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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.

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

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163918Amazon will pay $0 in federal taxes this year — here's how the $793 billion SirWalterRalegh2Tuesday
163917Amazon will pay $0 in federal taxes this year — here's how the $793 billion Julius Wong-Tuesday
1639169:00 AM 11/19 Western Union Selects AWS as Preferred Long-Term Strategic CloudSr K-Tuesday
16391411/18/2019 2:18 PM ET 11/18/2019 FTC Says Multiple Tech Antitrust Probes Are USr K1Monday
163913The everything town in the middle of nowhere How the tiny town of Roundup, MontJulius Wong1Monday
163912Esper adds comment on Reuters. "I am confident it was conducted freely andSr K-last Saturday
163911I can't wait as I use it al the time.SI Ron (Soup Nazi)-last Friday
163910Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life The creator of the famouGlenn Petersen-last Friday
1639096:10 PM ET <b>Amazon to Protest Pentagon Contract Award to Microsoft <Sr K1November 14
163908DIS was +10.14 to an ATH, up 7.32% to $148.72.Sr K-November 13
163906Because it was so popular the system was overloaded. As the saying goes, good pJ.F. Sebastian-November 13
163905Reuters 9:14 AM 11/12/2019 Disney+ faces glitches on launch daySr K-November 12
163904Amazon will launch new grocery store as alternative to Whole Foods The company Glenn Petersen2November 11
163903Iger announced on CNBC 11/7/2019 Disney CEO Bob Iger Says On Distribution DealSr K-November 7
163902In Canada, Prime costs around 89 dollars I think, I have Prime, but we don'tSI Ron (Soup Nazi)-November 1
16390131 useful Amazon Prime benefits to know that go beyond free 2-day shipping busiJulius Wong-November 1
163900Director Judith A. McGrath sold 304 shares. What's that? To pay for fire dSr K2October 30
163899Analyst Ratings & Price Targets on Amazon tipranks.comJulius Wong-October 28
163898The government should award contracts to all the main players to promote competiclochard-October 27
163897The playing field may not have been level: Trump allegedly told former Defense Glenn Petersen-October 27
163896Amazon Web Services is 'evaluating options' after Microsoft wins $10 bilJulius Wong-October 27
163895Somewhat related to Amazon: The FTC Fosters Fake Reviews, Its Own CommissionersJ.F. Sebastian-October 27
163894Amazon ad on Twitter. [tweet]ig1October 26
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