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Amazon eyes Target buyout, then the world

Target website Munster: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Will Acquire Target In 2018
Laurie Berry | 12 January, 2018, 18:48

He says that Target is the ideal offline partner for Amazon as it has a shared demographic and a "manageable but comprehensive store count". Now the combination as I said is easy to understand, the timing is always hard but we think now is the time for Amazon to strike them by Target.

Amazon's second reason for buying Target is the store's physical footprint.

Target stores could act as distribution centers that would help Amazon cost-effectively execute same-day delivery to Prime members, an initiative the e-Commerce giant has been rolling out to a growing number of metro areas and smaller cities.

Despite such challenges, Munster seemed sure that the deal would be approved.

Department store Myer also made a bid to compete with Amazon with its online marketplace the Myer Market, a venture that allows third party vendors to sell on Myer's platform in exchange for a sales commission - mimicking the model used by Amazon Marketplace and Ebay.

Among those is Steve Kovach at Business Insider, who predicts, among other things, and China's consumer tech brands will slump with USA consumers, that augmented reality will slide and that, yes, Amazon's continued growth will become a source of concern for competitors and consumers alike. But, uh, not only their Whole Foods acquisition, but also what they're doing, they're testing their Amazon Go-store right now, which is basically an automated offline. Amazon made waves in retailing previous year with its $13.7 billion purchase of upscale grocer Whole Foods Market Inc. "What they care about is gaining wallet share", he noted.

Munster: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Will Acquire Target In 2018

While Wal-Mart is the biggest player in the USA, capturing 8.3% of total US retail sales (as of 2016), Amazon and Target together capture a smaller 3.9% of this highly fragmented market.

Moms are a key part of Target's demo, and they would seamlessly fits into Amazon's uh, targeting (no pun intended), of female patriarchs in its own growth strategy.

The domestic number would dip even further where Amazon is forecasted to hit $105 billion this year and Target is almost the same size at $71 billion.

It could be a win for Target, too, and it could arm Target and Amazon against a surging Walmart. Amazon has not publicly hinted at a possible acquisition of Target, so take it with a grain of salt for now.

Is Target the next big buyout for Amazon? "Data is arguably another play". A restructuring plan has Target's CEO speaking positively about the future, but it's not hard to imagine the retailer seeing Amazon's deep pockets as a guaranteed route to survival.

"Investors would view this as Amazon taking over the world and that's a good thing".

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