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Rachael Ray and GrubHub just teamed up. Uber Eats launched one last week. We’re looking at the “trend of the week” — Virtual Kitchens. Stocks popped Friday because of the latest (kinda) trade deal, so we’re looking at what it includes. And Papa raised $10M and snagged major partners as it becomes the “grandkids on demand” app.
Your other map go-to, Waze, is owned by Google’s parent, Alphabet, and it’s the company’s potential future profit puppy. Tootsie Roll is 100% focused on candy, less focused on its latest earnings report. And our Unicorn of the Day is Grammarly, the AI-powered company (or is it a feature?) that just hit a $1B valuation.
Bed Bath & Beyond stock is down over 80% in the last 5 years, but it just snagged a new CEO who revolutionized shopping at Target. Compared to Delta, it’s been hard out there for American Airlines, so we’re looking at what uniquely caused its problems. And our Invention of the Day is lithium ion batteries because the creation that enabled the tech device you’re reading this on just won a Nobel prize.
Domino’s already fights in the Pizza Wars and Delivery Wars — now it’s focused on takeout (they prefer “carryout”) to win. A Houston Rockets’ tweet has China angry at the NBA, and now companies are getting involved. And One Medical is our Unicorn of the Day: the $1.5B tech-ish doctor chain now wants to IPO
The owner of Ben & Jerry’s, Unilever is making an epic sustainability pledge: cut 400K tons of virgin plastic per year. Harley designed an electric bike to desperately snag millennial customers, but it turns out they’re not interested. And after diving deep into ecommerce, Walmart is undoing the parts that are too unprofitable.
Target is pulling a Best Buy — it’s adding Disney stores within its own stores (and it kind of looks like the future of malls). HP dropped 10% because printers are the new fax machines, but a shrinking business could become a growing one. And wedding registry icon Zola is engaged to become a unicorn — the $650M startup launches an end-to-end Honeymoon booking service.
Liquor legend Constellation brands fell 6% even though it’s launching 4 flavors of a new spiked seltzer to save its beer sales. Uber unveiled a new app that’s purely focused on the gig economy — connecting workers with needs, not just drivers and delivery. And payment processor Square jumped into supporting CBD sellers because cannabis has a banking bottleneck.
Don’t call it a phone — Microsoft just cooked up a 2-part foldable phone that creates a whole new product category (its mojo is back). The World Trade Organization (WTO) just decided on a 15-year trade dispute between Boeing and Airbus that reveals how trade conflicts should go down. And Chipotle’s new-ish CEO makes a bold move during the breakfast wars — focus on dinner and everything the previous CEO wouldn’t do.
GoPro unveiled a couple pre-holiday cameras, but the move reveals how much it’s lost its moat. Charles Schwab announced it’s cutting stock trading commissions from $4.95/trade to zero, so we’re jumping into the history of fees. And Masco is our Midwestern institution of the day for focusing on paint over cabinets as it pivots strategy.
Bud had a hefty bar tab, so it just spun-off its Asia beer business — and the IPO proved unsexy business models may be sexy again. Google’s self-driving car division just had its valuation slashed because it’s taking. Way. Too. Long. To. Arrive. And the world’s biggest RV-maker, Thor Industries, jumped 16% because camping is going global.
Talent agency Endeavor was supposed to IPO last Friday, but it called off everything Thursday night. Rent The Runway is not taking new customers to its clothing rental until Oct 15th because of a mistake that reveals what kind of a company it really is: Logistics. And NFL Sunday Ticket is the loyalty leader that got people using DirecTV — but now AT&Tis considering ending the expensive deal.
Straight from the fitness tech pioneer’s IPO, we sit down with Peloton co-founder and COO Tom Cortese to talk about how they pitched investors, what drives customer loyalty, and if the stock ticker symbol should’ve been “SWET” or “SPIN” instead of "PTON".
Facebook’s virtual reality arm, Oculus, just cooked up “Horizons” — a virtual world at a whole new level. Amazon released a huge number of Alexa-packed products, including a finger ring, copy-cat AirPods, and a high-end speaker. And fresh after WeWork and Juul just lost both their CEOs this week, eBay’s leader is stepping down.
After a crazy week, WeWork’s co-founder and CEO stepped down. Nike’s earnings reveal its next opportunity is really with guys wearing athleisure. And Nio, the Tesla of China, plummeted 22% after another rough quarter that forced it to shockingly cancel its earnings call.
Literally while some people were in the air, British travel agency Thomas Cook shut down, so we look at the millions affected by a big corporate bankruptcy. Fitbit’s fought hard to survive since Apple unveiled the Watch, but it’s now offering to sell itself. And Bloomingdale’s launched “My List,” a 10-item per month clothing rental for $149/month as “clothing as a service.”
J. Crew’s legendary denim brand is outperforming J. Crew — so it filed to IPO itself. Tinder-owner Match Group is getting an interactive TV show (welcome to “Swipe Night”) in a unique convergence of tech and media. And Juul’s e-cigarette issues keep piling up, which is a bigger pain for its latest investor: regular cigarette-maker Altria.
Bezos kicked things up a notch by announcing a carbon neutrality pledge for Amazon that shockingly even beats the Paris Climate Accords. Alphabet’s drone division, Wing, just partnered up with Walgreens, FedEx, and a local gift store to make drone delivery happen next month in Virginia. And Stripe just passed Airbnb with a $35B valuation that earns it our “Unicorn of the Day.”
Facebook just announced a $149 Portal TV device to let you video chat while binge TV-watching. Corning Glass is located in a small town in upstate New York, making the glass on your iPhone — it just snagged a $250M investment from Apple. And FedEx fell 13% on its worries about the global economy, which makes it a “leading indicator.”
LinkedIn just revealed a new “skills” feature that we consider its most strategic move since Microsoft acquired it. General Motors is experiencing its biggest strike in a decade and that’ll cost it up to $100M a day. And Shopify just became Earth’s #2 biggest ecommerce platform, but we’re looking into its cannabis-supporting moves into CBD.
Oil prices just surged after an attack in Saudi Arabia, so we break down why it’s not as big a deal as Wall Street made it seem. Netflix is treating itself to $500M of Seinfeld reruns from Sony because sitcoms earn your loyalty. The WSJ reported that Amazon’s secretive A9 search office made a change to its algorithm with huge implications for your online shopping life.
Pepsi and Venmo teamed up for a spending partnership they’re calling “PepCoin” — it highlights the behavioral challenges of Fintech. Walmart’s $98/month Grocery Club is taking on Amazon with something Amazon can’t do. And our “Nearly-Unicorn of the Day” is Voyage, whose self-driving cars are turning the elderly into early-adopters.
SmileDirectClub (uncreative ticker symbol, FYI) falls 28% on its IPO day, but we look at whether it was really a bad IPO when you look at the valuation. Under Armour is going anti-athleisure with its new strategy, but it’s actually copying Lululemon. And General Electric is selling $38B of itself to survive, which highlights its greatest disadvantage: Pensions.
Wendy’s is trying to jump into the fast food breakfast wars, but shares fell 10% because it’s too late — again. A Snacker asked us to jump into Monster Beverage, so we found out what it’s up to. And California’s new gig worker law hits right at Lyft and Uber, so they hit right back.
Everyone’s looking at the new iPhone 11 unveiled at Apple’s big product unveil (spoiler alert: new colors), but we’re focused on its strategic moves with Apple TV+. Ford’s bonds just hit junk status, so we’re looking at the decade that led to this. And Next Door is our “Unicorn of the Day” for its latest fundraise and focus on accountability.
Uber is already deeply unprofitable, but whipped up $200M to invest annually in its fastest-growing business: Uber Freight. Starbucks will launch its 1st pick-up only store in New York this fall, but it’s the early sign of American companies copying Chinese ones. And AT&T was smacked with a 23-page letter by a new major hedge fund investor, and it’s calling for huge change.
Glossier just snagged a new COO from Amazon, highlighting the company’s growth hacking success. DocuSign surged 22% as the e-signature pioneer’s anti-friction strategy pays off. And Beyond Meat drops as plant-based protein competition kicks up four notches.
Tinder-owner Match fell 5% on word Facebook’s new dating feature goes live, like, right now — even though Match already knew the competition was coming. Slack released its first earnings report since going public, revealing its next 10M users are harder than the 1st 10M. And WeWork may slice its valuation from $47B to about $25B before it IPOs because critics think its IPO paperwork is a “masterpiece of obfuscation.”
While American Eagles sales suffer, its Aerie lingerie brand is thriving — and it’s a perfect example of spinoff brands. Michigan became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, just as Juul came out with “the strictest age verification system ever.” And Google was hit with a $170M fine that highlights the difference in targeted and non-targeted ads.
A “reverse engineer” took it upon herself to investigate Facebook’s code — and she discovered the company toying with a “hide your likes” feature. Ulta Beauty dropped 30% last week, so we looked into why and found an insight in slide #9. And with deadlines quickly approaching, we break down the econo-political drama in Britain and Argentina.
WeWork just acquired Spacious before its IPO, and the startup’s business model fascinated us. Walmart is stealthily testing out a new health center it could take nationwide. And Dollar Tree and Dollar General were about to be hit hard by tariffs — then they discovered 4 creative ways not to pay for tariffs.
The Disney merging with Fox saga is officially over now that Disney sold YES Network… partially to Amazon. Forever 21 is a fast-fashion founding father, but it’s reportedly going bankrupt (there’s another key F-word here: Fad). And Citibank and Panera bread both have minimum wage stories that will surprise you.
Peloton’s IPO — we literally printed off the IPO filing documents, got on a Peloton, and discovered that Peloton wants to be a religion. Fitbit’s taking on Apple by launching its own subscription service. And Amazon had already acquired the doorbell company Ring, but now it’s got an interesting partnership with police departments nationwide.
Costco just opened up its first physical store in China and the reaction was huge (the store had to close early). Smucker’s dropped 8% on word its peanut butter is facing price cut problems (and other nut-butters). And Altria and Philip Morris used to own the tobacco industry together, but now they may re-merge because nearly every trend is anti-cigarette.
First Popeye’s and Chick-fil-a went at it over a new fried chicken sandwich, then KFC added a Beyond Meat faux-meat burger. Hasbro is dropping $4B for British cartoon Peppa Pig (and it’s also getting some rap artists). And Dish is about to be the 4th biggest telecom company after the Sprint-T-Mobile merger, so we jumped into it Snacks style.
Stocks plummeted at the end of last week on the biggest escalation in the US/China trade war yet (it got personal). White Claw by the Mark Anthony group is the spiked seltzer whose sales have quadrupled as it takes on beer. And News Corp announces Knewz, a new app trying to out-play tech in its top skill: aggregation.
Dick’s pulled a classic tool out of its belt: A/B Testing. Our “Unicorn of the Day” is Wheels Up, which claims it’ll be the Airbnb of private jets (and Tom Brady and Serena Williams are members). And Germany’s 30-year bonds hit negative interest rates — so we break down what they are and why they’re so rare.
We dove into WeWork’s IPO paperwork (its S-1) Snacks style. JPMorgan is shutting down a payment app, but it’s a major lesson on how to quit something smartly. And Waymo (owned by Google) is sharing its self-driving car knowledge to make self-driving actually happen.
Apple’s card with Goldman Sachs was just released for all Americans, so we jump in Snacks style. Target announces its biggest ever food brand, focused on organic food. And Tesla’s solar panel unit announces a rental version — just as it gets sued by Walmart.
Makeup legend Estée Lauder jumped 13% after its earnings report, but we were most interested in its “travel retail channel” surprise. SmileDirectClub wants to IPO, so we jumped into its filing documents and found an Instagram story. And the Business Roundtable held a meeting, but ended up renewing its vows of what being a corporation actually means today.
Facebook’s had a rocky relationship with the news industry, but it’s trying a major new partnership to fix what it broke. Roku is the new king of streaming after its Rudy moment. And sperm startup Dadi just raised $5M as money pours into fertility — now healthtech is the next wave of Brandicorns.
Lyft jumped after its huge loss wasn’t as bad as expected — but we found two other stories with a bigger takeaway about the tech industry. Boston Beer Company is famous for its Sam Adams label, but a recent report highlights why it’s not a beer stock anymore. And prescription drug distributors are getting sued by states, and we learned a key price tag of the opioid epidemic.
FYI, take the Snacks survey so we can get to know our Snackers better (fun fact: you could win a $100 Amazon gift card): www.listenerq.com/snacks —Shake Shack popped 18% not just because of a new strategic move, but because its leadership was open to changing its mind. Disney’s earnings hit record revenues, but spent $3B more money than it made because of acquisitions. And IAC owns a piece of everybody in the human-connecting-human apps industry, including Tinder and Angie’s List.
Worst. Day. Of. The. Year. The trade war just opened up a fresh new front: the currency battles. Meat giant Tyson shares surged, but then it announced it’s being investigated for collusion on your chicken prices. And Compass has almost doubled its valuation in less than a year to $6.4B — its dream is to bring tech to real estate.
Pinterest is defining itself as the most positive, happy, feel-good social media app — and usage is jumping. Delivery apps had their biggest week yet, so we jumped into it Snacks style. And oil icons Exxon Mobil and Chevron reported earnings, which reveal a “glut” issue in the whole industry.
Kellogg enjoyed its best day in two decades even though cereal sales are struggling big. Canada Goose removed a single word from its website, causing the stock to drop Thursday. And stocks fell because of the trade war — you’re going to finally notice the tariffs that hit consumer products.
Turns out lawn phenom Scotts Miracle-Gro has been enjoying a sales boost by equipping cannabis producers to grow indoors. Fitbit plummeted 14% on a struggling new smartwatch, but its future could be Apple-style services. And stocks plummeted yesterday because of the Fed, so we break down why.
Turns out Apple is no longer an iPhone company after releasing its latest quarterly earnings report. Under Armour hasn’t embraced the athleisure trend enough and its latest 14% stock drop reveals it needs a rebrand. And P&G stock jumped 4% even though it suffered a $5.4B loss — blame that on its razor biz (which is blaming beards).
A new drug company hath been born — Pfizer is merging its portfolio of off-patent drugs (like Viagra and Lipitor) with epi-pen-maker Mylan. Beyond Meat’s earnings report had a good side and a dark side. And The Athletic’s subscription-only sports news biz model is winning the media industry with a new milestone.
We were live from the floor of Nasdaq’s opening bell ceremony at Livongo IPO’s — so we sat down to interview the president of the digital health service company. We also covered a WSJ report that Apple may be giving unfair preference to its apps in the App Store (so we run our first “snax-periment”). And the T-Mobile/Sprint deal to create a new telecom giant got a major approval from the DOJ worth diving into.
Snackers, we love you. And we would love to learn more about you — fill out this 2-minute survey to share more about yourself and thoughts on the pod (plus, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card): http://listenerq.com/snacks/In today's episode, for the past 4 quarters, Amazon set record profits. But not this time — we noticed it has 42 highlights in its report, so we picked highlights of those highlights. Hershey stock rose 2%, but its new strategy is simply repackaging Reese’s. And major car companies got together to chat emissions standards with California in a secret meeting that could affect the entire industry.
With another huge day of earnings, Tesla fell 10% because one of its top cars is cannibalizing sales of another. Dunkin’ is launching a plant-based sausage sandwich with Beyond Meat, highlighting how Dunkin’s become the great trend democratizer. And UPS popped 9% as it tries a new strategy for growth: A try every strategy.
Forget coffee. Starbucks made a strategic tech investment so it can start licensing out its successful mobile app technology and loyalty program. Hasbro shares popped 10% courtesy of its critical Disney partnership. And China’s new tech-focused stock market debuted with one purpose: Make sure Chinese tech companies IPO in China.
Uber is launching a pilot in SF and Chicago for a membership program that combines all its services for one price. Apple is reportedly buying Intel’s smartphone chip-making business, and that dropped Qualcomm’s stock. And GoPuff is our “Unicorn of the Day” because it’s about to get a major investment from SoftBank as it brings convenience stores to college students nationwide.
Beyond Meat is bouncing back after 2 big partnership deals — online and offline. You’re constantly hearing about Boeing’s issues, so we’re breaking down how its $8B price tag stacks up to other corporate scandals. And Tinder’s new move to sneak past the Google Play store highlights how app stores have become tollbooths.
Microsoft remains the world’s biggest publicly-traded company, so we jumped into the big question no one understands these days: How it makes money. Skechers stock popped because it’s basically become an international company, but its core focus is (ironically) avoiding trends. And iHeartRadio just started trading again on Nasdaq after emerging from a hefty bankruptcy.
The 2-day Amazon Prime Day just ended, so we jump into the “flywheel effect” that powers it. Netflix shares plummeted 12% and it’s blaming its lack of story-telling the last 3 months. And Turo is our unicorn of the day after an investment by Tinder-owner IAC boosted the car-sharing platform beyond a $1B valuation.
A report revealed that Apple wants to jump deeper into podcasts by signing exclusive deals with podcast creators sent Spotify shares down. Domino’s fell 9% after its earnings revealed it may be facing pressure from ”3rd party delivery aggregators.” And Big Bank Week continued with earnings from JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs — and we noticed how expensive Goldman’s pivot from Wall Street to Main Street is getting.
Chobani whipped up a new line of nut butter Greek yogurts — The Greek yogurt industry is struggling, but Chobani is using Coca-Cola’s spinoff strategy. Marriott has been charging “resort fees” for years, but now the DC Attorney General has a problem with it. And publicly-traded private equity firm Blackstone just made an acquisition of the mobile ad optimizing startup that’s taking on Google and Facebook’s ad game.
Earth’s biggest brew-glomerate, Budweiser-owner AB InBev, was planning the biggest IPO of the year by spinning off its Asia unit — that was suddenly canceled before the weekend. France unveiled a “tech tax,” but it really looks like a tariff on Silicon Valley. And scooter icon Bird is our “dramatic unicorn of the day” for a debate raging on its profitability problems.
Fed Chairman Jerry Powell was visiting Congress — So he shared his thoughts on Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency (that may have caused Bitcoin to drop). Lululemon whipped up a 20,000-square-foot mega-store/club/studio, a sweatlife store format it wants to take nationwide. And healthcare stocks jumped this week on multiple headlines, so we jump into the factors that drive the unique industry.
Conference call icon Zoom made your webcam vulnerable to snooping, and the flaw got discovered in a dramatic way. SunTrust bank decided to stop funding private prison companies, so we decided to look into private prison company stocks. And Snapchat’s venture capital arm, Yellow, announced its 2nd class of early-stage startups, which we explored to notice the trends of tomorrow.
Pepsi’s earnings report seemed normal, until we noticed its CEO’s passion for the future of its sparkling water strategy. AT&T announced HBO Max with a unique angle attacking Netflix’s awkward Achilles heel. And Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic wants to become the first publicly listed human-spaceflight company.
So far in 2019, Snap’s stock is up 160% — we’re looking at the 2 biceps of tech powering that silent comeback. WeWork wants to IPO, but first, it’s taking on some debt. A lot of it. And it’s the same strategy as a college athlete going pro. And the Congressional Budget Office’s minimum wage report reveals some key insights on the nation’s paycheck policy if everyone made $15/hour.
Canopy Growth is the world’s largest cannabis company and it suddenly fired its co-CEO — but it looks like Corona owner Constellation Brands was all over this one. A Recode report revealed major drama within Walmart as its ecommerce arm led by Marc Lore clashes with classic brick-and-mortar Walmartians. And our “Icon of the Week” Lee Iacocca changed the auto industry forever, so we’re looking at his legacy as he passed away.
Tesla didn’t report earnings – it reported its car deliveries, and the record numbers boosted the stock 7%. Meditation app Calm just raised more money as a $1B+ valued company, so we dive into the sleep pivot that powered its growth. And happy 10th birthday to the longest economic expansion since WWII.
Stubhub is treating customers who spend $10k to VIP tailgates, VIP perks, and VIP customer service. The women’s national team soccer jersey is Nike’s top-selling soccer jersey ever, showing the potential to boost womens’ sales. And Deutsche Bank’s reportedly mulling laying off 20k workers as it still hasn’t recovered from the financial crisis.
With beer sales falling, Budweiser’s parent company AB InBev acquires the maker of Babe canned rosé and White Girl Rosé as its summer makeover. The RealReal is leading the re-commerce industry by pulling an Airbnb on thrift stores — and it just surged 45% on its IPO. And Velodyne is our “Pre-IPO of the Day,” using an anti-Tesla technology to make self-driving happen for a bunch of key carmakers (and tech giants).
While Bitcoin is rising, we looked at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which is the “shovel” to Bitcoin’s “mining.” A crazy stat about Amazon reveals how it’s become a shipping company. And Superhuman just raised $33M for its mission to make email a luxury thing.
We noticed WeWork is on an acquisition tear, and it just strategically added Waltz to its list. General Mills shares fell 4% because its snack biz is underperforming, while its fancy pet foods are winning. And Shopify powers your go-to boutique ecommerce options, and its new Apple iMessage feature is a new level for customer service.
Coffee stocks Starbucks and Dunkin’ are up to record highs this year because they’re both pursuing 4 specific strategies. BMW unveiled its new lineup of Tesla-battling electric cars and even an electric bike. And Google sister company Sidewalk Labs revealed details of its $1B future city plan to takeover a Toronto waterfront.
McDonald’s Quarter Pounder was launched with fresh beef a year ago — and that just propelled McD’s to its first gain in burger market share in 5 years. Caesars merged with Eldorado to create the biggest casino in the US, but activist investor Carl Icahn is the real story. And what’s being called the “Viagra for women” just snagged FDA approval, so we look into why the pharmaceutical company’s stock fell.
Canada’s Canopy Growth is the biggest cannabis producer in the world, but its latest numbers reveal it may have a pot demand problem. Walmart paid up a $288M bribery fine, but the management team has a reason to not be upset. And Amazon whipped up a new surveillance drone that fits smoothly into a trend we’re noticing from the ecommerce icon.
Slack shares jumped 49% on their first day of trading, so we jumped into the company that thinks it’ll replace work email within 7 years. Netflix’s Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston movie set a personal record, but it’s the number Netflix shared that entertained us. And Apple’s letter to a US trade rep about moving its factories is a key development in the trade war.
Grocery Outlet’s “WOW!” IPO (listen to the pod — you’ll see what we mean) is the convergence of two major retail trends. YouTube may be launching a separate version for kids and even disable its profit-powering auto-play. And we noticed Adobe’s stock hit a record high and it highlights why Silicon Valley loves software.
Facebook unveiled details of its new cryptocurrency, Libra (aka “ZuckBucks”), so we jump into the key details you need to know. Lululemon’s going hard into its #sweatlife lifestyle push by launching its new shampoo, deodorant, and more, while athleisure keeps winning retail. And Best Buy introduced a new FitnessTech strategy as it aims to become the Apple Store for Baby Boomers.
Tech-focused Domino’s is unleashing a self-driving delivery minivan later this year. Meal kit pioneer Blue Apron’s shares jumped from 55-cents to over $8 because of a reverse stock split (we’ll break it down). And while Buzzfeed employees are pushing to unionize, VW’s shockingly just voted against the idea.
Chewy.com’s IPO is based on the concept of “pet humanization,” but it’s showing how to beat Amazon. Airbnb’s insane new “Adventures” feature lets you book wild trips you probably didn’t realize were possible (because it’s facing competition in every direction). And Verizon launches a piece of hardware to help you not lose anything, but it’s all part of a “switching costs” strategy.
Startup Quibi is launching as a fully mobile streaming app with $1B in funding, and we just got more details on what it’s working on (hint: the return of “Punk’d”). Gig economy website Fiverr surged 90% on its IPO, and it literally trademarked the term “gig.” And a WSJ article reveals how HSBC has become the international bank of choice for Saudi Arabia with big risk, and big reward.
Restoration Hardware (aka RH) surged 20% after its earnings for its new magazine strategy (the opposite of everyone else). Gaming legend Fortnite acquires Houseparty in a move that may redefine the future of social media. And Crowdstrike surged 71% on its IPO day, so we made cybersecurity sexy as our “Unsexy Industry of the Day.”
Mary Meeker dropped her annual 333-slide Internet Trends Report, so we pulled out 3 keys for you. Grubhub shares jumped 8% on word Amazon is ending its restaurant delivery service. And our “Unicorn of the Day” is Brex as it hits a $2.6B valuation giving credit cards to startups.
Suddenly, it happened. Mega Merger Monday. Salesforce acquired Tableau to create the corporate starter kit of software, while Raytheon merged with United Technology to become the #2 player in the defense and weapons industry. And Zoom’s latest earnings report has us jumping into our “Trend of the Day”: Work from Home.
The pioneer of social media influencer marketing, Revolve shares surged to become the 2nd best public offering stock performance of 2019 so far. JetBlack is the text-based online concierge club that just revealed key numbers as it takes on Amazon Prime (it’s a Walmart company). And Germany’s chain Aldi opens up shop outside of Walmart’s headquarters as it adds a new front to the epic US grocery wars.
In its first earnings report since its IPO, Beyond Meat surged as it defends its first-mover advantage. Canadian cannabis icon Cronos is pivoting its CBD efforts to the US. And Barnes & Noble jumped on word it’s about to be acquired.
Liquor legend Brown Forman just revealed that fresh tariffs from the EU on American whiskey is costing the Jack Daniels owner $125M per year. Scooter pioneer Bird has a new bike option that’s blatantly targeting “THICs” -- Town-living High Income Car-less people. And GameStop falls 36% because it’s trying out the Barnes & Noble playbook.
Wall Street just had its best day since January, so we explain why (it’s all about The Fed’s focus on something sexy). Spotify whipped up a new app to fix a problem and also take down radio. And fitness-tech mirror Mirror is about to hit a $300M valuation.
Shares of Google and Facebook both fell over 6% on word US regulators have coordinated to take them on. Meanwhile, Apple’s big Worldwide Developers Conference unveiled fresh new iThings. And then private equity firm Blackstone led the biggest private real estate transaction ever -- and became Amazon’s landlord.
In a record settlement of $5M for a parental leave case, JPMorgan’s giving new moms and dads a more equal policy (although the US is still way behind). The fresh US tariffs on Mexico announced Thursday will hit cars, avocados, and Coronas. And a bunch of brands you know aren’t in the hotel business, but they’re opening hotels -- So we look at West Elm, Shinola, and LVMH.
In its 1st earnings report as a public company since this month’s IPO, Uber’s earnings report revealed it’s got a problem with 1 word: Growth. Firefly raises $30M and expands to NYC to forever change your cab ads. And Dollar General and Dollar Store stocks are close to all-time highs — And that says a lot about the US.
iRobot just unveiled two high-tech robot floor cleaners, but its expansion to non-cleaning things is TBD. Abercrombie & Fitch just axed 3 high-profile flagship stores -- But its stock’s worst day in 2 decades gave us a key insight on retail. And SoFi is raising $500M to expand beyond student loans (and maybe even name a stadium after itself).
Farmville-creator Zynga just sold its San Francisco headquarters building for $600M — And it may be better at real estate than video games. We’re jumping into the spy-worthy “corporate theft” stories of how China’s Huawei stole secret intellectual property from US tech. And cigarette companies suffered their worst day in 5 months, but not because of ecigs and Millennials.
Zuck’s launching a Bitcoin-ish cryptocurrency called GlobalCoin in 2020 so that paying for anything is as easy as messaging. Kontoor is the newly IPO’d company created after Vans-owner VF Brands spun-off its denim icons Wrangler and Lee’s — And it fell on Day #1 of trading. And Snackers asked us to cover Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s big week, so we did. And we loved it.
You’ve heard about Disney+ streaming and Marvel Movies for months — But there’s a big story around its theme parks and its new Star Wars land. Facebook’s 3rd transparency report revealed it’s destroyed 2.2B fake accounts in the last three months. And our “IPO of the Day” is Endeavor, the 121-year-old talent agency behind most of the stars you’re watching.
A “reverse-engineering specialist” discovered within code in the Uber Eats app plans to release a $9.99/month unlimited food delivery service. Yesterday we told you how the retail-pocalypse is crushing JCPenny — Today we jump into how Target is thriving through it. And Snacks Daily listeners asked us for an update on Boeing... so we’re giving it to them.
Tesla stock hit a 3-year low this week after one analysts’ aggressive dystopian imagery. Urban Outfitters is trying on its best Rent the Runway impression, whipping out a new clothing rental business to be called Nuuly. And JCPenney’s falls 7% for its uninspiring-ness.
Telecom icons T-Mobile and Sprint were supposed to enjoy a $26B merger relationship, but now it may be off — And that halted trading in Sprint stock. Chip-makers like Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices have fallen 20% the last few months because of one big indirect threat. And Canva is our “Unicorn of the Day” because it was touched by VC legend Mary Meeker.
Amazon made 2 major moves into delivery and shipping by investing in Deliveroo and breaking ground on its own 100-plane airport. Luggage startup Away hit a $1.4B valuation to become our “Brand-icorn of the Day.” And John Deere drops 8% because it’s become a near-perfect illustration of the trade war drama (and Mother Nature).
There’s a theme to Pinterest’s first ever earnings report: Slowing. TikTok is the Chinese app that just hit 5 straight quarters as the most-downloaded in the app store. And Long Term Stock Exchange is actually a brand new stock exchange with a very particular mission.
To get into your weekend calendar, Amex acquired restaurant reservation app Resy to make perks way more Millenniall-y. LaCroix is owned by National Beverage Corp, whose shares fell 7% this week as analysts say it can’t handle new competition. And a major study shows Americans are having a record low number of babies, so we jump into the businesses that affects.
Ralph Lauren shares dropped even though its latest marketing moves are winning Gen Z. Dating app icon Match announced a new coaching hotline to get you to date #2. And the “Free Shipping Wars” of Walmart vs. Amazon were just kicked up a couple notches.
Spin studio chain Flywheel has been taken over by one of its investors because it’s losing the fitness wars to tech-focused Peloton bikes. Apple fell on word from the Supreme Court it can be sued over for its App Store monopoly. And as trade war drama dropped markets big, our “Unsexy Companies of the Day” earned some air.