6 Retailers That Can Stand Up to Amazon

The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com (symbol AMZN, price $907.62) is gobbling up sales like an insatiable Pacman.

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The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com (symbol AMZN (opens in new tab), price $907.62) is gobbling up sales like an insatiable Pacman. The firm accounted for about one-third of internet-based U.S. retail sales in 2016 and should capture more than 50% by 2021, according to brokerage firm Needham & Co.

To other retailers, Amazon looks more like a wrecking ball. Booksellers succumbed to the online juggernaut first, followed by most electronics stores. Now whole malls are reeling, along with struggling retailers selling everything from clothing to pet supplies. Things are so bad that a “Death by Amazon” index that tracks the stock prices of 54 retailers—including chains such as J.C. Penney (JCP (opens in new tab)), Target (TGT (opens in new tab)) and Walmart (WMT (opens in new tab))—sits near a four-year low, according to research firm Bespoke Investment Group, which compiles the index (opens in new tab).

Yet a handful of big retailers are finding ways to thwart the Amazon onslaught. Some have carved niches by selling goods that people prefer to buy in person. Others provide services or shopping experiences that can’t be replicated online.

Here are six retailers with some Amazon-beating features that should help them thrive in the long run.

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Daren Fonda
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Daren joined Kiplinger in July 2015 after spending more than 20 years in New York City as a business and financial writer. He spent seven years at Time magazine and joined SmartMoney in 2007, where he wrote about investing and contributed car reviews to the magazine. Daren also worked as a writer in the fund industry for Janus Capital and Fidelity Investments and has been licensed as a Series 7 securities representative.