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Amazon.com, Inc. (stock symbol: AMZN) completed its initial public offering on 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 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, 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.

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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162717Amazon’s vision for the future: delivery drone beehives in every city Welcome tGlenn Petersen-19 minutes ago
162716Amazon’s Echo Show gets more practical by adding support for smart home camera fJakeStraw-yesterday
162715larry takes every opportunity to fight with salesforce.com next we will get thJohn Carragher-yesterday
162714Correction: Ron Shaich joined the Whole Foods Market board, not the Amazon.comSr K-Wednesday
162713The WSJ.com front page has: Nike has agreed to sell some of its products directSr K-Wednesday
162712Walmart Stores Inc. is giving some tech companies an ultimatum: If they want WalJakeStraw1Wednesday
162711Yes Amazon is as I say just pulling out stops............ moving into the exponeJohn P1Tuesday
162710Amazon has something new to announce every day. Today, it announces Prime WardroGlenn Petersen1Tuesday
162709 MAG: Time To Break Up AMAZON... NEXT: Dominate Clothing Market... FUBHO-Tuesday
162708LOL.. Hi Glenn... we saw the same story.. I have a few added bits on the AMZN alJohn P-Tuesday
162707The ankle biting begins: It’s Time To Break Up Amazon With its mega-acquisitioGlenn Petersen-Tuesday
162706Alexa Now Plays SiriusXM markets.siliconinvestor.comJakeStraw2Tuesday
162705 A long profile of John Mackey, the founder and CEO of Whole Foods (who will coGlenn Petersen2Monday
162704Dow Jones News Service 18:12 PM Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Unites Maverick CEOSr K1Sunday
162703 In Whole Foods, Bezos Gets a Sustainably Sourced Guinea Pig By purchasing the Glenn Petersen-Sunday
162702Part of that spending is upgrading the "ratings" and X-Ray informationSr K1last Saturday
162701 Amazon is now the world's largest corporate spender on research and developRon-last Saturday
162700Amazon-Whole Foods threat wipes out nearly $40 billion in market value from otheGlenn Petersen-last Friday
162699Amazon.com Inc. in May added a board member with "food delivery" experSr K-last Friday
162698Clash of the titans, battle royale!!JakeStraw-last Friday
162697Amazon wants to become Walmart before Walmart can become Amazon by Sarah PereGlenn Petersen-last Friday
162696[tweet]Glenn Petersen-last Friday
162695Amazon did not just buy Whole Foods grocery stores. It bought 431 upper-income, JakeStraw3last Friday
162694I suspect that Amazon will put a small "Amazon" store in each Whole FoJakeStraw-last Friday
162693I don't think so. The grocery business is very fragmented and Whole Foods haGlenn Petersen1last Friday
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