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Target Corporation are modernizing the overall design of stores

I`m watching the retailer market closely and Target is one of them along with Walmart. Target Corporation is the eitht-largest retailer in the U.S, and they operates 1,851 stores throughout the U.S.

Their retail formats include the discount store Target, the hypermarket Super Target, and «small-format» stores previously named City Target and TargetExpress before being under the Taget branding.

Target is often recognized for its emphasis on «the needs of its younger, image-conscious shoppers», whereas its rival Walmart more heavily relies on its strategy of «always low prices». The company is expected to report earnings on Wednesday 21, before market open.

The report will be for the fiscal Quarter ending July this year, and the consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $1,62. The same quarter last year was $1,47. The consensus revenue estimate is $18,32 Billion and that`s up +4,4 percent YoY.

Target has a strong first quarter performance and digital sales will continue to help the top line. We saw Walmart had a very impressive second quarter numbers. Can Target match Walmart in the retail business? If they can follow its 1Q19 results that was robust, we will see growth in digital sales.

They do it well with their «same-day pickup», curbside service and Shipt. Retailers like Target and Walmart also have another story to tell when it comes to foot traffic than many of the trendy fitness retailers.

Target spend a lot of money to improve its stores. Will this continue? Probably, because they has remodeled «only» 400 stores so far in the last two years. They are planning to remodel an additional 600 stores over the next two years.

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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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Foot traffic is declining and Black Friday can be much bigger than Cyber Monday in online sales

You have to wake up before it is too late. Black Friday is not what is used to be. Only a few years ago retailers were crowded with crazy people looking for a great deal. People still get great deals but some of them have already changed their behaviour.

According to Shoppertrak, foot traffic to U.S stores has fallen each year on Black Friday. We can clearly see a shift in the market, and reasons are many.

 

 

You can see it happening right in front of your eyes. Right now. Retailers are struggling and I have talked about if for years. Worst of all; this is just the beginning, and it is understandable. It is a natural thing.

Retailer chains said they will close about 7,000 stores and many of them are filing for bankruptcy. Many of them have too much debt and too many shops in the chain. On top of that we know that consumers wants to buy online.

Online retail activity are ten times bigger today than it was in 2004, and last year, on-line sales on Black Friday was around $2 billion, according to ComScore. Salesforce predicts Black Friday will be much bigger than Cyber Monday in online sales.

I take all the research on Black Friday as a pinch of salt, because retailers are destroying the day by starting the sale a week before the big day. Some call it Black Week, some call it Black Weekend and that will weaken the most important day Black Friday. That too makes the measure of the day a bit wrong. Black Friday is not only on Friday but sometimes for a whole week.

So, if you missed out on your shopping on Black Friday you still have the change to make a great deal on Cyber Monday.

The deals have already started and you can now buy for a discounted price at stores like Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy or Target. Cyber Monday is the online equivalent to Black Friday and the start is early on Monday November 27, 2017.

This is the day you can get deep discounts on Samsung, LG, Sharp, HP and Dell. You can also get a cheap PS4 slim and Xbox One S, Nintendo and iPhone X to name a few. It remains to see Cyber Monday exceeds Black Friday in on-line sales.

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Cyber Monday Sales – Biggest E-Commerce day ever!

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. The term «Cyber Monday» was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. It all started on November 28, 2005.

Cyber Monday online sales grew to a record $2,68 billion, compared to last year`s $2,29 billion. However, the average order value was $124, down slightly from last year`s $128.

Online sales on Monday climbed to a new record high, and the sales came in at $2,68 billion, and that is the best online spending day ever. It is also the first to surpass $2 billion in sales.

The weekend after Thanksgiving was popular for online shopping too. The sale was up 26% compared to the same time last year. It seems like this online shopping will continue to post new historical highs, and that reflects the ongoing strength of online shopping.

IBM says that the online sales jumped only 8,5% this year compared to last on Cyber Monday. This is less than last year when online sales jumped more than 20% by its measure.

Some belive it`s a change in shopping behavior and not a lack of consumer demand. It is a larger shift toward online buying as mobile phones spur the practice known as «showrooming». People tend to go to the store to see the products and buy them, or a similar product online. Price is a very important trigger here. Why spend some time to go to the shop if the price is lower online?

Cyber Monday is the busiest U.S online shopping day of the year, and that title is held since 2010. Walmart said it received the most online orders in its history on Cyber Monday. Mobile made up about 70% of the traffic to its website between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

This is called Cyber Monday, so how is the online marketing? Is it working?

Social Media did very little to boost sales this year driving only 1,5% of sales. According to IBM, Facebook referrals drove an average of $109,94 per order compared to $100,24 for Pinterest. Facebook referrals converted online sales at more than twice the rate of Pinterest.

What really works better is e-mail marketing which was the primary driver of sales on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday beating the usual winner; search. Companies sent out 11% fewer e-mails this time, but the e-mails were more targeted.

 

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