It is hardly a surprise that Bob Iger is back as Disney (DIS) CEO. One of the first operational changes that former Disney (DIS), CEO Bob Chapek made was to put management layers between himself and Creative which was far from the optimal leadership structure for churning out consistently great content - a prerequisite for … Continue reading Bob Iger’s Back as Disney CEO
When it comes to Technology companies, headcount reductions are rarely "one & done". This used to be especially true of Bay Area Technology companies which are famous for lacking operating discipline (i.e. cost discipline). However, the Bay Area aversion to running profitable businesses has permeated the Tech sector over the past 12 years of easy … Continue reading Tech Company Layoffs Are Rarely “One & Done”
Amazon Prime Music increased its library of free songs available to Prime members from 2 million songs to 100 million songs. In addition, Prime members may download this music without having to subscribe to the Unlimited Plan for $8.99/month. Compare this to YouTube Premium which offers Ad-free videos and unlimited, Ad-free music (downloadable), for $11.99/month … Continue reading Amazon Beefs Up Prime Music
The thin margin grocery business is a scale game. Grocery chain operators will continue to offset rising input costs (primarily food and labor) with higher retail prices and an increased focus on self-service and automation. Walmart (WMT) is the leading grocery chain in the U.S. and only Amazon (AMZN), has the balance sheet to compete. … Continue reading Kroger and Albertsons Rumored Deal Makes Sense
New Bain study suggests that 1 in 4 streaming subscriptions is shared. Disney+ tops the list with approximately 33% of people who use the service access it with someone else's subscription. Netflix is #2 with approximately 30% of people accessing the service via someone else's subscription.Read about Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and … Continue reading May I Borrow Your Password?
Amazon (ticker: AMZN), has become more aggressive on the M&A front under new CEO Andy Jassy. We have seen this across the Entertainment, Health and Robotics sectors - each highly strategic in our view. Entertainment: Amazon recently closed its acquisition of MGM for $8.5 billion. The MGM acquisition onboards the James Bond franchise - a … Continue reading Amazon Ups Its M&A Effort
We wrote about Amazon's (AMZN), project Vesta in 2019 (click HERE). Along those lines, Amazon recently announced that it plans to acquire iRobot (IRBT), a deal which will accelerate Amazon's Vesta strategy, which is essentially to gather information about the home via an autonomous robot (good news for the staff at Amazon Robotics). The folks … Continue reading Amazon’s iRobot Acquisition
We have previously written that it would make sense for Apple (AAPL) to acquire Disney (DIS). Apple and Disney could certainly hold informal talks now, but a letter of intent, formal due diligence and the purchase agreement negotiation would all have to wait until there is a new Administration in the White House in my … Continue reading Apple + Disney
Amazon (ticker: AMZN), announced that it plans to acquire healthcare provider One Medical (ticker: ONEM), for approximately $3.9 billion. Some of the analysis we have seen misses the big picture. One Medical has approximately 180 clinics: Amazon could incorporate additional clinics into its Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh locations, thereby growing the number of consumer … Continue reading Amazon’s One Medical Acquisition – Analysts Are Missing The Boat
Our criticism of Apple (AAPL) and its CEO Tim Cook typically focuses on the fact that Apple does not move swiftly enough as it relates to new market opportunities. Financial Services and Healthcare are two such examples. Back in 2018 we wrote a well-received article entitled Apple Is Well-Positioned to Lead A Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution. … Continue reading Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?