, Inc. Will Succeed Where Webvan Failed

The high-profile Internet grocer couldn't achieve scale or make online grocery shopping easy., Inc. has already solved both problems.

Apr 7, 2014 at 8:30PM


Amazon Fresh could get a big boost from Dash. Sources: KQED/ (NASDAQ:AMZN) is making it easier to order groceries through a small stick of a device called the Dash. In the following video, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says it may be the first sign of national expansion for the e-tailer's grocery delivery efforts.

What's the big deal? Dash makes ordering groceries simple in two ways. Either scan the barcode of items that you'd like order more of, or speak your order into a mic on the device. Amazon Fresh then processes your list and ships your groceries. Supermarkets might be hard pressed to compete with a process so ruthlessly simple and efficient, Tim says. Certainly Webvan didn't enjoy these sorts of advantages in the lead-up to its multibillion-dollar bankruptcy in 2001.

For investors, the Dash comes as Amazon is making significant investments in newer areas of its business. Take the Fire set-top box, which extends the e-tailer's Prime Instant Video service to any TV while also adding mobile games.

A similar expansion of Amazon Fresh wouldn't be surprising, though disrupting incumbents might be more difficult than it seems. Kroger (NYSE:KR) recently reported better-than-expected financial results while scoring high on the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Meanwhile, Safeway (NYSE:SWY) is pursuing a private-equity buyout that could reshape its business.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Can you see yourself using the Dash as an alternative to going to the supermarket? Would you like to see Amazon Fresh in your city? Please watch the video to get the full story, and then leave a comment to let us know what you think, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Amazon stock at current prices.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

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KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

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