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Sat, Dec. 6, 10:24 AM
- Grocery delivery upstart Instacart is raising $100M from new and old investors at a pricing which gives the company a $2B valuation and plenty of cash to fund expansion.
- Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz have added to their original investments, reports Re/code.
- Instacart, which was started by a former Amazon supply chain engineer, delivers groceries from participating stores to consumers in larger markets within an hour.
- Major retail chains such as Whole Foods Markets (NASDAQ:WFM), Kroger (NYSE:KR), and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) are participating in Instacart's expansion - perhaps playing a little defense against Amazon Fresh (NASDAQ:AMZN) which also has growth plans.
- What to watch: Instacart's simple business model of a personal shopper army and vibrant website contrasts sharply with the distribution/branding might of Amazon Fresh (AMZN), but could end up in the same razor-thin margin predicament ($5.99 for one-hour delivery?). Meanwhile, old-school Kroger (KR) has recorded 44 straight quarters of positive comps and just raised its full-year profit guidance off of solid store execution.
- Related grocery stocks: SVU, SWY, RNDY, SFM, OTCQB:PUSH, TFM, WMT.
Wed, Jan. 8, 10:31 AM
- A study by location analytics firm Placed gives some insight into the grocery store shopping behavior and spending decisions of a key customer segment - the army of mothers that can make-or-break consumer brands.
- Mothers were found to be 41% less likely to visit specialty grocery store Whole Foods Market (WFM) as the group opted for chains such as Kroger (KR), Aldi, Food Lion (DEG), and Hy-Vee. The implication could be strong for brands looking to sell directly to moms.
- The data also revealed that mothers shopping at Kroger and Safeway (SWY) preferred the websites of the grocers, while moms pushing carts down the aisle at Publix (PUSH) were more likely to scan barcodes and QR codes.
- The dollar store group (DG, FDO, DLTR) was also a much larger focus by moms than the national average for consumers.
- Full report from Placed.
Tue, Jan. 7, 10:56 AM
- Research firm ForeSee is out with some interesting analysis on customer experience trends for the holiday shopping season.
- Leading the pack of retailers in satisfying their customers was Amazon (AMZN +1.1%) and L.L. Bean, while Priceline.com (PCLN +1.5%) lagged
- Other notable results was a striking improvement by Wal-Mart (WMT +0.4%) in mobile satisfaction and the upset by grocery store chain Publix (PUSH +3.3%) to top Apple for the in-store satisfaction category.
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