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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)
An SI Board Since May 1997
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Emcee:  Glenn Petersen Type:  Moderated
Amazon.com, 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 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.

SEC filings: sec.gov

Amazon’s Investor Relations page: phx.corporate-ir.net








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164315Twitch Targets Online Harassment in New Lawsuit Against Two Users Streaming plaSr K-September 11
164314The Way Amazon Uses Tech to Squeeze Performance Out of Workers Deserves Its Own Sr K-September 11
164313Amazon Dangles Free Bachelor’s Degrees as New Perk in Fight for U.S. Workers E-Sr K1September 9
164312Of course they will be. Late night comedians are already making jokes about themJ.F. Sebastian-September 9
164311Amazon to Launch Television Lineup in Push to Cement Itself in Living Rooms TecSr K1September 9
164310Then you'll think the new TVs are intrusive. Maybe there's a workaroundSr K-September 9
164309It's very intrusive if you know anything about data collection, AI, facial rJ.F. Sebastian-September 8
164308It's not intrusive, if you want the 5% discount. You pay for paying with a nSr K-September 8
164307No more sampling the stray grape.Hehe, what if that grape had fallen on the flooJ.F. Sebastian-September 8
164306It is incredibly intrusive...and expensive, although it must drastically decreasGlenn Petersen-September 8
164305I've always found that tech very creepy and I'll be sure to stay out of J.F. Sebastian-September 8
164304Amazon brings its cashierless tech to two Whole Foods stores PUBLISHED WED, SEPGlenn Petersen1September 8
164303How Amazon’s cloud business generates billions in profit PUBLISHED SUN, SEP 5 Glenn Petersen1September 5
164302Message 33473402kidl1September 4
164301Big hire means things are going well. Looking forward to the next quarter!BigMacAttack-September 1
164300Amazon CEO unveils 55,000 tech jobs in his first hiring push PUBLISHED WED, SEPGlenn Petersen3September 1
164299Amazing how a third party selling site became one of the most valuable companiesBigMacAttack-August 31
164298Microsoft Hires Former Top Amazon Cloud Executive, Adding to Rivalry Charlie BeSr K-August 25
164297Walmart expands last-mile delivery service to outside businesses, opening new baGlenn Petersen-August 25
164296I do most of my non-food shopping on Amazon. I have always suspected that the WGlenn Petersen1August 19
164295i was looking for a golf umbrella but didn't find what i wanted on amazon whJohn Carragher-August 18
164294In the "Huh, I wonder how that happened...?" category, this showed up J.F. Sebastian3August 17
164293People Now Spend More at Amazon Than at Walmart Proof that the online future haGlenn Petersen2August 17
164292 Amazon’s Move Into Podcasts Was a Big Advertising Play All Along With revenue Julius Wong3August 17
164291Amazon Says on Pace to Buy Over $120B of Supplies and Services From Businesses iquantinvestor1August 13
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