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2018  // Posts published in 2018

Grainger Idea Proposal (GWW)

Grainger Idea Proposal (GWW)

Is Grainger’s price decrease helping it win more share of existing customers’ wallets? Will it help Grainger gain new customers? Report Available: March 7, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found GWW seeing improved results after its widespread price cuts aimed at increasing volume and share from existing customers and attracting new business. But it has been […]

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Aaron’s Progressive Leasing Continues Solid Growth Rate (AAN)

Research Question: Will Aaron’s Progressive Leasing unit continue to grow at its current pace? Companies: AAN, AMZN, BBY, RCII, SYF, WMT By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Aaron’s Inc.’s (AAN) Progressive Leasing will continue its rapid pace of growth, according to industry specialists and store personnel at retailers […]

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Everbridge Has Growth Opportunities in a Crowded MNS Market (EVBG)

Research Question: Are Everbridge’s mass notification customers adding new applications to their existing plans? Will Everbridge continue to add new customers at its current pace? Companies: AMZN, BB, ETN, EVBG, FB, GOOG/GOOGL, ORCL, TWLO, TWTR By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Everbridge Inc. (EVBG) is considered an industry […]

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Hugo Boss Idea Proposal (BOSS)

Hugo Boss Idea Proposal (BOSS)

Are Hugo Boss’ rebranding efforts and focus on growing its men’s casual wear line leading to improved sales in Europe?   Report Available: February28, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found BOSS in the midst of a sales recovery with growing expectations for 2018. The company is shifting its branding efforts to emphasize more casual looks and […]

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TreeHouse Firm on Price and Focused on Large Retailers (THS)

Research Question: Can TreeHouse Foods overcome retailers pushing down prices and competitors looking to take share? Companies: AMZN, CAG, COST, CVS, KR, LNCE, LON:MNDI, POST, THS, WBA, WMT By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings TreeHouse Foods Inc. (THS) and many of its private-label manufacturing competitors are standing up […]

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Dim Prospects for UNFI’s Margin Rebound As Challenges Grow (UNFI)

Research Question: Can UNFI rebuild its margins amid competitive threats from organic and conventional distributors? Will Amazon take over UNFI’s distribution to Whole Foods? Companies: AMS:AD, AMZN, BABA, KR, SFM, SVU, UNFI, WMT   By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has little hope […]

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Tech Trends: Cloud Automation Is Disrupting Everything IT

Research Question: Which legacy information technology is most at risk of being diminished or replaced by next-generation developments and cloud-hosted services this year? Which vendors are most likely to be affected? Companies: AMZN, CSCO, CTXS, DVMT, FFIV, GOOG/GOOGL, HPE, IBM, INTC, MSFT, RHT, VMW By: John Harrington Click here to download report (.pdf)   Key […]

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Ulta Beauty Idea Proposal (ULTA)

Ulta Beauty Idea Proposal (ULTA)

Is Ulta’s slowdown a sign that the company’s successful run has peaked, or is this just a bump in the road?   Report Available: February 23, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found ULTA showing signs of concern as trends change in the beauty industry and growing competition looks to take share in the category. Despite double […]

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Amazon RX and Medical/Dental Supply Idea Proposal (AMZN, HSIC, PDCO)

Amazon RX and Medical/Dental Supply Idea Proposal (AMZN, HSIC, PDCO)

How soon until Amazon’s venture into RX and medical/dental supply sales and distribution disrupts traditional channels? Report Available: February 22, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found AMZN putting the prescription drug and medical/dental supply distribution channels on notice. Recent actions by AMZN, which include obtaining pharmacy licenses in 12 states, hiring professional health care staff, and […]

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Share Loss and Top Agent Departures Challenge Realogy in High-end Markets (RLGY)

Research Question: Are technology-enabled real estate brokerage competitors like Compass and Redfin taking agents and market share from Realogy? Companies: AMZN, BRK.A/B, NWSA, PRPPF, RDFN, RLGY, Z By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Realogy Holdings Corp. (RLGY) brands, which serve luxury real estate markets, are experiencing strong competition […]

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