Back when I was growing up, if you ran out of paper towels, or trash bags, or laundry detergent, there was only one way to go get more…
You had to haul yourself out of bed, drive to the store, wait in line, and buy it.
But nowadays, everything is right there at the click of your finger. Online shopping has become inherent in our daily lives – and it has put old favorites like Borders, Toys R Us, and Sears out of business.
The main culprit? Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).
Competition is already fierce within the retail sector, and on Monday, June 3, AMZN made its latest advancement – one that could seal the fate of yet another retail giant.
On top of that, if the retail sector drops, it could pull the rest of the market down with it.
And as it tumbles, it could take every last penny out of your pocket…
Your Wallet Could Crash and Burn Under Amazon’s Latest Move
On Monday, AMZN made next-day delivery the standard on more than 10 million of their products for Prime members. It’s available coast-to-coast across the U.S. and has no minimum purchase requirement -igniting an all-out retail battle.
You see, the e-commerce giant was fulfilling a promise made back in April, when they announced that they would invest $800 million to replace their typical two-day shipping process with next-day delivery. And it was an announcement that sent rival retailers’ stocks – particularly Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) – plunging.
Now, that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. AMZN has set the bar for online shopping for years now – we’ve talked about it before. Consumers now want their products on-demand, as soon as possible. And rival retailers have always struggled to keep up…
Take Walmart – it’s the perfect example.
Last month, the company began offering its own one-day delivery service in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Southern California, with plans to expand to 75% of the U.S by the end of the year. The quick-shipping applies to over 220,000 items – most of them household products similar to AMZN’s offerings.
Clearly, the retail industry is becoming aggressive. But this “shipping war” actually poses some serious issues. And brick-and-mortar stores aren’t the only victims you have to worry about.
I’m talking about your wallet.
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Let me break it down for you…
Online delivery is already more expensive for retailers than in-store purchases, due to shipping fees. And in order to offer free one-day delivery, WMT will need to invest a whopping $215 million.
But their profits are already under pressure, so investors are worried. Analysts have predicted that this kind of investment could send WMT’s profit margins down 0.5% annually – a decrease that could find the company – and potentially, your hard earned cash – spiraling out if they aren’t careful.
Now, WMT claims that this isn’t true, insisting that their infrastructure and fulfillment centers are enough to make the one-day shipping venture a booming success, rather than a business-closing disaster. But Wall Street is still nervous.
The next-day shipping war could really go one of two ways, and it will all be evident in the movement of retailers’ stocks: up, or down.
That potential fall doesn’t have to drag your wallet down with it, though…
You can actually profit off of the retail sector, no matter which way it moves.
In fact, my readers have done it before. So far this year, my Money Calendar Pro readers have taken home a whopping 168.73% on one failing company that Amazon is leaving in the dust – Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT). And they did it by using put options.
Now, the retail war is just getting started. I’m sure other companies will follow in WMT’s footsteps soon. But you don’t have to worry – because if you use options, your wallet doesn’t have to become the war’s next victim.
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