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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 […]


“Millennials Don’t Care About Logos”: How Collapsing Brand Loyalty Will Allow Amazon To Dominate Apparel

Despite daily affirmations from the White House that “everything is awesome” with the economy, 2017 has been a miserable year for retailers.  As Reorg First Day points out, over 30 retailers, with debt aggregating into the billions of dollars, have filed for bankruptcy so far this year… After Shiekh Shoes’ filing today, at least 30 […]


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 […]


Wal-Mart Slashes Online Prices To Match Amazon…Does It Matter?

Wal-Mart’s in-store prices have long been the lowest in the retail industry after decades of building a massive store footprint and subsequently beating vendors into submission.  That said, with brick-and-mortar sales continually being eroded by online sales, pricing dominance against Amazon is becoming far more important than in-store dominance against the likes of Target. To […]


Black Friday Sales Buoyed by ‘Blessed’ Cold Weather

Content originally published at iBankCoin.com The media is working over time to give retailers good press, seeing that they’re all but destroyed now. Long stories filled with anecdotal quotes from store managers litter the internet today, exclaiming the virtues being able to touch and feel items on sale, as opposed to merely buying them via […]


Automation Nation: America’s Largest Employer ‘Secretly’ Tests Self-Driving Floor-Scrubbers

Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, America’s middle class must come to the realization that the country’s largest employer–Walmart is quietly testing an army of robots that soon will replace their jobs. The latest installment is an autonomous floor scrubber being tested at five store locations near the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. The […]


“I Was Expecting Many More People”: Black Friday Tumbles To 3rd Spot In Busiest Shopping Days Of The Year

It has been an odd year for retail: with an estimated 6,000 store closures, and 65,000 fewer retail jobs than at the start of the year, many have said shorting retail, and especially malls, is the next “big short” trade. Indeed, one look at the performance of the mall heavy CMBX 6 BBB- tranche confirms […]


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 […]


Walmart Nation: Mapping The Largest Employers In America

In an era where Amazon steals most of the headlines, it’s easy to forget about brick-and-mortar retailers like Walmart. But, even though the market values the Bezos e-commerce juggernaut at about twice the sum of Walmart, Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins notes that the blue big-box store is very formidable in other ways. For example, revenue […]


Walmart Jumps 4%, Pushes Dow Futures Higher After Beating, Boosting Guidance

Walmart is trading 4% higher, pushed Dow futures higher, after reporting Q3 earnings that beat expectations on the top and (adjusted) bottom line – in big part due to the recent hurricanes – while boosting Q4 guidance, despite reporting a decline in profit margins. The company reported GAAP EPS of $0.58, which however management claimed […]


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 […]


Wal-Mart Is Raising Prices Of Food, Household Products On Its US Website

Somebody should tell Wal-Mart they’re doing it wrong. In what the Wall Street Journal described as an attempt to lure customers back to its brick-and-mortar locations, Wal-Mart has been quietly raising prices for some food and household products sold on its US website, including Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Colgate toothbrushes and bags of Purina dog […]


Americans Prove They Don’t Give A Cluck About “Cage-Free”; They Just Want Cheap Eggs

“Cage-free” eggs were supposed to be the next big thing in America.  Over the past several years everyone from McDonalds to Wal-Mart has promised to convert to cage-free eggs on the premise that millennial consumers would demand at least 144 square inches of space for the layers of their morning omelettes to frolic in freedom. […]


What Happened To “What Happened”: Amazon Slashes Hillary’s Book Price 40% Before It Hits Shelves

Last Friday, in an attempt at humor, we shared a satirical note from The Onion suggesting that Hillary had already begun work on a follow-up book, entitled “What Also Happened,” intended to define precisely who was to blame for the failure of her first book, “What Happened.” Alas, if prices are any indicator of demand, […]