Can Amazon Become The Next ADT?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 19, 2013

The world's largest online retailer wants to sell you security. Amazon, who sold over $60 billion direct to end users last year, wants to add security, surveillance, and home automation to your orders for books, movies, and breakfast cereal. Will customers change the security market by cutting out the multinational alarm companies like ADT, Vivint, and Protection1, and choose Amazon? We look at those dynamics in this note.

The Amazon Threat

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