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Alexa, Grow Faster: Moonshot Initiatives

Consumer Technology
Amazon

Amazon Alexa was born alongside the first Echo speaker on November 6th 2014. It’s hard to imagine 5 years have passed since. Over 26% of US households now own a smart speaker, with Alexa as the dominant voice with 60%+ market share. She’s not done growing. The number of open postings for Alexa roles reached...

Walmart goes on offense against Amazon on apparel, re-invests in Bonobos

Retail
Walmart

Walmart is unexpectedly boosting investment in Fashion. October data shows the number of new positions in apparel and fashion retailing increasing 10x, from 15 in September to 150 in October. Bonobos hiring for 121 positions one month after layoffs Bonobos is responsible for the bulk of this hiring spree. A complete reversal from the situation...

Costco is Taking eCommerce Slightly More Seriously

Retail
Costco

The number of Costco eCommerce and retail IT open job postings reached an all time high of 50 in September. A significant surge from the 20 postings it had in July, and 40 in August. Prior to July, Costco only had a dozen eCommerce positions open in any given month. Half to staff its online...

Amazon hitting peak advertising

Online Advertising
Amazon

Google and Facebook command 60% of the $107 billion online advertising business, but growth has stalled, and Amazon is stealing market share. Amazon recently acquired ad-server company Sizmek to boost capabilities. Is Amazon becoming a serious threat to the duopoly? What are Amazon’s growth intentions? Amazon continues to pour large investments into Advertising this year...

Walmart ramps up fight for upper-middle class USA, re-invests in Sam’s Club

Retail
Walmart

“Let’s Try Again” series investigates why companies attempt to do something they failed at previously. Walmart is ramping up growth at Sam’s Club a year after it closed 63 stores and laid off almost 1,000 workers. Our data shows the number of new positions posted at Sam’s Club grew from 84 in April to 2,300+...