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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 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’s stock price, financial prospects and actual results, the merits of its business model, the experience and Internet retail websites in general. It is neither a Bulls nor a Bears board and all opinions are welcome.

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163522Amazon is reportedly looking to expand its cashier-less Go stores to airports thJakeStraw-last Friday By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - Inc (AMZN.O) is looSr K-last Friday
163520Amazon Prime Video streaming service coming to Comcast X1 set-top boxes nationwiGlenn Petersen-last Wednesday
163519An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over braGlenn Petersen1December 2
163518In a company blog posting Friday, the e-commerce giant said Apple Music will be Sr K1November 30
163517Amazon debuts new self-driving racing league with tiny machine learning-powered Glenn Petersen2November 28
163516Following up Amazon Starts Selling Software to Mine Patient Health RecSr K1November 27
163515Expected to announce Tuesday - 11/27/2018 Amazon to Start Selling Software to Sr K-November 27
163514Amazon Courts Space Industry The world's No. 1 cloud computing company saidSr K1November 27
163513Amazon's cloud unit launches Arm-based server chips Amazon Web Services is lFUBHO2November 27
163512Amazon says it’s making freely available the same machine learning courses that Glenn Petersen1November 26
163511Amazon launches a cloud-based robotics testing platform Brian Heater@bheater TeGlenn Petersen1November 26
163510More robots Message 31869131Glenn Petersen-November 23
163509lock the doors and hire new workers.John Carragher1November 23
163508European Amazon Warehouse Staff Go on Black Friday Strike MADRID (FUBHO-November 23
163507Amazon bids for Disney's 22 sports networks. includes YES Network on CNBCSr K1November 20
163506Microsoft is Now Selling Amazon Echo Smart Speakers Posted on November 17, 201Glenn Petersen1November 17
163505AMZN has turned positive, up more than $50 from its low today. edit now over $1Sr K1November 15
163504Another view: Amazon Chooses New York City and Northern Virginia for AdditionalSr K-November 12
163503[tweet]Sultan1November 12
163502Amazon Chooses New York City and Northern Virginia for Additional Headquarters- Ron-November 12
163501Amazon signs deal to sell more Apple products, CNET reports. Includes latest dSr K-November 9
163500*Hallmark Cards Selling Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees on Amazon.comSr K-November 8
163499Amazon to bring back a hard copy of the Christmas Catalog. IMO a very smart morichardred-November 8
163498The biggest gain today (post-election results) in the FANG stocks was AMZN, +6.8Sr K-November 7
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