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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.

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163331You can share Prime benefits through Amazon household. amazon.comFUBHO-11 minutes ago
163330Why your Amazon Prime membership may not be worth the price One hundred millionJ.F. Sebastian-2 hours ago
163329Better Buy: Amazon.com, Inc. vs. Netflix, Inc. We know tLynn-12 AM
163328"Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World" With big ambitioLynn2yesterday
163327Nice trade. Amazon Prime Day on Monday. Government offices and banks will be clGlenn Petersen-Saturday
163326US e-commerce market is now 49% is a projection for the whole year, and includeSr K-Saturday
163325Amazon’s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spendGlenn Petersen-Saturday
163324Energetics, Security: Now you know why Broadcom is buying CA - more OS support nfrmrVZguy1last Friday
163323Cisco stock drops on a report Amazon Web Services is developing its own network Glenn Petersen1last Friday
163322Watch out, retailers. This is just how big Amazon is becoming cnbc.com Amazon iJakeStraw1last Friday
163321I totally agree that increasing Prime membership to $119 leaped over the $100. pJakeStraw-last Friday
163320I totally agree that increasing Prime membership to $119 leaped over the $100. pLynn-last Thursday
163319Lately--since Whole Foods started offering special deals for Prime members--I hJ.F. Sebastian-last Thursday
163318Morgan Stanley released a research report on AMZN yesterday (11 July 2018) that Lynn-last Thursday
163317"Hospitals will appreciate this they will be able to get rid of their goverLynn-last Thursday
163316"The idea is to "prescribe" medical products and services to patLynn-last Thursday
163315Hospitals will appreciate this they will be able to get rid of their government Joe Wesley-last Thursday
163314Amazon and start-up Xealth are planning a pilot where doctors would 'prescriJakeStraw-last Thursday
163313Amazon's stock rallies toward another record after analyst boosts price targJakeStraw1last Thursday
163312Amazon is up premarket, getting close to the ATH. Now 1762.13 bid to 1764.99 asSr K-last Thursday
163311I do wonder how many other company's speakers are Alexa-enabled, but, like SLynn1last Wednesday
163310Sold my Amazon today @ 1746 - 11 month gain: 80.2% At $850B market cap witzax2last Wednesday
163309Is there really no middle ground down there ? OMG!!The Black Swan-last Tuesday
163308Amazon patent describes anti-hacking measures to protect its delivery drones ByTimF1July 5
163307Revealed: Amazon Go’s new Seattle location signals tech giant’s growing ambitionGlenn Petersen3July 4
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