The king of Logistics Real Estate expands his kingdom: Prologis acquires Liberty Trust for $12.6bn

Prologis Inc [PLD:NYSE] – Mkt cap as of 09/11/19: $55.01bn Liberty Property Trust [LPT:NYSE] – Mkt cap as of 09/11/19: $9.26bn Introduction The boom of e-commerce is rapidly pushing up demand for industrial real estate and thus driving warehouse giants to new pursuits. Accordingly, Prologis – the world’s leader in logistics real estate – has […]

The Spillovers of eCommerce: a little bit of clarity

Introduction  The term eCommerce has been around for years, now. Definitions of it have been imprecise and, most of the time, people tend to associate it to companies like Amazon and Alibaba and not without a reason since their business is commerce through the internet. Virtual Commerce, however, is more complex than a simple association […]

Albertsons and Rite Aid to merge in the latest move to contrast the growing threat posed by online e-commerce

Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: $2.22bn Introduction  On the 20th February, Rite Aid Corporation, one of the leading US drugstore chains, entered into a definitive merger agreement with Albertsons Companies, one of the largest American private equity-backed grocery retailers. The deal will result in the creation of a company with a combined enterprise […]

The Effects of E-Commerce on Shopping Malls and on the Consumer Retail Sector – a US Case Study

  Introduction This article will focus on the disruptive effects that e-commerce has on both the real estate and consumer retail sector. Subsequently, the paper will address Amazon and Walmart, as the former represents the incumbent driving this transition and the latter represents one of the main players being affected by the advent of online […]

Amazon completes acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) — market cap as of 15/09/2017: $476.64bn Introduction On June 16, 2017, it was announced that Amazon.com Inc. (“Amazon”) had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. (“Whole Foods”), for a total cash consideration of approximately $13.7bn, including net debt. This is the latest deal in a sector that has been consolidating […]

Amazon of Arabia: Jeff Bezos’ Giant Buys Souq in a Move to Enter the Middle East Market

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) — market cap as of 31/03/2017: $423.03bn Introduction On March 28, 2017, American electronic e-commerce and cloud computing company Amazon.com announced its acquisition of Dubai-based Souq.com, in a move that is expected to bring a significant impact on the Middle East’s small but fast-growing e-commerce sector. According to people familiar with the […]

Square IPO – Can it help sell itself?

About Square Square is a startup based out of San Francisco that provides Point-of-sale (POS) services across the world. The central premise of Square is to enable small and medium sized businesses to process card based payments at a low and transparent cost. This is achieved through utilizing mobile devices and an app based system. […]

Rollercoaster Ride After the IPO – A Year in Review for Alibaba‘s Stock

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA); Market cap (as of 09/10/2015):$170.1bn After a year of the biggest IPO in history, Chinese giant Alibaba is yet again in the spotlight, this time for its poor stock performance. After the initial IPO price of $68, it soon jumped to its highest, $119.15. However, later on, Alibaba’s share price […]

Alibaba: behind the scenes of the IPO

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Market Cap (as of 26/09/2014): $222.98bn In September 2014, the Chinese e-commerce Alibaba secured its place as a major global company by completing the world’s largest IPO with a price of $68 per share. Due to a very strong demand, the bankers running the deal decided to sell to the investors […]

Alibaba’s investors and the market

Alibaba, the Chinese business to business e-commerce giant, is expected to file for an IPO in the next quarter; this highly expected IPO, that is valued at around US$190-200bn has already a huge impact in public markets, precisely in two tech corporations: Softbank and Yahoo!. Even if the financial situation of these companies is really […]