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·         Amazon dethrones Google as top global brand: survey

·         Walmart vs. Amazon: Who is ahead in battle for retail dominance?

·         U.S. Online Grocery Is Just Getting Started 

·         Amazon ends own restaurant-delivery service as Grubhub and Uber Eats competition intensifies

·         Amazon Restaurants food-delivery service on the chopping block

·         Amazon most trusted internet brand in India: Report

·         US: Amazon is launching a new credit card as it battles Walmart for low-income customers




Amazon dethrones Google as top global brand: survey



via Yahoo News - June 10, 2019


London (AFP) - US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world's most valuable brand, a key survey showed Tuesday.


The brand value of Amazon surged by 52 percent to $315 billion, global market research agency Kantar said in its 2019 100 Top BrandZ report.


Amazon jumped from third to first place to eclipse Google -- which slid from first to third place with Apple holding on to the second spot.


The Seattle-based retail behemoth, founded by Jeff Bezos in his garage in 1994, topped the table thanks to key acquisitions, superior customer services and a disruptive business model, Kantar said in a statement.


"Amazon's smart acquisitions, that have led to new revenue streams, excellent customer service provision and its ability to stay ahead of its competitors by offering a diverse ecosystem of products and services, have allowed Amazon to continuously accelerate its brand value growth," said Kantar.


The agency, which is owned by British advertising group WPP, added that Amazon showed "little sign" of any slowdown in its growth.


The top ten companies were once again dominated by US firms, with Apple on $309.5 billion, Google on $309 billion and Microsoft on $251 billion.


Payments specialist Visa had the fifth biggest value at almost $178 billion, while social networking group Facebook was the sixth largest at nearly $159 billion.


For the first time, Alibaba beat Tencent to become the most valuable Chinese brand.


E-commerce leader Alibaba was the seventh biggest at $131.2 billion, up two places on the previous year.


Internet giant Tencent fell three spots to stand at number eight with a value of $130.9 billion.


In a sign of Asia's growing importance, 23 of the top 100 brands were Asian -- including 15 from China...





Walmart vs. Amazon: Who is ahead in battle for retail dominance?


By Brittany De Lea, FOXBusiness

June 10, 2019


The ongoing retail Opens a New Window. rivalry between giants Walmart and Amazon Opens a New Window. is escalating as the companies strive to innovate faster – but one still has a leg up in the consumer-centered arena of the competition, experts say.


According to a new note from researchers at Moody’s Investors Service, Amazon is lagging behind Walmart in a few areas.


When it comes to the grocery aisle, researchers estimate that Amazon generated as much as $20 billion in revenue from groceries last year. Amazon owns Whole Foods, and also offers delivery through both Amazon Prime Now and AmazonFresh.


However, Walmart – which also owns Sam’s Club – generated an estimated $270 billion. It is the world’s largest grocer. While it already offers same-day pickup at thousands of store locations, Walmart announced last week that it would begin testing in-home delivery.


Researchers noted that Amazon’s “very limited, physical footprint” likely means it will continue trailing Walmart in this space. It also noted that promotions, like price cuts at Whole Foods, have not yet caught hold.


Amazon has a big head start on Walmart when it comes to third-party sales, collecting fees for helping to facilitate those transactions, but Moody’s believes Walmart will be able to narrow that gap. Its massive distribution network is a benefit, as is the fact that – unlike Amazon – Walmart is unlikely to offer a line of its own branded products in competition with the vendors it’s working with.


The fact that Amazon gathers data from its third party vendors and also sells its own products alongside theirs has rendered it a target for antitrust considerations on Capitol Hill.


Moody’s also noted that U.S. retail sales still heavily favor brick-and-mortar – with 85 percent of transactions still taking place in stores – another win for Walmart, which owns more than 11,360 retail units across the globe.


On the downside for Walmart, however, are headwinds in its international business and the fact that it lags behind in advertising.


Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services will continue to propel Amazon’s profits...


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U.S. Online Grocery Is Just Getting Started

Walmart and Amazon are best positioned to capitalize on its growth.


Adam Levy, The Motley Fool

Jun 10, 2019


Online grocery is already a $20 billion industry in the United States, but that number could almost double within the next four years. Sales of food and beverages through digital channels will reach $38 billion in 2023, according to eMarketer. The analysts still say grocery "will remain one of the least-penetrated e-commerce categories for the foreseeable future."


With total U.S. grocery sales of $667 billion over the past 12 months, it's clear there's a lot of room for online grocery sales to grow. But also comparing online grocery sales in the U.S. to other markets, looking at which consumers are making digital grocery purchases, and looking at what the major retailers like Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and (NASDAQ:AMZN) are doing in the space, shows there's still a long way to go for U.S. online grocery sales.              

Under-indexing the rest of the world


Online grocery sales are just a small fraction of total grocery sales in the U.S., but they're also a relatively small portion of total online sales. Groceries account for just 1.6% of online sales in the U.S., according to data from grocery research firm IGD. By comparison, South Korea, Japan, and the UK have online grocery sales that account for 8.3%, 7.1%, and 6% of all digital sales, respectively.


The analysts expect strong online grocery sales in the U.S. to push the categories' percentage of digital sales to 3.5% by 2023. Still, the U.S. will lag well behind the other markets in the company's study.


One of the big challenges in the United States compared with countries such as South Korea, Japan, and the UK is that the population is much more spread out. In Japan, nearly half the population lives in two metropolitan areas -- Tokyo and the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe region. The more spread-out population in the United States makes it harder to reach a high percentage of consumers.


That challenge isn't stopping Walmart. The big-box retailer is using its physical footprint to reach new online grocery shoppers. The company expects to offer online grocery pickup service to 80% of the population by the end of the year. Fifty percent of the population will be able to order groceries for delivery.


Who orders groceries online? ...


How companies are working to win over consumers ...


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Amazon ends own restaurant-delivery service as Grubhub and Uber Eats competition intensifies

Shutdown comes after the company invested in British food-delivery company Deliveroo


By Sebastian Herrera, The Wall Street Journal

via MarketWatch - June 11, 2019 Inc. is shuttering its restaurant delivery service Amazon Restaurants in the U.S., putting an end to a four-year experiment that sought to compete with the likes of Grubhub and Uber Eats but failed to gain much traction.


Amazon AMZN, +1.20%   said it would discontinue the service on June 24 and that the small number of employees who made up the division have found new roles within the company or will be provided assistance with finding new positions. Website GeekWire first reported the move.


Seattle-based Amazon started offering restaurant delivery for Amazon Prime members in certain ZIP Codes throughout its hometown in 2015. The next year, it opened a similar business in the U.K.  


But the project failed to show significant growth...





Amazon Restaurants food-delivery service on the chopping block

Soon, Amazon Restaurants will no longer be at your service in the US, according to GeekWire.


By Jennifer Bisset, c|net

June 10, 2019


Amazon's food delivery service is up for the chopping block.


Following its shuttering in London, Amazon Restaurants is also slated to close up shop in the US later this month, according to GeekWire.


The service is four years into its run, after beginning life in Seattle in 2015 and then branching out to 20 more cities in the US as well as London. For Amazon Prime members, it provides the same services as other food-delivery apps like Uber Eats and Deliveroo, seeing meals delivered to their houses through Prime Now or the Amazon Restaurants website.


The service packed up its bags in London in November, and Amazon confirmed to GeekWire it would end on June 24 in the US.


"As of June 24th, we will discontinue the Amazon Restaurants business in the US," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement shared with GeekWire.


"Many of the small number of employees affected by this decision have already found new roles at Amazon, and others will be provided personalized support to find a new role within, or outside of, the company."


Heard of Daily Dish? The Amazon-owned food delivery service focused on bringing lunch to the workplace will also close up shop on June 14.


Despite these shutterings, Amazon hasn't entirely left the food-delivery game...


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Amazon most trusted internet brand in India: Report

Among the social media category, Facebook has beaten LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter by bagging the number 3 spot, while the other two stood at 11 and 13 rank



June 10, 2019


New Delhi | Online retail giant Amazon India is the most the trusted internet brand in the country, according to TRA Research Report 2019.  American e-commerce giant, Amazon has shown uniformity in its rank and has secured first spot for straight four years now. While, Flipkart has bagged the seventh rank in the 'most trusted internet brand' category.


Search-engine platform Google is the second-most trusted internet brand as per the report.


In the instant messaging service, Hike has surpassed WhatsApp as the most trusted internet brand. Hike has bagged fourth spot while WhatsApp has bagged number eight rank.


Among the social media category, Facebook has beaten LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter by bagging the number 3 spot, while the other two stood at 11 and 13 rank.


Online payment firm Paytm ranked 19th, one place above its global rival PayPal.


Among the online taxi aggregator, Ola has bagged the 6th slot, while Uber has managed the 14th slot.


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Amazon is launching a new credit card as it battles Walmart for low-income customers


·         Amazon has launched a new credit card for people who are trying to rebuild credit.

·         It's a secured card that requires a security deposit, has harsh penalties if users don't pay their full bill every month, and is mostly only usable at

·         It does come with a perk for Prime members: 5% cash back on all purchases.

·         It's another initiative to capture low-income shoppers who may not be able to own a traditional credit card, and often shop at brick and mortar locations like Walmart.


Dennis Green, Business Insider

June 10, 2019


Amazon is trying to chase another group of shoppers.


The company unveiled on Monday, in partnership with Synchrony bank, a new store credit card. It's called the Amazon Store Card Credit Builder, and as the name implies, is targeted at customers trying to improve their credit score.


It's a secured credit card, which means customers will need to give a refundable security deposit for how much they would like to borrow against. In as little as seven months of good financial behavior, the card can be upgraded to the regular Amazon Store card, which does not require the deposit and can be used as a regular store credit card.


There's no annual fee, though, and Amazon Prime members get 5% cash back on every purchase. The card is mostly only valid for and some places that support Pay with Amazon functionality.


According to the website, it is not valid to buy: