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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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1628815:11 PM ET Reuters amazon web services says general electric has selected aws Sr K2October 5
162880Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS By Spencer SoSr K5October 5
162878Amazon has acquired 3D body model startup, Body Labs, for $50M-$70M techcrunch.cJakeStraw2October 4
162877Amazon Is Adding Even More Office Space in Seattle By Hui-yong Yu October 3, 2Sr K1October 3
162876 Couple conned Amazon out of $1.2M in tech goods — now they have to pay it bacFUBHO1October 3
162875Why Amazon should buy Twitter It’s not a crazy idea. by Kurt Wagner RecGlenn Petersen1September 30
162874Amazon’s First NFL Game Draws 372,000, a Fraction of TV Audience By Eben Novy-WSr K-September 30
162873How Walmart turned its $3.3 billion acquisition of into its greatest weaGlenn Petersen-September 29
162872Looks like only a little upside left for Amazon. [graphic] [graphic] [graphicProThinker-September 28
162871Thursday Night NFL Football on Prime is going well. Excellent audio, for what isSr K-September 28
162870Thx. Makes sense - chasing the biggest and lowest hanging fruit first. CuriousOldbasalt-September 28
162869Introducing the Next Generation of Echo: the All-New Amazon Echo and Echo Plus bJakeStraw-September 27
162868Amazon and BMW announced today that Amazon Alexa will be available in BMW and MIJakeStraw-September 27
162867I found this interesting graph which shows Amazon's fulfillment centers and AshAlloway-September 27
162866Amazon gets its most bullish Wall Street call yet: $1,400 price forecast cnbc.coJakeStraw3September 27
162865WSJ article and this caption on page 1: Amazon Music listeners will now be ableSr K2September 26
162864There has been no hard news on 1492 since CNBC first broke the story of the projGlenn Petersen2September 25
162863Has anyone heard any more updates on Amazon's 1492 healthcare efforts. SeemOldbasalt-September 25
162862 Inside Jeff Bezos’s $5 Billion Bet That Amazon Can Win India By Saritha Rai Glenn Petersen1September 22
162861I don't think people can use aliases on their credit cards. Pressure_CookerFUBHO-September 22
162860Are we now Ok with "profiling" for Muslim names? Or could the person Labrador-September 22
162859yes, if they wrote the software to do such a thing. i doubt these orders are fJohn Carragher1September 22
162858Amazon would have the ability to see all the products == bomb, then associate wiFUBHO-September 22
162857i thought you could buy this stuff almost anywhere. what is so special about amJohn Carragher-September 22
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