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Convinced Even More That Wal-Mart Should Be The Winner v. Amazon

I have written many times about the idea of Walmart v. Amazon in the battle of retailing and e-commerce.  My basic thesis has always been this:  Walmart can do everything Amazon can do but Amazon CANNOT do everything Walmart can do.  And, yes, it revolves around the stores.  

One of my first posts on this topic was back in March of 2013 when I posted “The Battle for Retail Sales is Really the Battle of Supply Chains“.  In that article I concluded:

In the end I believe Walmart and the other big retailers can and should be able to beat Amazon.  Just like Dell could have and should have beaten Asus and just like Sears could have and should have beaten Walmart.”

I concluded because of the huge logistics and retail head start Walmart had they could beat Amazon at their own game.  I also, however, posited the problem Walmart would have – the ability to innovate and brand.  Here I said:

The problem for companies like Wal-Mart and other retailers is they are losing the “branding” war.  The name “Amazon” is becoming synonymous with on line shopping.  People I talk to really do not “shop” on line they just go to Amazon to buy what they want.  It is becoming what Marissa Mayer (New CEO of Yahoo) calls a “daily habit”.  As a consumer, you decide whether you are going to go to a store or buy on line.  If you decide to buy on line you go directly to Amazon.  I am sure Wal-Mart has all sorts of statistics that try to pat themselves on their backs but reality is Amazon is building a brand which equates to on line shopping – The Amazon brand is to on line shopping what the term “Xerox” is to copiers.  If this hole gets too deep, Wal-Mart may not be able to dig out. “

Then, it appeared Walmart “awakened” and I wrote a post titled: “Welcome Back Wal-Mart:  We Missed You Over The Last 5 Years“.  In this article I discussed how I went to a Walmart and also used their on-line e-commerce system.  Both experiences were extraordinary and this posting was written about 1 year ago.

Today, I have seen the future and it is, in fact, in Walmart.  I am more convinced then ever they will win this as long as they stay hungry, scrappy and focused on the customer.  In my local Walmart they recently added the giant “Pick up Tower” which essentially is an automated way for you to buy products, have them brought to the store and have a very seamless and frictionless way of getting them.   A picture of this is to the left.  Because just about everyone in America goes past a Walmart just about every day, ordering on line and picking up in the store is essentially a no-brainer.  Can Amazon do that?  Sure in the few Whole Foods stores, maybe, but not at the scale a Walmart can do it in. 

So, think of this scenario.  You “shop” on line at night after work and in front of your T.V.  You set to pick it up tomorrow at the local Walmart.  On your way home from work you swing past, you pick it up and voila.. it is at home.  So, why is this so intriguing to me?  Well, it is because there are a few external events occurring in the retail / e-commerce space which are converging and making the pure e-commerce play more difficult.   They are:

1. Rising Cost of Transportation:  Who does not know about this topic?  The way to mitigate high costs of transportation is to keep trucks “fullest the furthest” and don’t break them down until you absolutely have to.  This allows for far more efficiencies when delivering to stores than to people’s homes.

2. The Rise of “Porch Pirates”:  This is a very interesting phenomena where people just go around to houses and steal delivered goods.  If you live in an apartment complex, it is like the wild wild west.  Between people stealing and boxes being left at wrong buildings and doors, it is a true mess.  Many companies are trying to solve this with “lockers”, ability to go into your home, delivery to trunks etc. but net net, it all adds cost and complexity to the delivery system. The simple solution already exists – deliver it to a store.

3. Infrastructure Costs: Without a store network, the cost of building out a really good e-commerce infrastructure are astronomical.  The Home Depot, which already has one of the best supply chains in retail and has 2200 stores is about to spend over $1bl to build out what they believe they need for same day / next day service.  Imagine if you are starting from scratch?

4. Inability of Small Package Carriers to Deal With “Surge” Periods:  Finally, we hear this every Christmas season – one of the two major players will have “guessed” wrong and either they lose their shirt in terms of cost or they have not nearly the capacity needed to service the boxes. 

In the end, this is Walmart’s game to lose and it appears they have no intention of losing.  I personally use both and am a “Prime Member” however when that comes up for renewal I think I will be rethinking that automatic sign up.  From a supply chain perspective, I believe Walmart is better situated than any other retailer in the business for the following reasons:

1. A very mature small box, big box and cold chain distribution network already in place.  They have a huge head start.

2. The ability to service an “endless aisle”.  With this mechanism you could buy anything from them even if they never stock in the store.

3. Prime real estate for retail.  Any chance you do not drive past one?

4. Walmart Pay:  I have not mentioned this but the ease of paying using Wal-Mart pay is truly incredible. Also, it does not use NFC but rather QR codes which means all phones essentially can use it (Google Pay and Apple Pay require NFC which is in higher end phones). 

The battle continues but right now, due to the maturity of the supply chain, I am leaning to Walmart.

 

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I have written many times about the idea of Walmart v. Amazon in the battle of retailing and e-commerce.  My basic thesis has always been this:  Walmart can do everything Amazon can do but Amazon CANNOT do everything Walmart can do.  And, yes, it revolves around the stores.  

One of my first posts on this topic was back in March of 2013 when I posted “The Battle for Retail Sales is Really the Battle of Supply Chains“.  In that article I concluded:

In the end I believe Walmart and the other big retailers can and should be able to beat Amazon.  Just like Dell could have and should have beaten Asus and just like Sears could have and should have beaten Walmart.”

I concluded because of the huge logistics and retail head start Walmart had they could beat Amazon at their own game.  I also, however, posited the problem Walmart would have – the ability to innovate and brand.  Here I said:

The problem for companies like Wal-Mart and other retailers is they are losing the “branding” war.  The name “Amazon” is becoming synonymous with on line shopping.  People I talk to really do not “shop” on line they just go to Amazon to buy what they want.  It is becoming what Marissa Mayer (New CEO of Yahoo) calls a “daily habit”.  As a consumer, you decide whether you are going to go to a store or buy on line.  If you decide to buy on line you go directly to Amazon.  I am sure Wal-Mart has all sorts of statistics that try to pat themselves on their backs but reality is Amazon is building a brand which equates to on line shopping – The Amazon brand is to on line shopping what the term “Xerox” is to copiers.  If this hole gets too deep, Wal-Mart may not be able to dig out. “

Then, it appeared Walmart “awakened” and I wrote a post titled: “Welcome Back Wal-Mart:  We Missed You Over The Last 5 Years“.  In this article I discussed how I went to a Walmart and also used their on-line e-commerce system.  Both experiences were extraordinary and this posting was written about 1 year ago.

Today, I have seen the future and it is, in fact, in Walmart.  I am more convinced then ever they will win this as long as they stay hungry, scrappy and focused on the customer.  In my local Walmart they recently added the giant “Pick up Tower” which essentially is an automated way for you to buy products, have them brought to the store and have a very seamless and frictionless way of getting them.   A picture of this is to the left.  Because just about everyone in America goes past a Walmart just about every day, ordering on line and picking up in the store is essentially a no-brainer.  Can Amazon do that?  Sure in the few Whole Foods stores, maybe, but not at the scale a Walmart can do it in. 

So, think of this scenario.  You “shop” on line at night after work and in front of your T.V.  You set to pick it up tomorrow at the local Walmart.  On your way home from work you swing past, you pick it up and voila.. it is at home.  So, why is this so intriguing to me?  Well, it is because there are a few external events occurring in the retail / e-commerce space which are converging and making the pure e-commerce play more difficult.   They are:

1. Rising Cost of Transportation:  Who does not know about this topic?  The way to mitigate high costs of transportation is to keep trucks “fullest the furthest” and don’t break them down until you absolutely have to.  This allows for far more efficiencies when delivering to stores than to people’s homes.

2. The Rise of “Porch Pirates”:  This is a very interesting phenomena where people just go around to houses and steal delivered goods.  If you live in an apartment complex, it is like the wild wild west.  Between people stealing and boxes being left at wrong buildings and doors, it is a true mess.  Many companies are trying to solve this with “lockers”, ability to go into your home, delivery to trunks etc. but net net, it all adds cost and complexity to the delivery system. The simple solution already exists – deliver it to a store.

3. Infrastructure Costs: Without a store network, the cost of building out a really good e-commerce infrastructure are astronomical.  The Home Depot, which already has one of the best supply chains in retail and has 2200 stores is about to spend over $1bl to build out what they believe they need for same day / next day service.  Imagine if you are starting from scratch?

4. Inability of Small Package Carriers to Deal With “Surge” Periods:  Finally, we hear this every Christmas season – one of the two major players will have “guessed” wrong and either they lose their shirt in terms of cost or they have not nearly the capacity needed to service the boxes. 

In the end, this is Walmart’s game to lose and it appears they have no intention of losing.  I personally use both and am a “Prime Member” however when that comes up for renewal I think I will be rethinking that automatic sign up.  From a supply chain perspective, I believe Walmart is better situated than any other retailer in the business for the following reasons:

1. A very mature small box, big box and cold chain distribution network already in place.  They have a huge head start.

2. The ability to service an “endless aisle”.  With this mechanism you could buy anything from them even if they never stock in the store.

3. Prime real estate for retail.  Any chance you do not drive past one?

4. Walmart Pay:  I have not mentioned this but the ease of paying using Wal-Mart pay is truly incredible. Also, it does not use NFC but rather QR codes which means all phones essentially can use it (Google Pay and Apple Pay require NFC which is in higher end phones). 

The battle continues but right now, due to the maturity of the supply chain, I am leaning to Walmart.

Source: http://10xlogistics.blogspot.com/2018/06/convinced-even-more-that-wal-mart.html

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Saylor Compares BTC to Early Apple: ‘No One Can Stop, and Few Understand’

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MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor has compared his early backing of Apple to that of bitcoin, calling the crypto “a dominant monetary network that everyone needs.”

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The bitcoin maximalist recently tweeted about an old video that surfaced. The video features Saylor talking about Apple and how bullish he was on the company back during the iPhone 5. Saylor commented in the video, saying “I would be very long on that company, whoever is selling that stock must be a moron.”

Saylor commented on the old video, this time relating his opinion to BTC. The founder of MicroStrategy, a company that provides business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services, made references to early Apple growth and bitcoin. 

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In a tweet, he said “Apple was a dominant mobile network that everyone needed, no one could stop, and few understood. Bitcoin is a dominant monetary network that everyone needs, no one can stop, and few understand.”

MicroStrategy bullish on BTC 

Saylor and his company have been extremely bullish on BTC in recent months. Earlier this week, MicroStrategy announced that it would be selling $1 billion in stock to purchase more bitcoin. Saylor also joined the newly launched Bitcoin Mining Council which will look at how to make bitcoin mining more energy efficient in the future. 

The company has also recently sold $500 million in secured notes to raise funds to purchase more bitcoin. The company currently holds well over 90,000 BTC in its reserves, totaling more than $3 billion with no plans on slowing down anytime soon. However Saylor has previously stated that the entities he controls hold 111,000 bitcoin. 

The bitcoin maximalist has no plans on selling any bitcoin anytime soon. 

Speaking at the Parallel Summit 2021 earlier this week, Saylor also commented further on bitcoin, saying “I don’t think there’s any other asset where every intelligent person who understands it, decides to do everything they can to make it more valuable.” 

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Bitcoin Price Showing Bearish Downtrend Despite On-chain Metrics Indicating Favorable Network Conditions

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The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has continued to drop as the premier cryptocurrency stays afloat a price well below its 7-day high of $41,295.27. At present, BTC is down 5.21% to $35,952.61 according to CoinMarketCap, a bearish positioning that negates the current favorable conditions of the Bitcoin blockchain. Since the price of Bitcoin began retracing from its All-Time High price above $64,000, the market trend has witnessed a more passive engagement from retail investors across the board.

This low activity rate is made more evident as Glassnode data showed that the cumulative or total fees paid on transactions in the network have attained their lowest level of 1.390 BTC in the past one year per a 7-Day Moving Average estimate. Based on a similar trend, the lower fees indicate a lack of congestion by users in the blockchain. 

This trend has its inherent impacts which are both negative and positive. On the negative end, the overall price of Bitcoin is kept low as inconsistent transactions and lack of buy-ups that stir a bullish run is absent. The positivity is best targeted at users as sending funds is now relatively cheaper, and more attractive.

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Investors Back US Traditional Markets: Impact on Bitcoin

Traditional market investors have pumped more than $756 billion in the daily reverse repurchase operation, a move that came after the Federal Reserve boosted interest rates for the traditional market offering. 

Following the meeting of the Financial Open Market Committee (FOMC) held last Wednesday, the interest rate for overnight repurchase agreement was adjusted to 0.05%, better than the 0% it has been, and the interest rate it pays banks on reserves held at the U.S. central bank was also boosted to 0.15%. These increments influenced the recorded inflows.

In tandem, the United States Dollar appreciated against other currencies on Friday, rising 92.70 against top fiat currencies. This may also account for the unrelenting sell-offs in the Bitcoin markets, as an appreciated Dollar is a cogent advantage for the market bears.

Economic policies from market watchdogs have an overbearing impact on Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency ecosystem as a whole. While many market proponents and bulls anticipate a resurgence in price amidst growing fundamentals, the current performance of Bitcoin does not discount the favorable nature of the network at present.

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Decentral Games Announces $5M Capital Raise With New Partners

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Metaverse casino Decentral Games has announced its latest multimillion-dollar capital raise, owing to some brand-new partnerships

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The decentralized app (dApp) ecosystem revealed in a post, published on their website on June 18, that they had completed a $5 million capital raise. With their statement, they welcomed new partners across the globe. More specifically, they have forged official partnerships with crypto investment firms and networks such as Collab+Currency, Genesis Block Ventures, Cluster Capital, and AU21 Capital. ID Theory, a crypto-asset investment firm based in London, have also partnered with them.

In addition, Swiss venture capital firm Bitscale Capital, as well as Metaverse Ventures, a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, are also on the list.

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The company stated that the additional capital will go towards bolstering its team in the product development and marketing departments. They noted that, to keep up with community demand, Decentral Games’ team had already increased from 10 to 43 employees.

Decentral Games also revealed they will use some of the money to accelerate development of additional features and future crypto-enabled games. The company named DG Poker, DG multi-table Tournament Poker, and DG CyberSakura Slots as examples.

The company also took to its official Twitter to release a 10-tweet thread, summarizing the highlights of this latest investment. They also elaborated on their growth, in line with that of their community. One tweet read:

“Since launching the $DG token and games on mainnet in December 2020, betting volumes have increased quarter over quarter and recently eclipsed a landmark $70 million. The DG DAO [decentralized autonomous organization] treasury remains well capitalized with over $8 million in assets.”

They noted their revenue, to date, was primarily made up of gameplay proceeds. Plus Polygon node staking rewards and sales of wearable non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Existing partner send congratulations

One of Decentral Games’ biggest moves this year is their partnership with video game giant Atari. They announced their collaboration back in March, which was to launch a cryptocurrency casino. 

Atari sent Decentral Games a congratulatory message via the Atari Token (ATRI) official Twitter account.

The Atari Casino takes up a 20-parcel estate in the casino quarter of Vegas City on Decentraland. It launched with a virtual party at the end of April, featuring DJ Dillon Francis. The musician also collaborated with a visual artist to create three special NFTs, all inspired by Gerald the Piñata. They were auctioned off as part of the casino’s launch.

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