The SEC updated their Failure to Deliver (FTD) data today, covering the period starting March 1 through March 12.

Go figure, GameStop had FTDs every single day!

This is not a new trend, and highly unusual for any stock. Since we’re all about open source information, I’ve pulled together a file of all the fails since last July. I’ll refrain from speculating on what this means here.

Click here or on the download icon under the table to investigate the data on your own.

Source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Jim Cramer, Host of CNBC’s Mad Money, still can’t stop ranting and raving about GameStop. It would be absolutely mad to try and cover all of his tweets about the company and Ryan Cohen, some of which are incoherent, so we are just highlighting the most notable.

Gamestop putting together a dream team.. Really impressive.. They must have a plan that is not what we see now

This tweet was penned in a reaction to GameStop appointing a new Chief Growth Officer from Amazon, and two more VPs from Ryan Cohen’s Chewy.

While we are uncertain how deep Cramer has looked into GameStop, he is undoubtedly fascinated by the transformation effort frenzy and holds a powerful influence in the financial world. Cramer is finally seeing what we’ve seen for months.

GMEdd.com has extended an invite to Cramer to discuss GameStop amongst like-minded traders, but Cramer has not yet responded.

Source: Jim Cramer on Twitter

In a slew of seemingly daily website updates, GameStop has begun the transition of their famous trade-in program to online.

Seen promoted on the GameStop.com homepage, customers can now purchase new games online and exchange the previous-gen version for a credit towards the next-generation copy on select games.

Unfortunately, it looks like customers currently have to trade-in their games to a local GameStop retail store, which just about defeats the purpose unless the game you are purchasing is out of stock at the physical store. 

Customers are also only able to trade-in towards the newer version of the same game they already owned in the previous generation, which is not all-encompassing like the brick-and-mortar experience, where customers can trade in their games towards anything they desire.

This is just the beginning of the digital-facing trade-in program, and we anticipate a future where customers will be provided shipping labels courtesy of GameStop, and rewarded credit towards the entire site. 

Check it out at GameStop.com now.

Source: GameStop.com

In a repetition of news that seems to be almost every week, the transformation team has hired more former Amazon and Chewy executives.

Elliott Wilke has been appointed to the role of Chief Growth Officer. 

Mr. Wilke brings nearly two decades of branding, consumer goods and e-commerce experience to GameStop. He joins from Amazon, where he spent the past seven years holding a variety of senior roles across segments such as Amazon Fresh, Prime Pantry and Worldwide Private Brands. He began his career at Proctor & Gamble and spent more than a decade in brand manager and marketing roles of increasing responsibility. At GameStop, Mr. Wilke will oversee growth strategies and marketing, with a focus on increasing customer loyalty and growing the reach of Power Up Rewards and Game Informer. He will also work with other leaders on initiatives that include expanding the Company’s use of customer insights and metrics to optimize channel marketing.    

Additionally, the Company made two other executive hires:

  • Andrea Wolfe, Vice President of Brand Development – Ms. Wolfe, who previously served as Chewy’s Vice President of Marketing, started March 29, 2021. She has held executive and director-level marketing roles at companies such as Outdoorsy, Spreetrail and Whole Foods. In her new role, Ms. Wolfe will help drive branding, content, social media strategy and other digital initiatives.
  • Tom Petersen, Vice President of Merchandising – Mr. Petersen, who previously served as Chewy’s Vice President of Merchandising, started March 29, 2021. He has also held senior marketing and merchandising roles at specialty retailers such as Artenza and Corro. In his new role, Mr. Petersen will help drive vendor relations, product management and related merchandising initiatives.

Yesterday, we said that it was possible Ryan Cohen would give these analysts something to chirp about in their discussion today, and it appears he followed through. We’re glad to see GameStop attracting talent that is leagues better than the legacy management.

Source: GameStop Newsroom

Revealed via Bloomberg terminal, Third Bridge Forum will be hosting the interview ‘GameStop — E-Commerce Transformation & Structural Business Overview’ tomorrow, March 30th, at 3PM ET.

The agenda reveals the discussion will focus around:

  • Key competitive dynamics in the video game retail industry — GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target
  • Revenue analysis of GameStop’s existing business segments — new, pre-owned and accessories
  • Digital transformation efforts — online sales and penetration growth methods
  • Foot traffic recovery trends post-pandemic
  • Near-term risks highlighting public image and longer-term outlook.

This event will serve as a discussion for analysts to share their thoughts on GameStop’s existing and developing retail experience alongside the greater video game retail industry. The spread of fear, uncertainty and doubt from some is inevitable. It is unknown whether or not an official from GameStop will be present, but it would be unprecedented.

When Gamestop announced their strategic multi-year partnership with Microsoft on October 8th 2020, the relevant Third Bridge Forum interview was not until October 21st, 2 weeks later. Knowing this, we can assume they will be discussing information that we already know, likely analyzing the most recent 10-K filing. 

Constructive chatter amongst Wall Street about the future of GameStop is always welcome, and we look forward to hearing what viewpoints are shared.

Maybe Ryan Cohen will drop some news pre-market so they have something to chirp about. 

Source: Third Bridge


April 7th 2021 Editorial Update: GMEdd has obtained a copy of the Third Bridge Interview transcript, and it is now available here.

Only two days after the largely disappointing Q4 and fiscal year 2020 earnings release, Ryan Cohen has tweeted once again.

This time, it’s another .gif from a comedy, Ted.

What does this tweet mean? Here’s some leading theories, mostly revolving around GameStop bears reactions to the stock gaining over 45% intraday.

  1. We’re getting higher

    • The gif is a bear getting higher. So this would make sense, but, a one-dimensional theory. We must dig deeper.
  2. Bears are fucked, getting choked

    • The most basic of all explanations. We’re getting high and bears are getting fucked. They can’t take the smoke and are getting choked.
    • Bears thought they’d get a smooth hit, can’t even keep it down (for more than a day after earnings).
    •  Now, the bears are coughing up a ton of wasted put premium.
  3. he’s referencing “Gorilla panic” quotes from ted

  1. we could expect news on 4/20

We’ll be sure to update this post as we dig deeper and discover new potential, speculative, meanings. Thanks Ryan for never letting us rest.

Source: Ryan Cohen on Twitter

Hidden within Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations on GameStop’s latest 10-K report investors receive a brief overview of the steps the company plans to take to reboot in 2021.

While this isn’t an adequate enough roadmap to detail a true transformation, it does acknowledge many of the suggestions investors have made.

GameStop states that it plans on investing in technology capabilities, including by in-sourcing talent and revamping systems. GameStop has also noted that it plans to expand product offerings to better accommodate PC gaming.

The emphasis on customer experience is reminiscent of Chewy, which has, since creation, been acclaimed for stellar support. Ryan Cohen recently personally reached out to a dissatisfied customer, so it is likely this is a top priority of the new management team.

While you can expect GMEdd.com to continue to pick apart the 89-page release in the following days, we recommend our readers glance over it themselves as it provides a look into the company’s financials, initiatives, and leaders.

Source: GameStop Form 10-K


March 25th Editorial Update: Today, GameStop has responded to a tweet asking them, and Ryan Cohen, if they would be expanding greater into the board game market. GameStop responded “We agree! We love games of all kinds and we are excited to expand our selection in the near future.”Source: GameStop on Twitter

While GameStop’s shares fell 33.79% today due to a disappointing but expected Q4 earnings release, the market largely ignored the greatest news of all: RC Ventures is on pace to control GameStop’s board.

In Item 9B. Other Information, the filing reveals that, as of yesterday, the Board has not determined the definitive slate of nominees but currently expects that the following incumbent directors will retire from the Board at the 2021 Annual Meeting: Lizabeth Dunn, Paul Evans, Raul J. Fernandez, Reginald Fils-Aimé, William Simon, James K. Symancyk, Carrie W. Teffner and Kathy P. Vrabeck.

The contemplated retirements are not because of a disagreement with us on any matter relating to our operations, policies or practices.

This indicates that the only remaining board members will be: George E. Sherman, Alan Attal, Ryan Cohen, Jim Grube, and Kurtis J. Wolf.

Alan Attal, Ryan Cohen, and Jim Grube, all of which are former Chewy execs, were the board members put forth in the agreement with RC Ventures.

Kurtis J. Wolf was placed on the board in June 2020 following his Restore Gamestop activism. In May 2020, Hestia Capital Partners LP, Permit Capital Enterprise Fund, L.P, his investment group, issued a detailed 80-page presentation titled “More Change Is Needed,” advocating for stockholder representation and a non-retail centric turnaround.

Kurtis J. Wolf was also recently placed on the Strategic Planning and Capital Allocation Committee, alongside Ryan Cohen and Alan Attal.

It’s safe to assume that Kurtis J. Wolf will be siding with RC on any votes within the board.

With Kathy P. Vrabeck retiring, the Executive Chairman role will be freed up as well. Gotta wonder who will fill that role.

So that leaves the legacy board with only George E. Sherman. Diana Saadeh-Jajeh is currently the interim CFO, but does not hold a seat on the board. It is likely we will see Diana Saadeh-Jajeh retire once a permanent Chief Financial Officer is found as well. You don’t have to look far for who we expect it to be. Diana Saadeh-Jajeh’s retirement will also free up the Chief Accounting Officer position.

With George Sherman remaining as the only legacy board member, the Chief Executive Officer will be outnumbered four to one.

Unless GameStop nominates replacement board members ahead of the 2021 Annual Meeting, we will see the thirteen-member board fall to just five, with RC at the helm

Source: GameStop Form 10-K

In this clip from What’d You Miss? on Bloomberg TV, GMEdd.com co-proprietor Rod Alzmann speaks with Bloomberg’s Caroline Hyde and Joe Weisenthal about how GameStop is trying to look past lackluster Q4 results that sent the shares sliding today. Rod also discusses how the company has appointed a trio of new executives with tech experience to its ranks.

Source: Bloomberg 

GameStop Corp. today announced that it has appointed Jenna Owens to the role of Chief Operating Officer. The company has also appointed Neda Pacifico to the role of Senior Vice President of E-Commerce, and Ken Suzuki to the role of Vice President of Supply Chain Systems.

Ms. Owens brings approximately two decades of technology, operations, fulfillment, and supply chain experience to GameStop. Most recently, she was Director and General Manager for Distribution and Multi-Channel Fulfillment at Amazon. Ms. Owens has a start date of March 29, 2021.

Neda Pacifico, Senior Vice President of E-Commerce – Ms. Pacifico, who previously served as Chewy’s Vice President of E-Commerce, has a start date of March 29, 2021. She spent nearly four-and-a-half years at Amazon in a variety of customer insights and marketing roles prior to joining Chewy. In her new role, Ms. Pacifico will lead initiatives in areas that include analytics, UI/UX and product design.  

Ken Suzuki, Vice President of Supply Chain Systems – Mr. Suzuki, who previously served as Zulily’s Vice President of Supply Chain Technology, has a start date of March 29, 2021. He has more than two decades of experience in the e-commerce, informational technology and software engineering areas. In his new role, Mr. Suzuki will be responsible for all systems and software related to GameStop’s supply chain, including order management systems (OMS) and warehouse management systems (WMS).

Source: GameStop News Release