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The Value Chain Constraint

“Walmart was able to integrate wholesale purchasing with an expansive network of stores; this provided a moat of sustainably lower prices for customer driven by purchasing power over suppliers. Amazon, though, thanks to technological innovation — specifically, the Internet — was able to build a different integration in the value chain:”
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Amazon Web Services Brought in More Money Than McDonald’s in 2018

“To put that in context, Amazon’s cloud-computing business in 2018 took in a bit less than all of Mondelez International, the multinational snack and beverage conglomerate, which reported $25.9 billion in revenue for the year ended Dec. 31. It is barely less than the $25.8 billion in revenue Macy’s generated in all of 2017 (Macy’s […]
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Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon: Best of Frenemies

“The fortunes of the two companies have become more entwined over the years. They are closely connected through a credit-card deal struck when the retailer was still mostly selling books and CDs on the internet. JPMorgan is in talks to partner with Amazon on a number of financial ventures, and the bank lends to the […]
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Bezos Says Third-party Amazon Sellers Are “Kicking Our Butt”

“t’s not often you see a CEO so sanguine about an ass whooping. “Something strange and remarkable has happened over the last 20 years,” Amazon’s Jeff Bezos said in his annual letter to shareholders . “Third-party sales have grown from 3% of the total to 58%. To put it bluntly: Third-party sellers are kicking our […]

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Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 20% to $72.4 Billion

“Operating cash flow increased 67% to $30.7 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $18.4 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Free cash flow increased to $19.4 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $8.3 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2017.”