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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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163053Alphabet gets into audiobooks, to rival Amazon.Sr K18 hours ago
163052Google is trying hard to undermine Amazon Fire TV in the same monopolistic way tzax-11 AM
163051The chart in the header shows a gap opening, to an ATH of 1351.99 latest 1346.9Sr K-10 AM
163050AWS is advertising on NFL on CBS, with the theme "BuildOn". MicrosofSr K-Sunday
163049Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, will finally open on Monday — withGlenn Petersen-Sunday
163048Barron's Amazon’s Ad Business Has Arrived, Says Wells Fargo By Tiernan RaySr K1last Friday
163047[tweet]Glenn Petersen-last Friday
163046Amazon is raising its monthly Prime membership rate cnbc.comJakeStraw-last Friday
163045SEEK Limited Launches Voice Job Search through Amazon Alexa markets.siliconinvesJakeStraw-last Friday
163044 Your Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs lifehackeFUBHO-last Friday Twitch partners with Disney Digital Network on content, adds Sr K1last Thursday
163042 I would wager Austin, Nashville or Dallas out of these 20. [graphic]An Amazon FUBHO-last Thursday
163041Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQ techcrunch.comJakeStraw-last Thursday
1630401492 is still flying under the radar.Glenn Petersen-last Wednesday
163039Anyone have a bead on 1492's healthcare efforts. Haven't seen much sincOldbasalt-last Wednesday had its price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets to $1,JakeStraw2last Tuesday
163037People look at brick and mortar as the competition to Amazon. The real competitielmatador-January 15
163036RE:Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, made public their $33 million donation toFUBHO1January 13
163035Mr. Amazon Steps Out Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person and can affordvirGlenn Petersen1January 12 had its price target raised by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $1,31JakeStraw-January 12
163033For select 2018 models only, at first, and you need Entune 3.0 or Enform 2.0. Sr K-January 11
163032Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year techcrunch.comJakeStraw1January 10
163031Amazon is still obliterating its biggest competition — and it's not even cloGlenn Petersen1January 10
163030There's a design and a New Echo now $99.99 in Charcoal and 4 other fabrics Sr K-January 9
163029Inside the Lab Where Amazon's Alexa Takes Over The World Author: David PierGlenn Petersen-January 9
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