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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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United Natural Foods Inc. Idea Proposal (UNFI)

United Natural Foods Inc. Idea Proposal (UNFI)

Can UNFI rebuild its margins amid competitive threats from organic and conventional distributors? Will Amazon take over UNFI’s distribution to Whole Foods? Report Available: January 31, 2018   Blueshift’s initial research found UNFI coming off a strong quarter, boosted by sales to Whole Foods following the latter’s acquisition by AMZN. UNFI’s margins continue to suffer, however, […]

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Big Freight Forwarders Will Blunt Web Threat by Adding Digital Tools (EXPD, KNIN, PWTN)

Research Question: Can traditional freight forwarders like Expeditors International ward off competition from web-based startups? Companies: AMZN, BABA, CPH:DSV, CPH:MAERSK-B, ETR:DPW, EXPD, FDX, GE, GOOG/GOOGL, IBM, SHE:002352, SWX:PWTN, UPS, VTX:KNIN By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings The freight forwarding industry is ripe for disruption as demand is growing […]

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Freight Forwarders Idea Proposal (EXPD, KNIN, PWTN)

Freight Forwarders Idea Proposal (EXPD, KNIN, PWTN)

Will the emergence of web-based freight forwarders threaten the volume and margins of incumbents like Expeditors International?   Report Available: December 21, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research found a fragmented freight forwarding industry reliant on old-school methods for connecting shippers and with ocean, air and ground carriers at ports around the world. Numerous start-ups are trying […]

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Nov 02 2017 Industrial, Transportation

Pressure Is on Freight Brokers to Combat the Tech Revolution (CHRW, JBHT, LSTR, XPO)

Research Question: Will freight brokerages successfully adjust as digital brokers disrupt the industry? Which companies are best positioned to thrive? Companies: AMZN, CHRW, ECHO, FDX, GOOG/GOOGL, JBHT, KNX, LSTR, ROP, SNDR, UPS, WMT, XPO By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Digital freight-matching services like Uber Freight and Convoy […]

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Freight Brokerage Idea Proposal (CHRW, JBHT, LSTR, XPO)

Freight Brokerage Idea Proposal (CHRW, JBHT, LSTR, XPO)

Will freight brokerages successfully adjust as digital brokers disrupt the industry? Which companies are best positioned to thrive?   Report Available: November 1, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research found that the automation of the freight brokerage business is well under way. There is a plethora of trucking apps challenging the traditional methods of the trucking […]

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Douglas Dynamics’ Plow Sales Curbed by Lack of Snow (PLOW)

Research Question: Will Douglas Dynamics’ snowplow sales meet expectations this winter? Companies: PLOW, TTC By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Douglas Dynamics Inc. (PLOW) will have a tough time meeting sales estimates for its plows this winter because of meager snowfall levels across large swaths of the Northeast […]

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Douglas Dynamics Idea Proposal (PLOW)

Douglas Dynamics Idea Proposal (PLOW)

Will Douglas Dynamics’ snowplow sales meet expectations this winter? Report Available: February 23, 2017   Blueshift’s initial research found high expectations for PLOW sales in the back half of winter. Snowfall totals have vastly exceeded averages in some areas of the country but lagged in others. An uptick in pickup truck sales could bode well […]

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Douglas Dynamics Dealerships Forecast Some Sales Growth Despite Mild Start to Winter (PLOW)

Research Question: Will Douglas Dynamics’ Western and Fisher brands sell more snowplows than a year ago? Companies: PLOW, TTC By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Nearly half of Douglas Dynamics Inc.’s (PLOW) Western and Fisher dealers interviewed are optimistic they will see a year-to-year sales increase on snowplows […]

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Trucking Industry Idea Proposal

Trucking Industry Idea Proposal

Research Question: Will price erosion and federal regulations push small, private trucking companies out of business to the benefit of the bigger players in the space? Report Available: March 2, 2016   Blueshift’s initial research finds 2016 off to a tough start for the trucking industry. Freight volumes slowed in the fall of 2015 and that […]

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