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Amazon.com, Inc. (stock symbol: AMZN) completed its initial public offering on May 15, 1997, when it raised gross proceeds of $54 million through the sale of 3,000,000 shares of common stock at $18.00 per share, which gave the company a valuation of approximately $440 million. The shares have since been split three times: 2 for 1 on June 2, 1998; 3 for 1 on January 5, 1999; and 2 for 1 on September 2, 1999. The split-adjusted price of the IPO shares is $1.50.

Since its inception, Amazon has become the world's preeminent and innovative e-commerce retailer. Starting out as an online seller of books, Amazon Marketplace has expanded its product offerings and now accounts for 5% of all retail spending in the United States. According to Slice Intelligence, it captured 43% of all dollars spent online in 2016. It sells private-label goods, merchandise purchased for resale from a wide variety of vendors, as well as merchandise sold on behalf of third-party sellers. Amazon’s e-book reader, the Kindle, dominates the e-reader market. It sells the books of third-party publishers, as well as books acquired and published under the Amazon imprint. Kindle Direct Publishing is an online platform that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store.

Amazon has invested heavily in its logistics and distribution network. It owns a fleet of airplanes and has set the standard for utilizing robotics in its warehouses. It is a pioneer in the development of drones that it plans to use for direct deliveries to its customers.

Amazon Prime is a paid subscription service ($99 per year) that gives Amazon customers access to free two-day shipping, as well as access to unlimited streaming of Amazon’s libraries of movies, television episodes and music; and other services.

It has become the leader in the cloud computing marketplace through its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division. According to the Synergy Research Group, AWS has a 45% share of the public cloud infrastructure market — more than Microsoft, Google, IBM combined

Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that connects to a voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name “Alexa.” The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control smart devices, using itself as a home automation hub. Perhaps most importantly, it can be used to order products from Amazon.

This board has been created for the purpose of discussing Amazon.com’s stock price, financial prospects and actual results, the merits of its business model, the Amazon.com experience and Internet retail websites in general. It is neither a Bulls nor a Bears board and all opinions are welcome.

The board is moderated and my expectation is that everyone will be civil to one another. Pretend that your mother is reading the board and that she knows your virtual handle. No name calling and please avoid engaging in political commentary unless it has a specific bearing on Amazon.com.

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162731Look Out Google and Facebook. Amazon’s Little Ad Business Is Growing Fast The oGlenn Petersen-11 minutes ago
162730Amazon.com has no doubt gained popularity all around the world; although it can louisaricci-Tuesday
162729The Amazon Echo now doubles as a home intercom system techcrunch.comJakeStraw-Tuesday
162728Amazon is planning to rival Google with a service that translates languages AmazGlenn Petersen1Monday
162727Keep an eye on AMZN in healthcare - their next big target. How else do you keepOldbasalt-Monday
162726 Amazon Robots Poised to Revamp How Whole Foods Runs Warehouses The retailer coGlenn Petersen-Monday
162725For the week, AMZN was up 16.03, not 37.13. WMT was down .40, not 3.39.Sr K-last Saturday
162724Personally, I do not see the logic of a WMT bid for WFM, aside from the desire tGlenn Petersen-last Saturday
162723That article (and WMT falling despite it) led Walmart to refute it according to Sr K-last Saturday
162722I think that you're right. While I have never searched for Nike on Amazon, IGlenn Petersen-last Saturday
162721i thought you could always buy nike on amazon. i assume it was small dealers whJohn Carragher-last Saturday
162720Do I Hear $16 Billion? $20 Billion? Analyst Predicts Rival Bids for Whole Foods Glenn Petersen-last Saturday
162719So far, I haven't seen any comment about the impact on Niketown in New York Sr K-last Friday
162718More retail carnage, this time amongst the sporting goods retailers: Amazon’s NGlenn Petersen-last Friday
162717Amazon’s vision for the future: delivery drone beehives in every city Welcome tGlenn Petersen-last Friday
162716Amazon’s Echo Show gets more practical by adding support for smart home camera fJakeStraw-last Thursday
162715larry takes every opportunity to fight with salesforce.com next we will get thJohn Carragher-last Thursday
162714Correction: Ron Shaich joined the Whole Foods Market board, not the Amazon.comSr K-June 21
162713The WSJ.com front page has: Nike has agreed to sell some of its products directSr K1June 21
162712Walmart Stores Inc. is giving some tech companies an ultimatum: If they want WalJakeStraw1June 21
162711Yes Amazon is as I say just pulling out stops............ moving into the exponeJohn P1June 20
162710Amazon has something new to announce every day. Today, it announces Prime WardroGlenn Petersen1June 20
162709 MAG: Time To Break Up AMAZON... NEXT: Dominate Clothing Market... FUBHO-June 20
162708LOL.. Hi Glenn... we saw the same story.. I have a few added bits on the AMZN alJohn P-June 20
162707The ankle biting begins: It’s Time To Break Up Amazon With its mega-acquisitioGlenn Petersen-June 20
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