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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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The Jet Engine that Could

Wal-Mart is reportedly in talks to buy, a billion dollar start internet retailer challenging Jet, barely a year old, has drawn more than $500 million in capital from the likes of venture firms New Enterprise Associates and Accel Partners, mutual-fund company Fidelity Investments and bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The funding, and a valuation over $1 billion, are massive sums for a company facing the prospect of years of losses and an uphill climb to draw loyal users. Jet projected it would burn through hundreds of millions of dollars in its first few years, spending much of…

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Is Netflix Killing the Movie Theater?

With the proliferation of smart TVs and fast home internet connections, video streaming services experienced rapid growth over the last few years. TXN consumer spending data from a panel of over 3MM credit card accounts shows that over the past 12 months, the number of people who pay for Netflix grew by 71%, Hulu by 86% and Amazon Video by 67%: More recently, video streaming companies are making a push into purchasing and producing movies exclusively available on their services, bypassing the movie theater altogether. This has the movie theater industry worried they might lose their busin…

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