London, eight March 2018 – Hampleton Companions, the worldwide know-how mergers and acquisitions advisor, releases its E-Commerce M&A Market Report at present, outlining how difficult the atmosphere is for any firm offering items and companies, not simply on the excessive road, however on-line within the rising ‘Amazon financial system’.In an age the place something – from screws to personal jets – may be bought on the contact of a keypad, the report reveals that it was shoppers’ most elementary want which fueled e-commerce M&A within the second half of 2017: meals. Hampleton Companions logoFrom GrubHub and Deliveroo to Amazon, JustEat, UberEats, and Ocado, the enterprise of delivering restaurant, takeaway meals and groceries on to properties is present process speedy transformation as on-line platforms purchase aggressively within the race to seize market share at house and overseas. In the meantime new on-line meals methods, demonstrated by the rise in meal kits supplied by the likes of Blue Apron and HelloFresh, are growing shopper’s decisions, offering extra handy choices than ever earlier than and promising a brand new wave of future consolidation on-line, and contraction and failure offline.Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Complete Meals Markets, attracted lots of consideration as the web gorilla purchased its manner onto the excessive road that it has been disrupting for years. However over the previous 30 months, probably the most lively acquirer within the on-line meals sector was Minnesota-based meals retailer Chew Squad, which consumed 17 on-line meals supply firms to propel it to the highest place, together with Café Courier Ohio and 256ToGo.UK-listed takeaway meals app, Simply Eat, and Chicago-based on-line meals ordering firm, GrubHub, took joint place because the sector’s third most lively purchaser, with eight acquisitions every.Ralph Huebner, digital advertising and marketing and e-commerce sector principal, Hampleton Companions, mentioned: “Amazon‘s counter-cyclical acquisition of Complete Meals has pushed a sequence response of acquisitions, as an example, Walmart’s buy in fast succession of ShoeBuy, Moosejaw, Bonobos, Parcel, Hayneedle, ModCloth and Spaitaland. “We count on Amazon to proceed its M&A spending spree all through 2018, increasing into and disrupting different on-line shopper service segments resembling monetary companies, and we’re watching intently how different massive on-line gamers like Alibaba, Walmart/Jet, Flipkart and OTTO will react.“The persevering with excessive development fee of on-line retailing and consequent declining footfall is growing stress on conventional retailers and their suppliers. As bricks-and-mortar companies additionally proceed to wrestle with rising rents and hefty enterprise charges they should flip to M&A shortly to not simply stay aggressive, however to remain alive. “Current excessive road and massive field failures resembling Maplin’s and Toys R Us display clearly that standing nonetheless will not be an choice.”Excessive precedence e-commerce targets Along with meals supply consolidation, Hampleton’s E-Commerce M&A Report recognized that disruptive firms providing Synthetic Intelligence; voice search companies; analytics and measurement; logistic options and freight capacities are all excessive precedence targets for acquirers seeking to enhance their e-commerce efficiency and effectivity.Obtain the complete Hampleton Companions’ E-Commerce Report right here free of charge: https://hampletonpartners.com/hampleton-ecommece-report-2018 ENDS Notice to Editors:Hampleton Companions’ M&A Market Reviews are compiled utilizing information and data from the 451 Analysis database (www.451analysis.com). About Hampleton PartnersHampleton Companions is on the forefront of worldwide mergers and acquisitions advisory for firms with know-how at their core. Hampleton’s skilled deal makers have constructed, purchased and offered over 100 fast-growing tech companies and now present hands-on experience and unrivalled worldwide recommendation to tech entrepreneurs and the businesses who need to speed up development and maximise worth. With workplaces in London, Frankfurt and San Francisco, Hampleton affords a worldwide perspective with sector experience in: Automotive Expertise, IoT, AI, FinTech, Hello-Tech Industrials & Trade 4.0, Cybersecurity, VR/AR, HealthTech, Digital Advertising, Enterprise Software program, SaaS & Cloud, E-commerce. Obtain sector reviews right here: https://hampletonpartners.com/analysis/ Comply with Hampleton on LinkedIn, Twitter and Fb. For extra data go to http://www.hampletonpartners.com/ Media Contact:Jane [email protected] +44 789 666 8155

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