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Amazon and Whole Foods - Eat Your Kale and Have It Delivered Too?

The announcement that Amazon is buying Whole Foods Market for $13 billion took the grocery retail world, indeed the entire brick-and-mortar retail world, by storm. Competitors' stock prices plummeted and analysts scrambled to make sense of the deal. We used the TXN spending analytics software leveraging over 3 million credit and debit card accounts, to get some insight on the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition. Customer Base When looking at grocery store spend in the cohort of Amazon Prime members, Whole Foods tops the list with 33.3% of the cohort also spending at Whole Foods in the last 12 mont…

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Wal-Mart and the Last Stand of Retail

As Amazon.com has been smashing sales and stock price records, destroying entire retail verticals in the process, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers spent the last decade battling to remain relevant, in what sometimes appears as a battle lost before it began. Many predict 2017 will be the year when many traditional retailers close their doors for good. As more and more smaller retailers go out of business or consolidate through mergers and acquisitions, Amazon's march to retail domination will inevitably end up with a showdown with the largest traditional retailers, headed by Wal-Mart. Wal…

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From Cord to Stream

It's a familiar story: for the last decade or so, cable and satellite TV providers have been losing subscribers, as "cord cutters" shift their spending from traditional TV to on-demand streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But is that really what's happening? We used our panel of over 3 million credit and debit cards to find out. We compared three groups of customers: 1. "Cord cutters": those who were cable/satellite customers in the first half of 2016 (spent $300 or more) and then stopped being cable/satellite customers in the second half of 2016 (spent $100 or less) 2. Consistent cable…

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Dead Trees Make Great Gifts!

Were e-books really the death of Dead Tree books or are we always going to crave the sensation of turning a real page and hearing the sound of the paper rustle? And consequently, are brick-and-mortar booksellers dying, unable to provide the immediate gratification of buying an e-book online? We've used our panel of over 3 million credit and debit cards in the U.S. to track spending on Amazon Kindle vs. Barnes & Noble. In 2016, Amazon Kindle (books, newspapers/magazines and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions combined) showed substantially more transactions than Barnes & Noble did: The seam…

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Instant Delivery Wars

We looked at our panel of over 3 million credit and debit card accounts to learn how the instant delivery services stack up. Over the last 13 months, Instacart and Amazon Prime Now achieved the fastest growth, with Instacart growing revenue by almost 2X and Amazon Prime Now growing revenue by a whopping 5X: Amazon Prime Now was able to overtake Instacart in terms of number of unique customers, growing its customer base by over 4X: The average Instacart customer, however, spends much more than the average Prime Now customer, though both numbers appear to be growing:…

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