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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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163966Amazon partners with thousands of mom-and-pop stores in India Manish Singh@refsGlenn Petersen1yesterday
163965Cash, Plastic or Hand? Amazon Envisions Paying With a Wave TechGlenn Petersen1Saturday
1639643:29 PM Orders 40 Electric Scooters From Deutsche Post Unit; En RoutSr K-last Thursday
163963Twitch’s loss of top streamers impacts hours watched and streamed in Q4 2019, reGlenn Petersen-last Thursday
163962U.S.-China Deal at a Glance Here is what you need to know about the 90-page firsSirWalterRalegh1last Wednesday
163961Amazon’s Bezos Pledges New $1 Billion India Investment Amid Pushback CEO’s visiSr K-last Wednesday
1639603:20 PM An Inc. spokesman said FedEx Ground and Home have been reinsSr K-last Tuesday
16395911:54 AM Amazon to Seek Court Order to Stop Microsoft from Starting Work on $10Sr K-last Tuesday
1639584:01 PM Warns of Security Risk With PayPal's HoneySr K-January 10
163957AMZN high of the day, was 1900.00. Recently was about 1897.00Sr K-January 6
163956i sold all my FDX after seeing this review. gJohn Carragher-12/27/2019
163955[tweet]SI Ron (Soup Nazi)-12/27/2019
163954Amazon takes over the last mile and everything else. wolfstreet.comJulius Wong112/26/2019
163953Amazon Advertising, Explained Tools will likely change a lot in 2020 adweek.coJulius Wong-12/26/2019
163952Amazon's One-Day Shipping Will Distance It From Competitors, Piper Says PiSr K112/23/2019
163951Amazon's One-Day Shipping Will Distance It From Competitors, Piper Says -- BSr K-12/23/2019
163950Amazon flexes its formidable shipping arm Erica Pandey Axios December 19, 2019 Glenn Petersen112/19/2019
163948Very interesting show on the topic of Amazon, on the radio in Canada this morninSI Ron (Soup Nazi)-12/14/2019
163947Watch out, UPS. Morgan Stanley estimates Amazon is already delivering half of itGlenn Petersen112/14/2019
163946Canalys: Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3 2019, almost tripling Glenn Petersen112/11/2019
163945Robots in Aisle Two: Supermarket Survival Means Matching Amazon The Amazon thGlenn Petersen-12/8/2019
163944Analysts: Amazon Is More Than The Truck That Brings Gifts benzinga.comJulius Wong-12/7/2019
163943Amazon and Facebook are loading up on new office space in New York City, helpingSr K-12/7/2019
163942An excellent interview, the CEO of AWS, on the future of cloud computing and AWSGlenn Petersen112/4/2019
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