Amazon Is Taking Over the World One Market at a Time

“It’s a bad day… It’s like losing a family.”

Cheryl Crimmins wiped away tears. The Borders bookstore where she was an assistant manager for 12 years had shut its doors for good.

Stories like Cheryl’s are unfolding across the country… That’s because brick-and-mortar retailers are closing at record pace.

Research firm Credit Suisse predicts there will be 8,640 store closures this year.

That’s quadruple the number of store closures from 2016. And 2,500 higher than the closures during the Great Recession of 2008.

There’s a term for this trend in store closures: “Amazon’d.”

It’s a steamroller that will soon make Amazon the largest retailer on the planet.

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Since the turn of the century, the e-commerce giant has been pushing traditional retailers towards extinction with its ultra-low prices.

One of the first casualties was electronics retailer Circuit City. It lost sales to Amazon and filed for bankruptcy in 2008.

Borders was next. It couldn’t stop the juggernaut, either, and filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

They’re not the only ones who couldn’t compete with Amazon.

Mall stalwarts like JCPenney, Sears, and Macy’s may soon find themselves in the dustbin of history.

But Amazon isn’t resting on its laurels. It has its sights set on a far bigger prize.

If Amazon conquers this market, it will become the first $1 trillion company in the United States… and likely the most powerful company on the planet.

If you want to profit from this trend, you’ll hop aboard the Amazon steamroller… or at least avoid companies that will be Amazon’d.

Amazon’s Next Target

As we told you on Tuesday, platform companies like Amazon are changing the face of business. It’s our latest big idea to help you get a little bit richer every day.

These companies thrive because they don’t have to sell goods or services. They simply create spaces where people can connect and make transactions.

This model has completely upended the retail sector. And it’s key to Amazon’s success.

But the retail market is chump change compared to the big prize Amazon is after.

The newest target is the business-to-business (B2B) distribution market. This is where businesses sell products and services to other businesses.

At $6 trillion, the B2B distribution market is twice the size of the retail market. And it’s ripe for the taking…

Say Goodbye to the Middleman

Businesses need to buy a range of products to operate.

For example, they need office supplies, hardware, software, food, cleaning supplies, industrial equipment, uniforms, furniture, building materials, etc.

Generally, wholesalers—the middlemen—buy from producers and then sell these products to businesses.

But this market is fragmented. There is no single place where businesses can go to for all their needs.

If Amazon can build a centralized B2B platform on top of its already existing retail platform… it could create a one-stop shop for businesses. Just like it did for individuals.

And that would make shopping more efficient and much cheaper for businesses.

Just think about it…

One day, your business will be able to buy copy paper, computers, uniforms, and even coffeemakers from Amazon.

That would cut out the middleman. And there are plenty of them.

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Prepare to Be Amazon’d

Alex Moazed is the founder of Applico—the world’s first platform innovation company—and the co-author of Modern Monopolies: What It Takes to Dominate the 21st Century Economy.

He says nine B2B niches are under immediate threat from Amazon. They are:

Company Name

 Ticker 

Industry

Air Products & Chemicals

APD

Chemicals

Anixter

AXE

Electronic Supplies

Applied Industrial Technologies

AIT

Energy Supplies

Cardinal Health

CAH

Medical Supplies

W.W. Grainger

GWW

Industrial Supplies

MSC Industrial Direct

MSM

Metals

Sysco

SYY

Food

Watsco

WSO

Building Materials

Wesco

WCC

Electrical Supplies

The first niche Amazon is targeting is industrial supplies. And it’s already putting the hurt on the industry leader.

W.W. Grainger is the biggest industrial supply wholesaler in America.

On April 18, the company released a terrible earnings report. It missed its profit target and had to guide expectations down for the year.

Grainger acknowledged that it failed to understand how price-sensitive customers have become.

To address this, the company is accelerating its planned price reductions this year.

Investors don’t like talk of lower prices. Grainger’s stock fell 12% on the news. And it continues to drift lower.

Moazed and his team at Applico predicted this.

In March, they told their clients that Amazon was about to disrupt Grainger. Since then, Grainger it’s down 24%.

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The Tide Is Turning

Moazed predicts many large B2B businesses (like Grainger) won’t start to fight back until it’s too late.

At first, they won’t perceive Amazon as a threat.

That’s the mistake made by retailers who confidently said “people will want to see a TV before they buy it” or “people will want to try on clothes before they purchase them.”

They’ll be wrong.

Grainger isn’t the only company to avoid. All the companies in the list above are at risk of getting Amazon’d. Stay away.

Meanwhile, consider adding Amazon to your portfolio.

If the company can take just 10% of the B2B distribution market (it already controls about 10% of the entire retail market), its market capitalization would grow to $1 trillion.

That would take its stock from about $950 today to $2,100 in 2020—a 120% gain.

Regards,

Nick Rokke, CFA
Analyst, The Palm Beach Daily

P.S. If you want to know more about the disruptive nature of platform companies like Amazon, I recommend you purchase Modern Monopolies. It’s by far the best business book I’ve read in the past year.

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