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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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Will investors lift Lyft?

Investors are jumping into the market again and some say you must buy the dip. Can investors lift the Lyft stock to a higher level? Lyft is expected to report earnings on Wednesday 8 after market close.

The company is scheduled to announce Q2 earnings results on Wednesday and EPS Estimate is -$1,66 and the consensus Revenue Estimate is $809,64M. The history of the company is short and so are the company itself. Lyft was founded 7 years ago as Zimride in San Fransico, California.

General Motors is one of the biggest owners with a 6,6% stake but the biggest owner is Rakuten with a 11% stake. Rakuten is a Japanese electronic commerce and internet company based in Tokyo. Its e-commerce platform Rakuten Ichiba is the largest e-commerce site in Japan and among the world`s largest by sales.

Lyft are operating in 640 cities in the U.S and 9 cities in Canada. It develops, markets, and operates the Lyft mobile app, offering car rides, scooters, and a bicycle-sharing system. Lyft is the second-largest TNC with a 28% markets share in the U.S, according to Second Measure.

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Who is Jan Koum?

 

Jan Koum is born in Kiev, Ukraine on February 24, 1976. He is an American internet entrepreneur and computer engineer. He founded WhatsApp together with Brian Acton and are the 6th richest billionaires in the world under the age of 40.

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He earned most of the money while they sold WhatsApp to Mark Zuckerberg`s Facbook in February this year for $19 billion. Koum is Jewish and grew up in Fastiv, outside Kiev in Ukraine. He moved to Mountain View, California in 1992.

 

Koum moved with his mother and grandmother to California where a social support program helped them to get a small two bedroom apartment at the age of 16. His father intended to join the family later, but finally remained in Ukraine.

 

He started to work as a cleaner at a grocery, while his mother worked as a babysitter, but at the age of 18 he became interested in programming. He enrolled at San Jose State University and simultaneously worked at Ernst & Young as a security tester

 

Jan Koum was part of a group of hackers called w00w00, where he met the future founders of Napster Shawn Fanning and Jordan Ritter. Jan Koum and Brian Acton worked at Yahoo in nine years. In September 2007 the both left Yahoo and took a year off.

 

Both applied and failed, to work at Facebook. In January 2009, Koum bought an iPhone and saw opportunities in the new app industry. He visited his friend Alex Fishman and they talked for hours about Koum`s idea for an app.

 

A week later Koum started WhatsApp on his birthday, February 24, 2009. Now, you all know that the WhatsApp baby is worth $19 billion. On February 19, 2014, Facebook Inc announced it is acquiring WhatsApp.

 

Facebook paid $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares and $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp founders and employees that will vest over four years. Jan Koum is the CEO in WhatsApp.

 

As of April 22, 2014, WhatsApp had over 500 million monthly active users (MAU), 700 million photos and 100 million videos are shared each day, and the messaging system handles more than 10 billion messages each day.

 

As of May 2014, WhatsApp has crossed 50 million MAU`s in India, which is also its largest country by the numbers of MAU`s. WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary, cross-platform instant messaging subscription service for smartphones that uses the internet for communication.

 

Facebook paid $19 billion, which is $42 per user. A week before the WhatsApp deal, Japan`s Rakuten bought Viber for $900 million. They claims to have 280 million users, which is $3,21 per user.

 

Some investors say Facebook paid too much for WhatsApp, while others say WhatsApp could be worth $100 billion. WhatsApp`s users are worth $42, while Viber`s users are worth $9, and Line`s are worth $73. WeChat`s users are worth $231 per MAU.

 

If you only sell ads, I think that an international user is worth less than a Western user. I really look forward to see what the right valuation for these apps are in the future. Anyway; A great story!

 

Reports today:

 

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