And it's more than just Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report possibly dominating the future of organic food via its deal for Whole Foods (WFM) . The transaction is likely to spur pressured food prices across the board, over time. This is the last thing Costco needs with its already razor-thin profit margins. Walmart (WMT) - Get Report is likely to ramp up its price-cutting efforts in response, as is Kroger (KR) - Get Report . After a while, there is an all-out food price war in the grocery aisles (sorry, General Mills (GIS) - Get Report ). Besides this, Amazon's Prime continues to become a dominant force in society, and now that the company is getting more into food people may question the need to have a Costco card.
Top this off with millennials living in smaller houses than their parents, and one has to wonder how Costco will fit into their plans.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Costco bulls. Just keeping it real.
Costco's shares were up 0.6% to $160.17 by Wednesday's close.
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