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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.

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163473Amazon Wants India to Shop Online, and It’s Battling Walmart for Supremacy The Glenn Petersen-10 AM
163472Amazon Web Services China launches official partnership with Qtum thenextweb.comJakeStraw-Wednesday
163471The new Kindle Paperwhite is thinner and waterproof techcrunch.comJakeStraw-Tuesday
163470Amazon's Jeff Bezos Says Tech Companies Should Work With the Pentagon AuthoGlenn Petersen2Monday
163469Monro, Inc. and Amazon Expand Collaboration to Provide Tire Installation ServiceJakeStraw-October 11
163468Ross Handler, Barclays, talks out of both sides, about today's declines: StSr K-October 10
163467I agree. He's always looking toward the longer term. Our local Whole FooRon-October 10
163466It'll be interesting to see what the overall impact is to Amazon's bottoJ.F. Sebastian1October 10
163465U.S. home insurer Travelers to sell discounted home-security devices on Amazon mJakeStraw-October 10
163464Amazon Lands $1 Billion in Cloud Deals With SAP, Symantec AWS signs up existing JakeStraw-October 10
163463Some advertisers are moving half of their search budget from Google to Amazon, sGlenn Petersen1October 9
163462AWS now is used for NFL broadcasts analyses. Looks like this is from Nov 29, 2Sr K-October 7
163461Amazon quietly launched a new 'accelerator' program to create more excluJakeStraw1October 5
163460The fine print on Amazon's pay changes for workers: they get something and tRon1October 4
163459Amazon's New Mall Of America Installation Is Absolutely Fabulous forbes.comJakeStraw-October 3
163458Amazon raises minimum wage to $15 for all US employees Amazon and CEO Jeff BezosGlenn Petersen-October 2
163457Amazon raises its U.S. minimum wage to $15 in all locations marketwatch.comRon-October 2
163456Amazon's IMDB will announce this week a new free video service to compete foJakeStraw-October 2
163455Economists in the tech sector by Tyler Cowen Marginal Revolution OctoGlenn Petersen-October 1
163454Brad Porter, VP of Robotics at Amazon, on Warehouse Automation, Machine LearningGlenn Petersen1September 30
163453Conventional Television Under Attack By Amazon forbes.comJakeStraw-September 28
163452[youtube video] Amazon Alexa-powered microwave hands-on Glenn Petersen-September 27
163451Amazon Wants Alexa Everywhere Your living room was only the beginning -JakeStraw1September 27
163450There's a new biggest bull on Wall Street covering Amazon as Stifel predictsJakeStraw1September 27 says, at a new store opening September 27, Amazon 4-STAR, EVERYTHING Sr K-September 26
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