Investors should factor in the Amazon effect in their stock-picking homework because the company is a "Death Star" that could disrupt any industry it decides to set its gaze on, CNBC's Jim Cramer said on Monday.
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Amazon could potentially throw shipping and delivery companies, such as FedEx and GrubHub, off balance as it builds its own transport business, he said. Cramer said the tech behemoth has already been chipped away at Walgreen's, who is facing difficulties in the front of the store and the pharmacy, and CVS, which is nursing its health care strategy with Aetna.
Amazon has buddied up with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are a project called Haven to reduce health care costs.
"They could theoretically have the same kind of bargaining power as Medicare or the [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs]. Health care seems totally vulnerable," Cramer said.
There are several companies, however, who managed to protect their market share and not capitulate to the rumors that Amazon would come for their industries, Cramer said. Earlier Monday Best Buy promoted Corie Barry, who was responsible for the retailer's home service program to box out Amazon, from CFO to CEO.
Home Depot, Lowe's, and Cisco have all fended off Amazon, he added. He said, "The next time you think about buying a stock, you have to ask yourself a question – add it to your homework checklist. Cramer said.
Disclosure: Cramer's charitable trust owns shares of Amazon.com and Home Depot.
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