Walmart (tkr: WMT) can do better than to jointly acquire TikTok with Microsoft (tkr: MSFT). A TikTok acquisition is fraught with risk. Our preference would be for Walmart to acquire a leading retailer in a growing category. AutoZone (tkr: AZO) is one such example. Premium article. 539 words. $9.99 One of the first things you … Continue reading Walmart Can Do Better than to Acquire TikTokPremium
Companies have pulled forward a significant amount of future earnings. The question is: "How much"? Back in April Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella said the company experienced two years of digital transformation in two months. Amazon (AMZN), Shopify (SHOP), Square (SQ), PayPal (PYPL) and other e-commerce players have undoubtedly pulled earnings forward as COVID accelerated … Continue reading How Much Future Earnings Have We Pulled Forward?
It would appear so as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is partnering with MIT to explore digital currency. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is partnering with MIT on the Digital Currency Initiative ("DCI"). DCI will collaborate with the Bank to build a hypothetical digital currency. The Fed and MIT will collaborate in a … Continue reading Is The Federal Reserve Warming Up To Digital Currency?
If a 2020 version of Sergio Leone were to make a movie using our title it would tell the tale of how Texas is becoming the Technology capital of the United States. California's punitively high state income tax rates and regulations (CA isn't the only offender), have paved the way for Technology companies - and … Continue reading Once Upon A Time In The Southwest
Market leaders may iterate and experiment with less risk of customer churn than upstarts working to establish market position. Amazon Prime is a good example. I am toying with the idea of grouping some of our TEK2day writings as an Amazon Kindle book. While playing with the Kindle direct publishing feature I noticed a new … Continue reading Market Leaders Should Experiment Like Amazon
Investors finally may be valuing Amazon as the AI-powered, massively-scaled, market-leading Technology company that it is. We could make the case that AWS and Amazon Prime combined are worth $1.5 trillion (a 20x revenue multiple applied to each). This valuation would imply that the "Retail" operation (ex-Prime), including Whole Foods, Amazon Go, Amazon Pharmacy, Amazon … Continue reading Perception Is Everything
Amazon is developing a reputation for poor deal etiquette. Specifically (as reported by the WSJ), Amazon is using intelligence gathered by its venture arm during deal due diligence to develop competitive offerings. Microsoft, Google, Walmart, Alibaba, Shopify and others will likely capture a percentage of venture and M&A deal flow that otherwise would have gone … Continue reading Poor Reputations Travel Quickly
Ericsson forecasts a five-fold increase in mobile data traffic from year-end 2019 (approximately 33 Exabytes consumed per month) through 2025 (approximately 164 Exabytes consumed per month). This does not include wireless data traffic. New protocols (5G), new services (AR/VR, streaming, work-from-home, remote medicine), and consumer connected device growth will help drive this trend. Phones today … Continue reading Explosive Mobile Data Traffic Growth & New Use Cases
COVID-19 is forcing people, companies and economies to adapt. Many companies have recalibrated their business models to better compete in this new COVID reality. We have yet to see one of America's great export industries - Hollywood - evolve to better capitalize on the current reality. Back in October 2019 we wrote that the future … Continue reading The Best CEOs Are Willing To Break With Tradition
We spent much of last week collecting e-commerce and payments-related data. That long-form TEK2day report is on the back burner for now. In the interim we share our general thoughts on e-commerce and one retail giant in particular. The retail space is having difficulty overcoming COVID having suffered record bankruptcies. Brooks Brothers is the latest … Continue reading E-Commerce Is Fluid and Walmart Appears Undervalued