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I’ll talk about how to choose the best small-cap 5G stocks – and share the No. 1 stock that’s caught my eye and earned a place on my watchlist.
And now on to today’s tech stories…
The rise of Amazon as a logistics powerhouse…
Amazon is now the largest third-party logistics company in the world. That’s right… The company that started as a quirky little online bookstore now has a bigger logistical network than both UPS and FedEx.
Amazon now employs 648,000 workers. That’s compared to UPS’s 481,000 and FedEx’s 450,000. Amazon even tops the United States Postal Service (USPS), which employs 497,000 people.
And Amazon’s growth happened fast. It snuck up on the industry.
If we look back to 2013, Amazon only had 117,000 employees. That means Amazon’s employee count more than quintupled in size in less than six years.
And Amazon has the logistical infrastructure to match its employee base. The company has 390 warehouses… 20,000 delivery vans… 300 truck power units… and 50 planes.
As a result, Amazon now handles as much as 45% of its own deliveries. Amazon parses out the rest to UPS, FedEx, and the USPS.
My prediction is that Amazon will soon handle more than half of all its own deliveries… before the end of this year.
And I expect it will even begin to deliver packages for orders not purchased on Amazon.com.
We already know that it intends to enter the home delivery market for prescription medicine through its acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack last year.
We talked about this back in July. Amazon is undercutting the legal drug “Triad” – Express Scripts, CVS, and Optum. Amazon will soon deliver medications right to your door within 24 hours.
Amazon has become a logistics giant…. perhaps the most efficient one as well. After all, it doesn’t have any of the legacy issues of UPS or FedEx, and it employs artificial intelligence to optimize its network.
The industry is taking notice. In fact, FedEx announced that it will terminate its contract with Amazon for U.S. air package deliveries back in June. And FedEx will also stop ground deliveries for Amazon at the end of this month. That tells us that FedEx now sees Amazon as a major competitor.
This is a dangerous move for FedEx.
For one, it’s going to lose business. But this will also force Amazon to accelerate the expansion of its own network, making it even more of a threat to FedEx.
Amazon’s solution will be to add more planes and more delivery vans. And that will put Amazon in a position to take future business away from FedEx and UPS.
In the end, I’m bullish on Amazon… and bearish on FedEx and UPS.
Snap’s next-generation eyewear…
Social media company Snap just announced the third generation of its Spectacles glasses. These are referred to as augmented reality (AR) glasses… But they are not really AR. They’re for taking pictures and videos.
What’s unique about this version is that the glasses are fashion conscious. They have a similar look and feel to a normal pair of sunglasses.
Previous versions were big and bulky and made of colorful plastic. The new Spectacles 3 look like futuristic eyewear. And they are shaped like sunglasses… They’re just a little thicker in the temples to house the semiconductors and battery.
Spectacles 3… A Futuristic Look?
This version of Snap’s glasses comes with two high-definition cameras. They are to the right and left of the lenses. This enables depth perception. These glasses can take extremely high-resolution pictures and videos.
That’s largely what these glasses are for. They aren’t true AR glasses. They are an innovative experiment with a different interface to capture life… primarily for the purpose of interacting with social media.
So I don’t expect this version of Spectacles to be terribly successful. But I do think they are a view of the future.
These glasses have everything you need for AR except advanced lens technology. That leads me to believe that these are just a precursor. I suspect Snap’s fourth-generation Spectacles will be full-blown augmented reality glasses. Snap is learning a lot as it iterates through its design process. That’s a smart move by Snap.
And, of course, I believe AR will be the next mass-market consumer frenzy. You can expect to hear a lot more about this trend later in the year.
Apple is ramping up to compete with Netflix…
We just got the news that Apple is investing $6 billion in producing content for its Apple TV+ business. This is Apple’s TV and movie streaming service that’s set to launch later this year. And given the high level of investment, Apple clearly plans to compete with Netflix.
It’s about time Apple arrived in this area.
The company had brilliant success with its App Store. Apple was the first to make CDs obsolete at scale with iTunes. iTunes revolutionized the way the industry distributed music. And it had a great launch with its Apple Music streaming service even though it was years late.
In fact, Apple Music has made impressive headway against Spotify, though it launched seven years later. Apple Music now has 60 million subscribers globally… compared to Spotify’s 108 million paying users. And Apple Music has even overtaken Spotify in the United States. As of this February, Apple Music had 28 million paid subscribers in the U.S., compared to Spotify’s 26 million.
But Apple completely missed the bundled video streaming business model entirely. This is a surprise considering the success of iTunes in distributing TV shows and movies.
And that’s why Netflix quickly became the dominant player in streaming… Apple was nowhere to be seen.
However, that’s about to change. Apple’s big investment in Apple TV+ shows us that it is committed to launching a competitive service. In fact, Apple is developing a TV show featuring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Talk about star power.
And according to insiders, Apple is spending more per episode on this show than HBO spent on Game of Thrones, which cost $15 million per episode in its final season. Whenever a player is throwing around money like that, it will sign up big names, which will draw views to the platform.
So this is a great move for Apple. The company is sitting on $210 billion in cash… Investing $6 billion of it into Apple TV+ is a great use.
With that sort of investment, Apple has the potential to compete with Netflix at its own game, just like it did with Spotify in the United States.
And I expect that Apple will be spending in excess of $10 billion a year on programming and content in pretty short order. This will provide even more choices for consumers to “cut the cord” from cable TV companies that refuse to unbundle and offer some of the worst customer service known to society.
Editor, The Bleeding Edge
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