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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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163776AMZN +.88% WMT +.08%Sr K-yesterday
163775If Amazon can make a success of delivery bots, it will be amazing. I'm lookiig-last Saturday
163774How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots wired.comJulius Wong-last Saturday
163773AMZN -.03%, WMT +.39%Sr K-last Friday
163772Even though SALT is a current topic in the news, for Individuals, companies deduSr K-last Friday
163771Biden is a pandering idiot. That "new tax code" was passed 26 or moreSr K-last Friday
163770So Amazon gets a tax deduction of $35 (US corporate federal tax rate is 21%) andLabrador-last Friday
163769“Assume VP Biden’s complaint is w/ the tax code, not Amazon,” the company responGlenn Petersen-last Friday
163768Joe Biden’s Twitter fight with Amazon perfectly sums up the battle over America’JakeStraw-last Friday
163767WSJ article on taxation and a rebuttal to Democrats bickering about Amazon payinSr K-last Friday
163766In a mixed day, but with indices up, AMZN was +.81%, and WMT -.16%, or a total +Sr K-last Thursday
163765Jet.com falls by wayside as Walmart focuses on its website, online grocery NandGlenn Petersen-last Wednesday
163764WSJ June 11, 2019 6:00 a.m. ET Amazon Ends Restaurant Delivery in Face of FierSr K-last Tuesday
163763AWS costs every programmer should know Jun 9, 2019 • David Hatanian FUBHO-June 9
163762How Amazon’s delivery robots will navigate your sidewalk Frederic Lardinois@freGlenn Petersen-June 9
163761Watch Amazon’s all-new delivery drone zipping through the sky digitaltrends.coJulius Wong2June 8
163760Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One wired.comJulius Wong2June 8
163759FedEx Reduces Amazon Ties as Retailer Flexes Delivery Muscles By Mary SchlangeGlenn Petersen-June 7
163758'Mostly False'? PolitiFact Goes Soft on Obama's Pants-on-Fire Gun RaFUBHO-June 7
163757OT WSJ 6/7/2019 Barnes & Noble agreed to be acquired by Elliott ManagemenSr K-June 7
163756What Amazon Might Want With Boost Mobile wired.com Why might the retail-and-clouJakeStraw-June 7
163755[youtube video] A first look at Amazon’s new delivery drone Frederic LardinoisGlenn Petersen1June 5
163754That same item, though, would cost 75 percent more — or $8.35 in FBA fees — if TimF2June 4
163753Amazon may soon face an antitrust probe. Here are 3 questions the FTC is asking Glenn Petersen1June 4
163752... for lowering prices. That won't fly. You're probably right, althougRon-June 2
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