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While you’re visiting grandma in Jupiter, Florida, NASA’s new spacecraft will visit eight asteroids around Jupiter’s atmosphere — 4X more than any in history.
Stocks dropped again to close out September, notching their worst monthly performance since March 2020. Investors have been stressing over inflation, global supply-chain crunches, and rising Delta cases. On the plus side: Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown (for now).
Three Dollar Store… just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Discount legend Dollar Tree announced plans to start selling more items for $1.25, and even $3.50 (gasp). Driving the price jumps: a triple whammy of inflation, a global supply crunch, and the ongoing labor shortage. Despite the sudden shift from its signature price point, Dollar Tree shares jumped 16% yesterday after its announcement.
The namesake barrier... has been broken before. Since 2019, Dollar Tree has experimented with $3 and even $5 items in a section labeled “Dollar Tree Plus” (not a streaming service). Last year rival Dollar General launched Popshelf, a store aimed at higher-end shoppers like suburban moms who still love a good deal (prices up to $5). For Dollar Tree, price bumps have been hugely successful so far. And investors smell profit...
The price is right — if the time is right… Some companies can justify price hikes thanks to coveted brands or cutting-edge tech. Since DT doesn’t have either of those, timing is key. Right now, consumers appear to be less sensitive to price hikes: Consumer prices jumped 5.3% year over year in August and have risen at record rates for five straight months. And despite a 5X increase in freight costs, Dollar Tree’s profits have grown since 2019. Once costs and inflation levels stabilize, Dollar Tree may be in a position to get even more bang for its buck.
The Tourist Strikes Back… So does Mickey. After a desolate pandemic stretch, Disney is opening an immersive “Star Wars”-themed hotel to win back customers’ hearts. It'll open in March at the Disney World Resort in Orlando. Fans of the intergalactic franchise can opt into a two-night choose-your-own-adventure stay aboard the Halcyon Starcruiser (featuring lightsaber training and model ship building). The package includes tickets to the Hollywood Studios park and three meals a day (#lightsavor).
Experiences are back-ish... Disney’s "Parks, Experiences, and Products" division, which includes resorts and cruises, lost a record $2B during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Disney+ saw impressive growth. Last quarter, Disney’s Experiences biz turned a profit for the first time in over a year. But not all experiences are created equal...
Safe thrills > cheap thrills… To attract customers after the height of the pandemic, companies need to offer supercharged experiences — with safety precautions. Airbnb has expanded to unique stays like yurts, houseboats, and caves to lure adventure-hungry remote workers. Disney’s new Wish cruise line will feature Broadway-style musicals and an infinity pool, and Celebrity Cruises debuted a 3D laser show for dinner guests. But all have implemented Covid safety measures, like contactless check-in, proof of vaccination, or facial-recognition tech to make their thrills safe.
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Authors of this Snacks own shares of: Disney