While the market in general wasn't fazed by this news, many grocers and other retailers were. The company has a reputation of treating its workers well - offering perks such as 20% discounts on produce and a low-priced healthcare plan.
The question is, should Costco be anxious about this merger and should investors stay away from the stock? "We do not think an alternative suitor would evoke the same reaction".
3 Reasons Why Costco Isn't Going Away#1. But he said he's looking for ways to modernize elements of the "show" his stores put on - such as the singing animatronics - to ensure that grocery shopping remains a family event. The e-commerce giant reported $1.48 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.45. And revenues hit $28.86 billion, beating estimates by $320 million. Among the 20 stocks most at risk, based on year-to-date performance, are Kroger, Macy's, and Foot Locker. Customers just pick up what they want and walk out with sensors detecting the items. The warehouse giant fits this perfectly. Shoppers buy groceries often. At best they might be able to match it, which wouldn't cause a flood of members to leave. Its biggest online idea this year is Restock, a facsimile of Amazon's three-year-old Prime Pantry service, which delivers a box full of different household essentials for a flat fee. It is operating in 24 states already.
"Pure internet grocery sales are likely to remain limited given supply chain challenges, cost and consumer preferences, but blended subscription and click-and-collect models will likely grow", a second CBRE report this month said. It is included is your annual membership. Most importantly, selling food is another way for them to attract and retain customers, especially if tied to the Amazon Prime subscription service.
USA antitrust enforcement has generally looked favorably on deals that reduce consumer prices, and Amazon supporters contend the deal will be good for consumers. Both the in-store experience and the many attempts at online delivery - from Webvan to Instacart to Amazon's own service, Amazon Fresh- have failed to create the sort of seamless buying experience we enjoy with nonfood e-commerce. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. After introducing its "AmazonBasics" batteries, for instance, the site made them the top result for "batteries" searches over Duracell and Energizer, notes James Thomson, a former Amazon employee who was in charge of bringing in new sellers to the site.
But Amazon isn't just trying to change how we buy groceries. Whole Foods Market will retain its headquarters in Austin, Texas, and John Mackey will remain chief executive officer. "While the work won't be done overnight, we are committed to getting it right for the long term".
Then there is synergy.
Doing so with Whole Foods brands as well would help lower costs and possibly diminish Amazon's reliance on packaged food makers like Kraft Heinz and PepsiCo. But he noted how Whole Foods might benefit from Amazon's expertise with technology.
Now, however, food is a key piece of Amazon's long-term focus. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and forty-six have issued a buy rating to the company's stock.
Founded as a bookseller in 1994 and now the world's biggest online retailer that sells everything from paper towels to designer clothing, Amazon sent grocery stocks into a tailspin Friday when it announced it planned to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Over many years Ocado has been touted by its supporters first as the logical next move for Amazon, and subsequently the logical defence against Amazon; that the USA retailer is becoming multichannel does little to enhance Ocado's attractiveness as a takeover candidate to our minds. Its value is set by a financial consultant based on the performance of a "peer group" of other supermarket chains with publicly traded stock. "How do you get perishable goods to someone's house?"
This author has no positions in any stock mentioned and does not plan to open any positions in any stocks mentioned for at least 72 hours after publication of this article.