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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.

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









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163189Amazon eyes a move into home shopping TV with possible Evine acquisition IngridGlenn Petersen-5 hours ago
163188Amazon reports on Thursday. A preview: Amazon earnings: 100 million members couGlenn Petersen17 hours ago
163187You can now give Amazon the keys to your car techcrunch.comJakeStraw-7 AM
163186 Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots By Mark Gurman and Brad StonGlenn Petersen-yesterday
163185Amazon is so innovative compared to other companies. However, Trump is a protectHumbleGuy1yesterday
163184Amazon’s Other Jeff Steps Into the Spotlight Retail chief JeffGlenn Petersen-last Thursday
163183Question about earnings: Why is EPS for this qtr only $1.25 (much less than lasOrionX-last Thursday
163182Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responJakeStraw1last Thursday
163181Amazon has ‘iron grip’ on e-commerce — analysts react to its 100 million Prime mJakeStraw1last Thursday
163180Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon has 100 million Prime members in letter to shareholderGlenn Petersen2last Wednesday
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163178Here's most of the news release: Amazon and Best Buy Announce Exclusive MulSr K-last Wednesday
163177Amazon and Best Buy Announce Exclusive Multi-Year Partnership to Offer New Fire JakeStraw1last Wednesday
163176It's pretty clear that was done in error. Sorry it upset you.FUBHO-last Tuesday
163175Check the thread you're posting in. Neither that article or the one before iJ.F. Sebastian-last Tuesday
163174Amazon launches a “lite” Android web browser app in India techcrunch.comJakeStraw1last Tuesday
163173Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind Legally blind since age 18, my father missedTimF1last Tuesday
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163169 Oracle Is Leading Anti-Amazon Lobby on Pentagon Cloud Bid By Naomi Nix, Ben BrGlenn Petersen-April 14
163168Amazon's Cash Cow Could Triple in 5 Years Cloud computing is a big contributJakeStraw1April 13
163167Amazon and Ring Close Acquisition—Now Working Together to Empower Neighbors withJakeStraw-April 12
163166When Will Alexa Know Everything? A conversation with the chief of Amazon’s voicGlenn Petersen1April 10
163165AMZN is up 20.16% year to date making it the best performer in the NASDAQ 100. Ozzpat-April 8
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