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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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162803Amazon Turns to Debt Markets to Fund Whole Foods Acquisition bloomberg.comJakeStraw-Tuesday
162802Amazon debuts ‘Instant Pickup Points’ in the U.S. for pickups in minutes techcruJakeStraw-Tuesday
162801how much of its business is walk in "i need it now". vs refills. iJohn Carragher-Tuesday
162800Can Amazon do to the pharmacy business what it’s done to … well, everything elseRon2Monday
162799It looks like Amazon used a small acquisition to catch up with Microsoft Azure oJakeStraw-Monday
162798Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman signs deal to develop TV for Amazon techcrunJakeStraw-last Friday
162797Amazon could start selling event tickets in the US techcrunch.comJakeStraw-last Friday
162796Amazon is telling third-party booksellers they must speed up delivery times by uGlenn Petersen-August 7
162795Amazon wants to build a network of mobile drone maintenance and delivery platforGlenn Petersen-August 6
162794i bought a PGA golf shirt sold by clearance now? on amazon. return limited to 30John Carragher-August 2
162793Amazon's new refunds policy will 'crush' small businesses, outraged JakeStraw-August 2
162792Full article: How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion SGlenn Petersen2August 1
162791Article dated today, from the next Bloomberg Businessweek: August 1, 2017 How Sr K-August 1
162790The Ottawa government should shift some of those subsidies. An efficient use of Glenn Petersen-August 1
162789Iqaluit’s population turns to Amazon to save money, government program ‘not workTimF1August 1
162788I like AMZN at 700 -- maybe in October, when the entire market is likely to reseig-July 31
162787As Amazon’s Influence Grows, Marketers Scramble to Tailor Strategies By SAPNAGlenn Petersen-July 31
162786I've upped my position a little more this morning on today's drop.Paul Senior1July 31
162785Even though Amazon has been investing heavily in many different areas, I certainAshAlloway-July 27
162784Amazon shares fall after big earnings miss cnbc.comJakeStraw2July 27
162783Amazon reports after the close. A preview: Here's what to expect from AmazoGlenn Petersen1July 27
162782Business Wire NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Film Society of Lincoln Center anSr K-July 27
162781Amazon enters Singapore. on, print edition July 27: Amazon Enters SingSr K2July 26
162780Amazon has a secret health care team Man, if there's one person to put on thig2July 26
162779Amazon has a secret health care team called 1492 focused on medical records, virGlenn Petersen1July 26
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