The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin discusses the race that only consumers will win, and that's the race to the lowest price. To move products and grow top line, companies are slashing their prices -- and their margins in the process. It's a game where many retailers will be pushed to below 2% margins in the future just to survive.

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