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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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163677I love recurring revenue streams! ;)JakeStraw11 PM
163676Apple spends more than $30 million on Amazon's cloud every month, making it Glenn Petersen-12 PM
163675NYTimes.com Battle for .amazon Domain Pits Retailer Against South American NatiSr K-yesterday
163674Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Boost It's High-Margin Ad BuJakeStraw-last Wednesday
163673Amazon Listens To Your Alexa Conversations: Here's How To Stop It techtimesJulius Wong1April 14
1636725 Important Takeaways From Amazon's Annual Shareholder Letter fool.comJakeStraw-April 12
163671Yeah that doesn't look like an alien mother ship invasion at all.d[-_-]b-April 11
163670Amazon workers are listening to some of your conversations with Alexa Amazon emJ.F. Sebastian-April 11
163669[facebook video]zax-April 11
163668The shareholder letter includes the first one from 1997. The press focused on a Sr K-April 11
163667Here’s Jeff Bezos’ annual shareholder letter cnbc.comJakeStraw1April 11
163666AH 6:22 PM ET Amazon to buy warehouse robotics startup, says report Amazon.comSr K-April 10
163665CIA Considering Cloud Contract Worth ‘Tens of Billions’ The agency is hungry foGlenn Petersen1April 10
1636644:18 PM ET Market Chatter: Amazon, Microsoft to Vie for DoD's $10 bln JEDI Sr K2April 10
163663Amazon introduced more video, including Newsy, priced $4.99/month. Too soon to oSr K-April 10
163662[tweet]Glenn Petersen-April 7
163661Google WiFi was Eero's 'biggest challenge' before fire sale to AmazoSr K-April 6
163660Amazon is working on an Alexa-powered AirPods competitor engadget.com BloombergJakeStraw-April 5
163659Amazon’s Rise in Ad Searches Dents Google’s Dominance Consumer-goods firms andSr K-April 5
163658Amazon's ISP dreams start with a crazy new satellite plan Amazon's alreJakeStraw-April 4
163657WSJ Jeff Bezos to Retain Voting Control of Wife’s Shares After Divorce MacKenzSr K1April 4
163656‘Alexa, find me a doctor’: Amazon Alexa adds new medical skills cnbc.com Amazon JakeStraw1April 4
163655It was worthwhile to read the headline, but I removed the recommendation becauseSr K-April 3
163654Amazon quietly removes promotional spots that gave special treatment to its own Glenn Petersen-April 3
163653Reuters 4/3/2019 FACEBOOK ACKNOWLEDGES DATA WAS STORED ON AMAZON DATABASES - CNBSr K-April 3
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