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Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air, Nordstrom Online Sales Represent 61% of Q2 Revenue and Walmart’s Amazon Prime Competitor Launches in 2 Weeks

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Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air

Amazon received federal approval to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday, a milestone which allows the company to expand unmanned package delivery. The approval will give Amazon broad privileges to “safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers,” the agency states. The ecommerce giant said it will use the FAA’a certification to begin testing customer deliveries. “This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world,” David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air, said in a statement. “We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30 minute delivery.”


What stood out to us? The return of air travel!


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Nordstrom Online Sales Represent 61% of Revenue in Q2

Apparel retail chain Nordstrom Inc.’s digital sales decreased 5% to approximately $1.13 billion in its fiscal second quarter which ended August 1, with total revenue dropping 51.9% to $1.86 billion during the quarter. Nordstrom generally has its annual Anniversary Sale in July, but this year the company postponed the event to August due to store closures during the pandemic. Excluding the impact of the Anniversary Sale event shift, digital sales grew approximately 20% in Q2 and mid-teens range year-to-date. Digital sales accounted for 61% of total sales in Q2, up from 30% in Q2 2019. For the first six months of its fiscal year, ecommerce represented 57% of total sales, up from 31% in 2019. Total revenue is down 45.5% to $3.98 billion for the first half of the year.


What stood out to us? Goodbye shopping mall.


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Walmart’s Competitor to Amazon Prime Launches in 2 Weeks

Walmart Inc.’s answer to Amazon Prime finally has a launch date. The new subscription, Walmart+, will be available on September 15th, the world’ largest retailer said in a statement. The program costs $98 a year, a discount to Amazon’s $119 annual Prime membership. Walmart+ also includes unlimited free delivery from stores, including groceries, and gasoline discounts. “We’ve tried to make a membership that makes it easier for customers to shop, manage their daily lives, and to manage their pocketbooks,” Janey Whiteside, Walmart’s chief customer officer, said in an interview.


What stood out to us? Play the long game.


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