3 Threats To Amazon You Must Own Today

The grocer has nearly 3,000 stores around the U.S. Its success in selling organic foods is a major reason Whole Foods leaped into the arms of Amazon to begin with.

Kroger is no laggard in “retail tech” either — a few days ago, the chain said it will roll out “cashierless” checkout technology in its stores this year.

W.W. Grainger Inc. (NYSE: GWW) is yet another candidate for a merger deal, in my opinion.

Grainger isn’t usually thought of as a retailer. It’s considered an “industrial supply” business, selling everything under the sun — cleaning products, paper clips, shelving systems, you name it — to other businesses.

Like Kroger, the stock was knocked down last year as investors fled in fear of Amazon. But Grainger’s network of warehouses and distribution centers are ready-made assets for any company hoping to “bulk up” and compete effectively against Amazon.

Best of all, these three companies aren’t fixer-uppers. They’re already successful, profitable companies.

Together, they’ll report $15 a share in profits in 2018. Two of the three pay dividends of around 2% as well.

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