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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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163851Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Bought Up Amazon and Netflix Stock Options By Ed Lin AuStockDung-last Saturday
163850Reuters Amazon.com defeats IRS appeal in U.S. tax dispute BY JONATHAN STEMPEL Sr K-last Saturday
163849[tweet]Glenn Petersen-last Thursday
163848The Amazon Publishing Juggernaut What does the e-commerce giant want with the nGlenn Petersen-August 10
163847Amazon ad on Fire TV Stick: Control YouTube with your voice. "Alexa, opeSr K-August 9
163846store you linked to is apparently the only one in southern Washington. That sounig-August 8
163845Amazon is developing high-tech surveillance tools for an eager customer: AmericaGlenn Petersen1August 8
163844Don't know your specific location, but the according to their store locator TimF-August 8
163843It seemed plenty busy every time I went. The store is in Vancouver, Wa: wholefoig-August 7
163842I only blame FedEx for not correcting the problem. I doubt they did anything to J.F. Sebastian1August 7
163841i believe it is an individual problem not fed x. i had the same problem with oJohn Carragher-August 7
163840Though I love FedEx when mailing out packages that are too big or expensive for J.F. Sebastian-August 7
163839Another Day, Another FedEx-Amazon Divorce FedEx Corp., tired of walking around J.F. Sebastian1August 7
163838That is surprising. Did you ever notice if it was a high traffic store, did it sJ.F. Sebastian-August 7
163837Amazon just closed my local Whole Foods store. Totally surprised me. No warning.ig-August 7
163836Last sentence of WSJ article 8/4/2019 about Ms. Thompson's hacking and braggSr K-August 4
163835Amazon Gives Option to Disable Human Review of Alexa Recordings By Matt Day BlGlenn Petersen-August 3
163834Pentagon puts $10B contract on hold after Trump swipe at Amazon Glenn Petersen-August 2
163833How Amazon will take over your house Erica Pandey Axios August 1, 2019 In receGlenn Petersen-August 1
1638326:18 PM ET wsj.com Amazon Reigns Over Cloud Market Company’s size gives it thSr K1July 31
163831Capital One Breach Affects 106 Million Card Applicants—Update The hack is the sSr K1July 30
163830I've always wondered if large companies placed moles in the companies of theJ.F. Sebastian-July 27
163829I've been shopping on eBay since 1999 and I started selling there soon afterJ.F. Sebastian-July 27
163828Exclusive: Inside the effort to turn Trump against Amazon's bid for a $10 biGlenn Petersen1July 26
163827I would love to see a crackdown on eBay as well, too many garbage sellers there,ig-July 26
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