Archive for the 'Amazon' Category

WALMART’S ONLINE STRUGGLES CONTINUE…

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Two stories popped up this morning that relate to Walmart’s continuing battle to figure out how to transform dominance in bricks-and-mortar retail sales to the same kind of crush-the-competition success in the virtual world of online sales. First up is this report by Madeleine Johnson headlined Walmart’s Unoriginal ShippingPass is Still No Match for Amazon […]

IS FLORIDA BECOMING THE CENTER OF HELL…?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Earlier this week I speculated that Walmart’s decision to build eight new distribution centers directly purposed for the expansion of the Bentonvile Behemoths online competition with Amazon was like adding eight rings to Dante’s Inferno. This morning I read the news from Brevard County, Florida, that the county commissioners there voted a $3.74 million tax […]

WALMART BUILDING EIGHT RINGS OF HELL…?

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Over the last few days the news feed has been filled with stories regarding Walmart’s decision to offer a two-day shipping subscription service in the Bentonvile Behemoth’s quest to take down Amazon. This morning, reading Here’s How Walmart Plans To Take On Amazon Prime I came up short at the first sentence of the second […]

TIME TO STRIKE THE BANNERS AT WALMART…?

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

The business world is all abuzz over Walmart’s announcement of a two-day shipping subscription service targeted directly at Amazon’s Prime service. I don’t like buying from Amazon anymore than I do from Walmart for a variety of reasons, but the main reason focuses on the company’s use of ginormous warehouses in obscure communities where workers […]

WALMART HAS ANOTHER ASK FOR VENDORS…

Monday, May 9th, 2016

When Walmart needs to slash costs the Bentonvile Behemoth turns first to the serfs who till the fields vendors that supply product for the company’s shelves. Why divert any of the stockholders’ profits when others can be made to pay? Why indeed. In the ongoing struggle with Amazon for online parity, if not dominance, Walmart […]

CAN HIGH TECH SAVE EVERYDAY LOW PRICES…?

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

In terms of operating costs, virtual trumps bricks-and-mortar. Walmart has invested in, and fought long hard battles for, actual locations where customers have to travel to to buy merchandise. These fixed costs—maintenance, light, heat, employees—add up and are nearly impossible to eliminate. Walmart’s principle competitor, Amazon, has avoided nearly all of these costs by staying […]

WOULD YOU TAKE A WAL-JOB FOR $149,000…?

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas, writing in Who Earns $149,000 In Walmart? answers the question: techies. Walmart has a reputation for paying very little money to its low-skill floor employees. But it pays big money to recruit and retain talent for its eCommerce division, where starting salaries can be as high as $149,000 a year, according […]

IS THEIR PROFIT IN CURBSIDE SERVICE…?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Back on Friday I considered the rationals behind Walmart’s expansion to curbside and pickup services for customers who shop on line. Fortune contributor Neil Stern, writing in For CVS And Walmart, Curbside Pickup May Be A Great Idea That Customers Don’t Want asks the most basic question for any business: is there money in the […]

AS LONG AS I DON’T HAVE TO GO INSIDE…?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

[Update at 0400 on 18 April: The Motley Fool weighs in on the service, and points to the costs: Wal-Mart’s efforts to widen its moat against Amazon are admirable, but they’re also expensive. The company invested nearly $1.3 billion in e-commerce expansion in fiscal 2016, up from $1 billion in 2015. It spent another $1.2 […]

IS AMAZON’S LEAD TOO GREAT FOR WALMART…?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Yesterday I noted that in a list of reasons why Walmart’s revenues didn’t climb in 2015, Amazon is mentioned in 40 percent of the reasons. That’s no coincidence. Amazon is the single greatest threat in the near term to the Walton family fortunes and they fully understand that the company is gunning for Walmart. Walmart […]

WALMART VS. AMAZON VS. JET; WHO WINS…?

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

There is nothing Nature, or business, hates more than two of anything. Monopolies are the gold standard, but having just two entities, going head-to-head, is an abomination. So, that a third company would challenge Walmart and Amazon in what I think is the future of retailing, was to be expected. Sarah Halzack decided to do […]

JET CHASING AMAZON (AND WALMART)…

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Back on 21 July I noted the entrance of Jet in the online brawl that is Walmart and Amazon. While media are focused on Amazon, Walmart is the business elephant in the fight. My sense is that Amazon and Jet are already focused on a more upscale base, one that can afford to subscribe to […]

WHY IS AMAZON WORTH MORE THAN WALMART…?

Friday, July 31st, 2015

That’s a good question in my book. To me this question would be like an 18th century investor pondering the question of whether his money would be better placed with a Spanish slave trader or a Portuguese slave trader. From my point-of-view, if you have money to invest, put that money elsewhere entirely, but Ben […]

IS WALMART V. AMAZON ALL ABOUT SEX TOYS…?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Of course, Mac McClelland nailed this story more than three years ago, but to be fair to Walmart, the company does sell sex toys online, although in a slightly more discreet manner. And dildos. Really, a staggering number of dildos. At breaks, some of my coworkers complain that they have to handle so many dildos. […]

ANALYZING THE WALMART V. AMAZON WAR…

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

When the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 retailers butt heads, Wall Street pays attention. We may be witnessing a tipping point here but I’m not willing to predict which way the market will fall because the of the bricks-and-mortar vs. shipping costs equation is not yet decided. How the government finally settle the issues […]