Amazon: Market Share Machine (NASDAQ: AMZN)

Amazon: Market Share Machine (NASDAQ: AMZN)


The spark for this text got here as I parked in MSP’s cell car parking zone ready for a name from my spouse to let me know her flight had landed. It was somewhat late, so I had time to watch the air visitors. A distant second to a phenomenal Delta airline (DAL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) was flying more planes out and in of another freight service. my redux Peter Lynch second.

A number of weeks later, driving south on US 99 – by way of the nut and fruit orchards of California’s Central Valley – there he’s once more. Recognizing that not all cabs and trailers show a mark, nonetheless, of people who did, Amazon dominated; we handed their U-turns, or they handed us, whereas driving from Fresno earlier than becoming a member of Interstate 5, then turning onto 126 towards Ventura.

In our neighborhood, identical factor. Our postman drives our circle as soon as a day identical to FedEx (FDX) and UPS (UPS). Nonetheless, Amazon supply vans are right here two or thrice a day, from daybreak to nightfall. I additionally know this from the movement sensors on each our neighbor’s townhouse and ours. Occasionally, once they set off lights, I look out the window. If it isn’t a creature, it is an Amazon supply man heading for considered one of our entrance doorways; I’ve by no means seen FedEx or UPS service suppliers hit our movement detectors; hmmm.

As for packages

What about these Amazon bundles? A number of months in the past, a intelligent phisher hacked me by spoofing an electronic mail from a neighbor who wanted assist and gained entry to my Amazon account. To cross their safety display screen, the corporate required me to call our three most up-to-date purchases. I could not with out going again and our buy historical past (which on the time was locked). Was it that cat field, storage software rack, vacuum stick, jar of our favourite cranberry/horseradish sauce, COVID masks, toddler chairs, garments, mountaineering boots, toys, espresso pods, cosmetics, workplace provides, hardcover books, these distributed by way of Kindle, what about Amazon Prime motion pictures; if our journeys to Entire Meals matter, my reminiscence has failed me. Their product list is inexhaustible.

Supply Contest

Stepping again, I made a decision to take a look at some no-BS metrics evaluating Amazon to FedEx and UPS – how lengthy the three firms have been in enterprise, their annual variety of packages delivered worldwide, worker headcount, annual income/progress and most up-to-date quarterly gross revenue margin (all courtesy of SA and Wiki, besides packages delivered from numerous sources, FedEx being suspect):




Based / Age

1994 / 28 years previous

1971 / 51 years previous

1907 / 115 years

Parcels delivered

7.7 billion

1.4 billion (?)

6.4 billion

Variety of workers




Rev/Annual Progress

$470 billion / 22%

$94 billion / 22%

$97 billion / 15%

Quarter. Gross margin




Now, there are those that argue that such an evaluation is improper as a result of these firms function on totally different enterprise fashions – success facilities versus distribution facilities versus drop-off areas, no matter. Whereas that is true, all of them serve the identical base inhabitants of distributors who channel merchandise to the identical base inhabitants of consumers.

In different phrases, it’s not as a result of their worth chains are totally different that these firms are incomparable. Those that disrupt the established order – with higher “substitute” merchandise, providers and/or processes – usually win aggressive races. By analogy, 20 years in the past somebody may need argued that movie and cellphone cameras weren’t comparable; everyone knows the way it occurred.

And, as you possibly can see above, the comparability is stark. Amazon, having been in enterprise simply over half the time of FedEx, and solely 1 / 4 of that of UPS, blew them away by all measures together with headcount, income and gross margin.

Certainly, we may take FedEx and UPS, add them collectively, they usually nonetheless would not equal Amazon. And even when Amazon “matures” as an organization, too dangerous if it continues to grab market share from its primary rivals.

Large Field Contest

Leaving supply apart, I then determined to match Amazon to 3 big-box retailers or what I want to name self-service success firms, Goal (TGT) and Walmart (WMT) of kind “retail”, and Costco (COST) from that of the “huge one”. To make sure, all have on-line ordering and supply capabilities. Nonetheless, they’re largely single storey, secondarily curbside, catering to those that wish to exit and store, my spouse does, I do not. Right here is identical evaluation besides that our packages delivered metric is irrelevant:





Based / Age

1994 / 28 years previous

1962* / 60 years

1962 / 60 years

1983 / 39 years previous






A. Rev/Progress

$470 billion / 22%

$106 billion / 13%

$573 billion / 3%

$227 billion / 16%

Quarter. Gross margin





* Dayton’s, dad or mum of Goal, dates from 1902.

Similar fundamental story. Amazon, which has been in enterprise for a shorter time, is proportionally far forward of Goal and Costco, lower than Walmart. With out divulging my supply, I’ve an excellent good friend who was an government for considered one of these firms on the time they began to appreciate they had been being threatened by Amazon. He and his colleagues went to the CEO to voice their issues and ask if they need to change their enterprise mannequin. Their CEO refused (establishing the scenario we see above).

Progress funding

So far as traders are involved, the again check is how the 5 shares of those rivals – FDX, UPS, TGT, WMT and COST – fared in opposition to the large canine, AMZ (and the S&P 500, whereas we’re at this). Once more, no comparability, Amazon, the growth competitor, has largely surpassed them over 10 years. Minimize Amazon’s ‘COVID house procuring bump’ – visually interpolate its line beneath from early 2020 to the current day – the corporate continues to be imperceptibly drifting away from its primary competitor, maybe at a barely quicker tempo sluggish.

Information by Y-Charts

The snapshots and trendlines above exhibit that Amazon is the uncommon fowl that captures market share whereas delivering shareholder worth, which implies not sacrificing margins to generate income.

Furthermore, nothing means that Amazon will let go. It has the monetary power – pictured above and with phenomenal money circulation and capitalization – to maintain going. We see it of their numbers, and we see it of their newest choices corresponding to a insurance portal“influencer” home decoration assortment, new delivery covenantsand even prefabricated houses for lower than $50,000. (Aside from long-shelf-life packaged meals, I hope Amazon pulls out of groceries which have notoriously skinny markups.)







Working money circulation

$46 billion

$10 billion

$15 billion

$9 billion

$24 billion

$7 billion

Money and equivalents

$59 billion

$7 billion

$11 billion

$1 billion

$14 billion

$11 billion

Liabilities to Fairness







Excessive a number of, flat to expectations, and regardless of Friday’s blows, the street Nonetheless like AMZN with 39 out of 51 having it as a “purchase” with a median value goal of $140, representing a 35% appreciation from Friday’s shut. Quants and authors of SA are notably jaded to have the title in “Maintain” due to its valuation.

Threat / Reward

As for the dangers, the obvious is macro-economic, recession. On the one hand, given the GDP and PCE numbers launched final week, I am inclined to consider the menace has peaked. Alternatively, our terribly low unemployment price means that the Fed may increase the speed in a single day by one other 75 foundation factors. No matter occurs will have an effect on all rivals on this article however is unlikely to alter comparative realities/tendencies.

On the micro degree, I wish to see Amazon working with extra cash. Sure, the corporate holds a whole lot of money however, in actual fact, its working capital (present property minus liabilities) is detrimental $9 billion versus a present ratio of 0.94x. That stated, the corporate rotates its stock about 8 instances a 12 months or each 45 days. There’s proof that Amazon greenhouse its suppliers however, in fact, their various is to realign their distribution by way of a lesser portal, a transfer most suppliers would most likely want to keep away from.

No, for us the rewards greater than outweigh the dangers for the primary purpose which, once more, Amazon is a market share machine. IMO, benchmarking/aggressive evaluation is extra relevant right here than different approaches. Argue with me.

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