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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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164286Amazon is hiring a digital currency and blockchain expert, signaling a growing iGlenn Petersen-yesterday
164285Amazon Ends Use of Arbitration for Customer Disputes New York Times July 22, 20Glenn Petersen1Thursday
164284AOC Says Amazon Abuses Market Power, Ignores Fact That Customers Shop at Amazon TimF1Thursday
164283Amazon’s latest voice interoperability move undermines Google With a new toolkiGlenn Petersen1Wednesday
164282Alexa is huge. Amazon’s still trying to find all the things it’s good for. AmazGlenn Petersen1July 16
164281This might be why AMZN went against the market today, up round $53 before closinSr K2July 8
164280Here's the WSJ excerpt: Pentagon Scraps JEDI in Win for Amazon at MicrosoftSr K2July 6
164279Pentagon Scraps $10B deal with Microsoft. On Bloomberg.Sr K-July 6
164278They Resurrected MGM. Amazon Bought the Studio. Now What? New York Times July 6Glenn Petersen-July 6
164277The Jeff Bezos Paradox By Brad Stone Opinion - New York Times July 3, 2021 Mr.Glenn Petersen-July 4
164276Bezos’ Exit Is One of Many Among Amazon’s Top Ranks Karen Weise New York Times Glenn Petersen-July 2
164275Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Is Handing Andy Jassy a Unique Set of Challenges The companGlenn Petersen2July 2
164274Amazon Primed Andy Jassy to Be CEO. Can He Keep What Jeff Bezos Built? Andy JasGlenn Petersen2July 2
164273James Bond and grocery stores David Pierce Protocol July 1, 2021 Buying MGM waGlenn Petersen-July 1
164272Amazon Seeks Recusal of FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan in Antitrust Investigations of Sr K-June 30
164271I do not have a problem with Amazon's strategy. Smart business on their partGlenn Petersen-June 29
164270I think Amazon created the value, and deserved to be rewarded with the warrants.Sr K-June 29
164269Amazon Demands One More Thing From Some Vendors: a Piece of Their Company CertaGlenn Petersen-June 29
164268I don't expect much change to come from the government pursuit of the big teJ.F. Sebastian-June 28
164267Amazon's track record against the organizers is perfect. Setting the minimumGlenn Petersen-June 28
164266interesting, they with the government are going after amazon. What a slap in theJohn Carragher-June 24
164265Teamsters union steps up efforts to organize Amazon workers Reuters June 24, 20Glenn Petersen-June 24
164264I finally get the full version Amazon and Other Tech Giants Race to Buy Up RenSr K1June 23
164263Amazon and Other Tech Giants Race to Buy Up Renewable Energy As technology compSr K-June 23
164262Amazon’s Planned Purchase of MGM Faces FTC Scrutiny Commission secures antitrusGlenn Petersen-June 23
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