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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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164338Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem New York Times October 24, 2021 Glenn Petersen-yesterday
164337Amazon launches in-store pickup option for items from local businesses PUBLISHEGlenn Petersen1last Thursday
164336Amazon says sellers are doing great on its marketplace, as regulators turn up thSirWalterRalegh-last Thursday
164335Amazon says sellers are doing great on its marketplace, as regulators turn up thGlenn Petersen1last Wednesday
164334I'd add a third thing, they can afford to pay more for seasonal workers thanJ.F. Sebastian-October 18
164333Two things may give Amazon an edge: 1) The generous $3,000 bonus for a "sGlenn Petersen-October 18
164332How will they manage to do that? Many companies are planning on doing the same.rogermci®-October 18
164331Amazon plans to hire 150,000 seasonal staff for the holiday season PUBLISHED MOGlenn Petersen-October 18
164330Amazon's e-commerce bill bind Margaret Harding McGill Axios October 14, 202Glenn Petersen-October 14
164329Wrong board. Not Amazon related.Glenn Petersen3October 14
164328Chicago Art Museum Fires Unpaid Volunteers For Being White [graphic] BY TYLER DUJoachim K1October 14
164327Chicago Police Union Head Urges Members To Defy Vaccine Mandate, Warns Force To Joachim K2October 14
164326An interesting backstory on some guy who used to have some sort of position at AGlenn Petersen2October 14
164325Amazon Rethinks Office Return Plans, Adding More Flexibility Company previouslySr K1October 11
164324 Amazon's New $10 Delivery Fee Comes With 1 Major Perk. But Very Few Know ofJulius Wong2October 5
164323Amazon has a smash hit on its hands — a new computer game with hundreds of thousGlenn Petersen4September 30
164322Google, Battling Amazon, Tries an E-Commerce Makeover to Win Back Advertisers TSr K2September 29
164321Here’s everything Amazon just announced: A home robot named Astro, a fitness banGlenn Petersen2September 29
164320[youtube video]J.F. Sebastian2September 28
164319a smart ring for whispering Alexa commands into your finger Imagine the info thig1September 28
164318Amazon Event Today: Expect Echo Updates and a Little Weirdness wsj.com The techSr K1September 28
164317Amazon’s AI is forcing delivery drivers to make dangerous decisions Anatomy of J.F. Sebastian-September 21
164316Bezos Earth Fund Pledges $1 Billion to Nature Conservation By Fang Block SepSr K-September 21
164315Twitch Targets Online Harassment in New Lawsuit Against Two Users Streaming plaSr K-September 11
164314The Way Amazon Uses Tech to Squeeze Performance Out of Workers Deserves Its Own Sr K-September 11
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