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Cyber Monday sales hit $7,9 billion last year, but today it is estimated to hit $9,4 billion

People love days like this; Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So far, Black Friday has been very chaotic, but this time it was much better. This is very important days for all the retailers, So, how is it going for them this time?

It`s no doubt; Trump`s booming economy is working. Thanksgiving broke records with $4,2 billion in online sales. Black Friday also hit a new high. Consumers spent $7,4 billion online last friday buying goods online via computers, tablets and smartphones.

Smart people buy products on days like this, and if you are one those who didn`t use your card last week, you have a few hours to do it today. On Cyber Monday. And if you do, you will not be alone to do it.

Last year, Cyber Monday sales hit $7,9 billion, but today it is estimated to hit $9,4 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. If this holds, it will be a jump of 18,9% from last year.

Shoppers do not go to the stores on days like this. It`s all about online sales. Not only that. Extreme weather will also force some people to shop online, and shoppers are expected to spend $11 million per minute during the peak hour of 11:00 p.m ET.

The reason why the lines were thiny on Black Friday is the retailers early sales start. Retailers began sales in early November, so people didn`t wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday this time. This also means less chaos.

In fact, Black Friday was predicted to be the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S for shoppers to head out to stores, but people made it online on their shopping carts. Online spending on Black Friday hit a record of $5,4 billion, and that is up 22,3% from last year.

The winners in this game so far is Target, Best Buy and Walmart, while the department stores are still a little bit slower. Both, Target and Walmart saw bigger jumps in online customer spending than Amazon during the first two weeks of November.

Nordstrom had the biggest jump in online sales. Up 60%. Second is Walmart with a 53% jump, while Amazon on the third place jumped 49%, and that`s huge for an already Giant in online sales if you ask me.

Buy online and pick up in stores as well as curbside pickup services since November 1 have seen a 43,2% growth since 2018, according to Adobe. Shoppers have so far spent a record $72,1 billion online between November 1 and December 1. Shoppers are also on track to hit $143,7 billion in online sales for the full holiday season.

One of the most popular products on days like this is a Smartphone. So, it`s headed for a new online spending record next year. Or…..

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Fast delivery is very important to some e-commerce Giants

Amazon is expected to report earnings on Thursday 24 after market close, and the consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $4,46, and that is below the reported earnings for the same quarter last year that came in at $5,75.

I have been watching Amazon for two decades and it`s a big surprice to see that the company is still interesting. The company has been growing since the late 90`s and have now become a huge conglomerate with many businesses on top of its core business.

Amazon increased the shipping cost but what happens when its drones are taking over?

Cloud computing is one of the biggest winners at the conglomerate at the moment, and that`s also one of the biggest reasons why investors are holding their shares. It`s not their e-commerce business I`m looking at right now. It`s simply AWS (Amazon Web Services).

AWS made up about two-thirds of Amazon`s operating income last quarter. 13% of Amazon`s revenue comes from AWS. This is one of the most interesting part of the conglomerate with its great business model.

AWS grew 49% in the same quarter last year, and last quarter AWS reported a 37% growth and that is still a very great number. But it costs. Last quarter, Amazon reported that they had invested heavily in AWS.

Amazon added more personnel to the marketing team as well as the AWS`s technical team. Money makes money, and these investments should pay off in the long run.

Amazon have big competitors out there and one of the biggest are Rakuten in Japan and Alibaba in China. I receive many packages from them all and free and fast delivery is critical important to them all.

Jeff Bezos knows it and that`s why they now are in direct competition with FedEx and UPS to name a few. Amazon have recently started to ship third-party goods through its own logistics system, and that`s probably why FedEx made a decision to cut ties with them. This is probably why FedEx also reported negative results in its recent earnings.

According to Rakuten, Amazon has gone from shipping 15% of its own packages in 2017 to 50% today. Will they continue to ship its own packages through its own logistics system, and what is the percentage?

The shipping cost accelerated and can increase. On top of that Amazon still have its one-day shipping strategy which is a strategy not all of the e-commerce giants can follow up. I receive many packages from Ebay and sometimes it can take weeks and months to see the item arrive. But they have a different strategy.

Investors should look at it in the long run and keep in mind that the shipping cost can drop when the drones are coming to play the game. But it remain to see when that is happening.

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Walmart`s online business is growing but it has come at a cost to profitability

Walmart is the world`s third largest employer by numer of employees. 2,2 million worldwide last year with 1,5 million in the U.S and 700,000 international. Walmart Inc is an American mutinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores and grocery stores.

The company is expedted to report earnings on Thursday 15 before market open. The report wil be for the fiscal Quarter ending July 2019. The consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $1,22, and the report for the same quarter last year was $1,29.

As of April 30, 2019, Walmart has 11,368 stores and clubs in 27 countries, operating under 55 different names. The company is the world`s largest company by revenue, with US$514,405 billion. It is a publicly traded family-owned business, as the company is controlled by the Walton family.

So far in 2019, Walmart is the largest U.S grocery retailer, and 65 percent of Walmart`s US$510,329 billion sales came from U.S operations. Their investments outside America have seen mixed results. Its operations and subsidiaries in the U.K, Central and South America, and China are highly successful, whereas its venture failed in Germany and South Korea.

Their approach to Amazon`s busines model and international expansion will continue to lift the company further. The street is looking for a top-line growth of 1,7 percent but there is concerns over the impact of trade war.

Many investors will watch out for the margins on the report as the cost of some of the goods are changing. JPMorgan has estimated in a report that the company could see up to 40 percent reduction in operating profit because of the tariffs on Chinese imports. But that will have an impact on the next quarter.

The online sales is a success and its going straight up. The e-commerce activity are up 37 percent YoY. They compete with Amazon and they are both speeding up their delivery times. In my recent article the headline was retail acopalypse, but what about Walmart?

They have also closed a lot of stores but Walmart has the best developed web grocery business with 2,450 stores offering curbside order pickup.

Walmart`s online growth has come at a cost to profitability, though. Gross margins of 24,3 percent were in line with analysts estimates but did mark a slight YoY contraction. That can be attributed to higher labor costs, plus online sales that typically deliver lower margins that in-store sales.

The company also said in a report that transportation expenses have eased somewhat this year. CFO Brett Biggs recently said; “Our first quarter results put us in a good position to achieve full-year goals.”

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Amazon India is in early stage talks to acquire Uber Eats India

Investors lifted Lyft yesterday. Will they do the same with Uber Technologies which is expected to report earnings on Thursday after market close. The report will be for the fiscal Quarter ending June 2019. The consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $-3,30.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission votes to extend the cap on the number of permitted Uber drivers in the city for an additional 12 months. Earlier this year, NYC enacted minimum wage rules for ride-hail drivers.

Uber thinks it`s unlikely to receive a five-year license to operate in London, but the ride-hail company expects Transport for London to award a another fifteen-month, short-term license.

Amazon India is interested in entering the food delivery business so that it can add it to the list of services it provides and Amazon is in early stage talks to acquire Uber Eats India, according to Business Standard.

Deliveroo which is backed by Uber and Amazon are planning to acquire the Spanish food delivery startup Glovo. The company was last valued at $950 million and they are planning to go public in 2020.

GrubHub and Just Eat are planning to compete with Uber Eats and Amazon-backed Deliveroo, and they`re in the early stages of a $10 billion merger.

Street consensus calls for revenue of $3,3 billion which is up from Uber`s first-quarter revenue of $3,1 billion with an adjusted Ebitda loss of $869 million. Some investors are worried by Uber`s competiton in the global market and they are concerned about the ability to ever reach profitability.

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Facebook has partnered with Visa and Paypal and they will launch Libra on Tuesday

I have been watching Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market for years now, and so far it has been a bumpy ride. Its not mainstream yet and it seems like Bitcoin is just for traders, and not a currency people around the world use to buy things with. But Facebooks Libra can be a gamechanger.

Mark Zuckerberg and his team is expected to provide details about its brand new cryptocurrency called Libra in a white paper set for release on Tuesday. Only a few trade with Bitcoin, but what do you think will happen if nearly 3 billion users on Facebook start to trade with Libra?

Facebook has partnered with companies like Visa, Paypal and Uber to name a few. They have all invested in the cryptocurrency and will help to oversee its use. Libra will be tied to several traditional fiat currencies in a bid to protect Libra from price volatility.

Bitcoin and the comming cryptocurrency Libra is not alone in the market. There are hundreds of other cryptocurrensies out there and there is more to come. What do you think will happen when Google and Amazon is joining the club?

Barclays analyst Ross Sandler predicted earlier this year that the digital currency could produce as much as $19 billion in new revenue in just two year for Facebook alone. It will be one of the most important milestones for Facebook in the history of the company.

Facebook can really help countries in need. Facebook`s Libra can provide a more stable market in areas with volatile currencies and unstable governments. It can be helpful for countries like Venezuela and other countries with ridiculous inflation.

Mark Zuckerberg`s brand new cryptocurrency platform could provide the embattled social media giant with a new revenue stream of historic proportions as it contends with a possible fedral antitrust probe and continued scrutiny over its data privacy practices.

Facebook`s long-awaited cryptocurrency payments plan will be exposed on Tuesday and analysts are bullish. This is a big and historic moment for Facebook and the world.

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