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Emcee:  Glenn Petersen Type:  Moderated, Inc. (stock symbol: AMZN) completed its initial public offering in 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 also 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 and 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.

Amazon recently made an offer to acquire Whole Foods, an event that may totally disrupt the grocery business.

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163274Welcome to Blaine, the town Amazon Prime built Canada’s front porch By AGlenn Petersen-Thursday
163273Why Amazon is the winner of the Supreme Court sales tax ruling •The Supreme CourJakeStraw-Thursday
163272 Supreme Court rules states can require online retailers to collect sales tax Glenn Petersen-Thursday
163271The Amazon Fire TV Cube is so good I want one for every TV in my house cnbc.comJakeStraw-Thursday
163270[19 June 2018] Amazon.Com Inc (AMZN) Approaches New Downside Target of $1693.52 Lynn-Thursday
163269Amazon Prime Wardrobe officially launches to all U.S. Prime members techcrunch.cJakeStraw-Wednesday
163268Unisys Launches CloudForte™, an Agile and Innovative Managed Services Offering DSr K-Wednesday
163267Reminds me of Mary Meeker. Anyone remember her?HG-Wednesday
163266ATH 1731.83 edit 1732.00 1734.84 1735.05 1735.45Sr K-Tuesday
163265Introducing Hub by Amazon—Amazon’s Latest Offering to Make Apartment Deliveries JakeStraw-Tuesday said it has partnered with Marriott to help increase guest access to JakeStraw1Tuesday
163263ATH at 1726.74 (approximately)Sr K-Monday
163262Amazing the thread is still alive....visiting after 15 years or so. Still faithfHG2last Saturday
163261Amazon starts shipping its $249 DeepLens AI camera for developers techcrunch.comJakeStraw-June 14
163260Amazon stock gains after D.A. Davidson hikes target to $2,100 on private-label oJakeStraw2June 14
163259ATH 1715.00 then 1717.51 edit 1717.55Sr K-June 14
163258 Amazon’s Clever Machines Are Moving From the Warehouse to Headquarters In a maGlenn Petersen1June 13
163257AMZN is less than a point from its ATH on June 6.Sr K-June 13
163256OT One of the council members listed in the article, Kshama Sawant, is an actuaJ.F. Sebastian1June 12
163255Seattle poised to repeal new tax opposed by Amazon PHUONG LE Associated Press Sr K1June 11
163254Amazon's new Fire TV Cube lets you ask Alexa to change the channel cnbc.comJakeStraw1June 7
16325333 minutes ago on Exclusive: Amazon to expand Silicon ValleySr K-June 4
163252All-time highs AMZN $1653.855 edit 1654.14 1654.37 1654.68 also AAPL $193.22 eSr K1June 4
163251A fifth of professional Amazon merchants sell more than $1 million a year — doubGlenn Petersen-May 27 Amazon Announces First Fulfillment Center in Oklahoma, CreatiSr K-May 26
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