Amazon’s acquisition strategy becomes clear. DA Davidson on who could be next

Amazon’s acquisition strategy has become evident after its two latest deals, according to DA Davidson. The e-commerce giant announced last week it was acquiring Roomba-maker iRobot for $1.7 billion. The news followed last month’s $3.9 billion acquisition of primary health-provider One Medical. In both cases, Amazon is following its historical approach of “build first, buy … Read more

The fight against stolen products on Amazon and Facebook Marketplace

Over the past year, large-scale robberies have swept through stores like Louis Vuitton in San Francisco’s Union Square and a nearby Nordstrom, which was robbed by 80 people. Law enforcement and retailers have warned the public that this isn’t traditional shoplifting. Rather, what they’re seeing is theft organized by criminal networks. And there’s a reason … Read more

How Amazon, American Airlines and Subaru burn waste to make energy

In northern California’s Stanislaus County, next to a landfill, there’s a company managing waste in a very different way: by burning trash instead of burying it. The energy recovery facility run by New Jersey-based Covanta harnesses steam to make enough electricity to power 18,000 homes in the area. A portion of the waste comes from … Read more

Fanatics aims to be $100 billion company

Michael Rubin arrives at the 2019 Fanatics Super Bowl Party on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. Paul R. Giunta | Invision | AP Sports e-commerce company Fanatics is growing quickly, but it’s still nowhere near where it aims to be. Recently, the company said, it has reached a $ 27 billion valuation and it … Read more

Liquidation services resell returned items, a $644 billion business

Inside Liquidity Services’ 130,000-square-foot warehouse in Garland, Texas, the aisles aren’t lined with typical merchandise. Instead, they’re stacked with returns from Amazon, Target, Sony, Home Depot, Wayfair and more, all in the process of being liquidated. “Liquidators are coming in and they’re buying up all of this product in bulk. They’re then packaging it, palletizing … Read more

Amazon’s sprawling grocery business has become an ‘expensive hobby’

In this Feb. 21, 2020 photo, Dilip Kumar, vice president of physical retail and technology for Amazon, poses for a photo inside an Amazon Go Grocery store set to open soon in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Ted S. Warren | AP Amazon has spent almost three decades perfecting the art of bringing everything imaginable to … Read more

at-home testing, from Covid to cancer, worth $2 billion dollars

The market for home tests is bigger than just Covid tests, and it is bigger than over-the-counter pregnancy tests. In fact, the new marketplace for consumer-initiated laboratory tests could be worth more than $ 2 billion by 2025, according to Quest Diagnostics. “We have seen over 100% growth in 2021 compared to 2020,” Everly Health … Read more