heavyweight Publix Super Markets Inc. is beloved and ubiquitous and Kroger doesn’t have much presence. Kroger sees opportunity to crack this market with a compelling online offering.Overall, Kroger is better off for having partnered with Ocado. But I suspect it will turn out this arrangement doesn’t completely jolt the broader U.S. grocery industry the way it could have if it had been forged three or five years ago, before the competition had fully awakened to the e-commerce opportunity. Better late than never. To contact the author of this story: Sarah Halzack at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Sarah Halzack is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the consumer and retail industries. She was previously a national retail reporter for the Washington Post.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
One reason wages aren’t rising faster: companies making some creative moves to their corporate hierarchy.
The differences between Walmart's business model and Target's are immediately apparent. Walmart prefers the lowest cost, while Target angles more toward profit margin and youthful image.
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Walmart Inc. is reorganizing some of its leadership team in the wake of the decision to absorb Jet.com into its digital business. In the memo sent to associates, which was also sent to MarketWatch, Greg Smith has been named to head the combined supply chain team, which will bring together supply chain heads for grocery, e-commerce, fleet operations, and other business functions. Nate Faust, who had been leading the e-commerce fulfillment process, will help with this transition and then move to another post within the company, which will be discussed at a later time. Michael Dastugue has been named Walmart U.S. chief financial officer and Steve Schmitt, who is currently the CFO for Sam's Club, has been named U.S. e-commerce CFO. Brandi Joplin, currently chief audit executive, will take on the role of Sam's Club CFO and Todd Sears, currently assistant controller, will become chief audit executive. Ashley Buchanan has been named U.S. e-commerce chief merchandising officer. And Jeff Shotts, who is currently the e-commerce CFO, will now lead the U.S. marketplace business, reporting to Marc Lore. There are now openings for chief experience and strategy officer, chief product officer, and leader of the customer care team. Walmart stock has rallied more than 23% for the year to date while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 17% for the period. Read: Walmart CEO McMillon says the retailer has been playing ‘catch up’ in e-commerce
Over this decade, the freight industry has witnessed a steady queuing up of stakeholders within the market toward digitalizing their workflow, with the hope of improving visibility into operations and end-to-end transparency across supply chains. "The problem is not technology, it is the organization of the market," he said.
(Bloomberg) -- Walmart Inc. is conducting its second U.S. restructuring in as many months to better integrate its money-losing online business with its 4,700 physical stores.The world’s largest retailer will merge the logistics and finance teams for its e-commerce unit and stores, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg News. The company’s merchandising operation, which makes critical decisions on what products to carry, when to carry them and at what price, will maintain separate teams “to enable focus and speed,” Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said in the memo.Walmart’s digital business is inextricably tied to its stores, evidenced by its fast-growing grocery pickup service, where online orders are picked in its aisles, then trotted out to customers in the parking lot. Responsibility for that web grocery business falls under U.S. CEO Greg Foran rather than e-commerce chief Marc Lore.The decision to keep merchandising separate -- for now at least -- illustrates the primacy of Walmart’s in-store merchants, who for decades have wielded vast power inside Walmart’s sprawling corporate bureaucracy. It also shows the increasing complexity of managing an online business that sells about 75 million products, many from small third-party sellers, and now promises next-day delivery in many states to battle rival Amazon.com Inc.Separately, Walmart is expanding the role of Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside, who joined the company in 2018 after many years at American Express Co. She’ll now be responsible for running the team’s financial services, product returns and Walmart’s burgeoning advertising business -- ancillary units that are growing in importance as they generate incremental revenue and profit.Renewed PressureWalmart is facing renewed pressure to produce earnings at its online unit as it tries to keep traditional rivals like Target Corp. at bay and simultaneously chip away at the lead built up by Amazon. Underscoring the challenge, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant just wrapped up its Prime Day promotional event earlier this week, with sales surpassing those on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Walmart’s mission is complicated by the recent loss of its e-commerce chief revenue officer in the U.S., Scott Hilton, who had been a long-time lieutenant of Lore.Another of Lore’s deputies, Nate Faust, who had been running the supply chain for Walmart.com, will move to a new, undefined role, the memo said. Faust was one of the founders of Jet.com, which Walmart acquired in 2016 and has now been fully integrated into the larger company amid declining traffic and revenue.The newly combined logistics division will be led by Greg Smith, who currently runs that unit for the U.S. stores, while U.S. stores finance chief Michael Dastugue will take charge of the integrated team there. Ashley Buchanan, who currently runs merchandising at Walmart’s warehouse subsidiary Sam’s Club, will assume the new role of chief merchandising officer for U.S. e-commerce, but will remain in Bentonville, Arkansas, instead of moving to the unit’s California headquarters.Walmart’s U.S. online business has grown, becoming a viable second fiddle to Amazon after the division’s revenue expanded 40% last year. But the business continues to be in the red, with losses expected this year of about $1.7 billion, up from $1.4 billion last year, according to Morgan Stanley estimates.To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Boyle in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anne Riley Moffat at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jonathan Roeder, Mark SchoifetFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
As retailers get in line to roll out their quarterly earnings results in the coming weeks, the sharp divide between the fortunes of some of the nation’s largest retailers will come into focus. Given the record number of store closings already announced this year, investors shouldn’t expect a whole lot of good news to come out of some of the nation’s largest merchants. Many analysts expect department store retailers like J.C. Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) and Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS), for example, to continue to show deteriorating sales as they struggle to keep up with the shifts in spending.
Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST), the members-only, big box discount retailer, charges $60 for it's lowest level membership, the Costco Gold Star membership. This may seem like steep cost to buy things, but Costco uses a subscription model of business for three reasons. With several large supermarkets, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Supercenters, Target Corp. (TGT), Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and a variety of neighborhood groceries and farmer’s markets, Americans have lots of choice about where to spend their weekly food budget.
Hardly any online shopper could have missed the barrage of specials on Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) "Prime Day". And hardly and Amazon stock investors could have missed it either.This is a specially invented holiday first started in 2015 -- Amazon's 20th anniversary -- to compete with the traditional "Black Friday" shopping hysteria following the day after Thanksgiving.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsEnding last Tuesday, Prime Day was extended to a 48-hour event that listed over 1 million items at prices marked down from Amazon's already rock-bottom prices. While many items on sale are likely loss leaders, meaning they are sold at below cost simply to attract web traffic, the ultimate goal is to grow the number of paying Amazon Prime subscribers.Membership to Amazon Prime, which offers free delivery on most items and a list of other perks, such as a variety of free online streaming videos, costs $119 a year or $59 a year for students. Analysts estimate that while regular Amazon customers spend an average $600 per year, Amazon Prime members spend an average of $1,400 a year.Getting listed as an Amazon Prime Day special can be an outright windfall for vendors. According to Amazon on Tuesday afternoon, with just hours to go before the close of Prime Day, "Worldwide sellers -- predominantly small and medium-sized businesses -- saw the biggest 24-hour sales day in Amazon history."Preliminary estimates suggest that the second Prime Day even generated $5.8 billion in sales. * 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar With Amazon stock now trading near an all-time high of $2,010, giving it a market capitalization of nearly $1 trillion, the company is more valuable than the economies of many African nations. Can there be any upside left for AMZN shares? The Future of Amazon StockThe answer could be in how successful Amazon is in leveraging a few high-growth product categories. Top-line revenues will most likely continue to see double-digit growth. But, that alone may not lead to AMZN stock being able to meet and beat highly optimistic analyst earnings forecasts.Almost all of Wall Street is cheering Amazon stock on with consensus estimates and if all goes according to plan, they expect earnings to also grow by double digits. In fact, Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and the world's wealthiest person even after he made the largest divorce settlement in history, has often commented that for AMZN to grow past the $250 billion annual revenue target, it will need to rely heavily on expanding sales of low-margin, generic items. These include t-shirts, tube socks and groceries.In short, Amazon's core top-line revenue driver will continue to be competing in the retail consumer market as an online Walmart (NYSE:WMT). However, low priced t-shirts and tube socks do not exactly deliver the juicy profit margins of Apple's I-Phone X. And they aren't necessarily the primary driver of AMZN stock in the bigger picture.Growing top-line revenues by offering rock-bottom prices is simple enough. But will that top-line growth actually trickle down to earnings? Bottom Line on AMZNSome areas that investors will focus on are a few select high margin businesses, such as Amazon Web Services. Already, their fastest-growing business unit, AWS provides cloud computing processing power and data storage on a pay-as-you-go basis, much like an electric utility. Initially offered in 2002, AWS sales for the first quarter of this year reached $7.7 billion. This was a 41% increase from the $5.44 billion a year earlier, and it slightly beat the $7.69 billion average analyst estimate. This massive growth in AWS makes it the dominant source of earnings growth for all of Amazon. That will be a tough number to beat.Amazon has also launched its in-house fashion line which, according to Cosmopolitan, is "pretty damn cool." Along with serving as an official retail outlet for pricey luxury items from designers such as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, AMZN is clearly investing heavily in a number of high-margin businesses far removed from tube socks and t-shirts. * 7 of the Best Smart-Beta ETFs to Target Right Now The next quarterly earnings announcement for Amazon will be July 25. Over the last few years, Amazon stock has racked up an impressive record of surprising the market by announcing numbers exceeding estimates. Enthusiasm about the next earnings release is at a dizzying peak to the point that the market expects little short of Amazon announcing that it discovered a cure for cancer and found a solution to end global warming.However, many skeptics are starting to bail on AMZN stock and taking profits now. The slightest hiccup in the frothy Amazon story with earnings-per-share numbers actually falling a few pennies below analysts' forecast, and an utterly unthinkable scenario, could lead to a rapid de-frothing of Amazon stock's sky-high share price.As of this writing, Theodore Kim did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now * The 10 Best Cryptocurrencies to Keep on Your Radar * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That Could Triple (But You Won't Make Money) The post Is Amazon Stock Really Worth All the Hype After Prime Day Buzz? appeared first on InvestorPlace.