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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 do-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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162988The announcement comes just a few months after Amazon closed its giant acquisitiGlenn Petersen-yesterday
162987Amazon expands same-day delivery and one-day shipping to thousands more cities Glenn Petersen-yesterday
162986OT New Shepard flew again for the seventh time on Dec. 12, 2017, from Blue OrigSr K1yesterday
162985Cord-cutter shakeup: Amazon Prime Video now on Apple TV as YouTube and Amazon spGlenn Petersen2December 6
162984Wal-Mart to drop "Stores" and hyphen: on WSJ: Wal-Mart Stores will sSr K-December 6
162983cramer just mentioned amazon going into dental supplier business. dentists wilJohn Carragher-December 6 Amazon launches subscription-based Prime service in SingaporeSr K-December 6
162981Ad Holding Companies to Rapidly Increase Spending With Amazon In search of a chGlenn Petersen1December 5
162980Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready for AI Author: Tom Simonite Wired DecGlenn Petersen-December 3
162979Amazon may have patented the next big thing in online shopping Written by HelenGlenn Petersen3December 2
162978Wells Fargo reiterated its overweight rating and increased its price target on AGlenn Petersen2December 2
162977WSJ: Alphabet will fold Nest back into Google to take on AmazonSr K-November 30
162976Amazon commits another $100 million to Alexa Fund for international expansion KGlenn Petersen1November 30
162975Amazon AWS is holding its annual re:Ivent conference this week. A few of their aGlenn Petersen-November 29 The Walt Disney Company Selects AWS as its Preferred Public CSr K1November 29 National Football League Selects AWS as Official Cloud and MaSr K-November 29
162972 A look at some of the plans submitted by 238 municipalities in Amazon's HQFUBHO2November 28 Amazon sold ‘millions’ of Alexa devices over the holiday shoppinThe Ox-November 28
162970AMZN is up about 13.00 pre-market, after going as high as ~1203 1199.00 bid finSr K-November 27
162969"Wednesday brought the start of what’s likely to be a flood of similar annozzpat1November 26
1629686:37 AM ET Says Its Web Services Unit Becomes Strategic Cloud ServivSr K-November 24
162967AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features IngriSr K-November 23
162966Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon Locus Robotics is raGlenn Petersen-November 22
162965AMZN continues to ATHs. 1156.85 1158.00Sr K-November 22
162964Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday: sources Sr K1November 22
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