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Kroger And Walmart Try More Gimmicks To Thwart Amazon; They Will Fail…Again

Over the summer, we argued that the grocery business in the U.S. is, and always has been, a fairly miserable one.  From A&P to Grand Union, Dahl’s, etc., bankruptcy courts have been littered with the industry’s failures for decades. The reason for the persistent failures is fairly simple…razor-thin operating margins that hover around 1-3% leave […]


Recovery? We Have Tripled The Number Of Store Closings From Last Year…

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Did you know that the number of retail store closings in 2017 has already tripled the number from all of 2016? Last year, a total of 2,056 store locations were closed down, but this year more than 6,700 stores have been shut down so far.  That […]


Caught On Tape: Chaos, Multiple Fights Break Out Among “Black Friday Zombies”

It’s Black Friday, and in keeping with the Holiday weekend tradition, media commentator Mark Dice traveled to Wal-Marts and other stores to document the “zombie apocalypse” of half-awake consumers hell-bent on elbowing past their peers so they can be sure to get the best deals on electronics, books, video games, clothes and any number of […]


One Person Shot Outside Mall, Brawl Closes Alabama Shopping Center As Black Friday Gets Going

A day after giving thanks, it appears the gentle folk of Missouri and Alabama are more about taking this morning… One person was shot outside a Missouri mall as swarms of shoppers looking for Black Friday deals saw chaos pop up throughout the country. As ABC17 reports, a 19-year-old person sustained life-threatening injuries after the […]


America’s New “Trick” To Beat Black Friday Crowds: Wear Employee Uniforms

US shoppers’ lust for Black Friday bargains this year has reached absurd new levels, evidenced by a viral joke that morphed into a disturbing new trend to help shoppers beat Wal-Mart and other big box store crowds by disguising themselves as temporary holiday employees. It started when Twitter user @OverlyLiked announcing he would be selling […]


America’s New “Trick”To Beat Black Friday Crowds: Wear Employee Uniforms

US shoppers’ lust for Black Friday bargains this year has reached absurd new levels, evidenced by a viral joke that morphed into a disturbing new trend to help shoppers beat Wal-Mart and other big box store crowds by disguising themselves as temporary holiday employees. It started when Twitter user @OverlyLiked announcing he would be selling […]


These Are The 7 Companies Amazon May Purchase Next

On Monday, a Morgan Stanley report that Amazon was contemplating “disrupting” the Healthcare Distribution sector slammed stocks in the industry, sending the sector sharply lower. Fast forward two days, when Amazon’s disruption appears to have started earlier than even MS anticipated, after a CNBC report that AWS CEO Andy Jassy is planning to announce that […]


Amazon Slashes Whole Foods Prices In Round 2 Of Grocer Wars

Three months after Amazon slashed some Whole Foods prices by as much as 43% on the day its purchase of the grocery chain closed in its first (of many) attempts to steal market share from competitors by selling at a loss, today Amazon announced round 2 of the grocer wars, when it unveiled even more […]


Amazon Says It’s “Almost Ready” To Get 1,000s Of Grocery Store Cashiers Fired

Late last year we noted Amazon’s efforts to ‘disrupt’ the traditional grocery retail model by introducing small format stores that allow customers to simply walk in, pick up what they want and walk out.  The concept store, dubbed AmazonGo, tracks a customer’s every move, including each item they remove from store shelves, allowing them to […]


Dying Malls Increasingly Rely On Taxpayer Handouts For Survival

America’s dying malls have been a frequent topic of discussion of late as these relics of the 80’s have been forced to convert once valuable high-end retail square footage into grocery stores, libraries and doctor offices just to keep the lights on.  Here’s just a small sampling of the recent carnage: A Third Of All […]


New Home Sales Explode In Storm-Soaked September – Biggest Jump In Over 25 Years

Following existing home sales modest bounce, new home sales in September exploded by 18.9% MoM – the biggest jump since January 1992. Against expectations of a 1.1% decline, new home sales soared 18.9% MoM in September – 9 standard deviations above expectations… And the biggest jump in 25 years…   To the highest SAAR since […]


Blood In The Streets? Storm-Savaged September Sees Home Sales Surge

Tumbling starts and permits data, and dismal new, pending, and existing home sales in August urged a rebound in September and existing home sales (amid massive storms) somehow managed to surge 0.7% MoM (smashing expectations of a 0.9% tumble). Sales in the South remain low, likely due to effects of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Inventories […]


Pending Home Sales Plunge; NAR Admits “The Housing Market Has Essentially Stalled”

After dismal drops in existing and new home sales, this morning's pending home sales data for August was a disaster, tumbling 2.6% MoM (3.1% YoY) to its lowest SAAR since January 2016. This is the second YoY decline in sales in a row, with SAAR tumbling to its lowest since Jan 2016…   Lawrence Yun, […]


Housing Horrors Continue: New Home Sales Tumble To Lowest Since 2016

Extending July's weakness (in new, existing, and pending home sales), August is off to a rough start with existing sales and now new home sales has collapsed (down 3.4% vs expectations of a 2.5% gain). July's big plunge in sales was revised slightly higher but this left August with a 560k SAAR sales rate – […]


Are Grocery Chains About To Join The Retail-Bankruptcy Bloodbath?

Amazon officially assumed control of Whole Foods Market on Monday and by noon, channel checks at WFM stores revealed that its new tech overlords had already slashed prices by nearly 50%, sending bonds of its grocery-chain rivals reeling as grocers confronted a new dilemma: either slash prices to the point of unprofitability, or hold the […]