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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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164217Before a family member signed up for a Prime account, I remember being tricked iFUBHO1April 13
164216Thanks. Good idea as I"m cancelling the card on Amazon and might just shut Shoot1st-April 13
164215I would make sure you've changed all passwords on any/all your Amazon accounThe Ox1April 13
164214This is not an investment related question/comment/concern. I would like to knShoot1st1April 13
164213WSJ Why Amazon Workers in Alabama Voted Against Union Warehouse employees citeSr K-April 11
164212Unionbusters The first major unionization drive at an Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) warkidl1April 9
164211Amazon Surpasses 10% of U.S. Digital Ad Market Share Company chips away at markGlenn Petersen2April 6
164210How Adam Selipsky could make Amazon’s cloud business even bigger PUBLISHED SAT,Glenn Petersen1March 28
164209WSJ Amazon Taps Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky to Lead Its AWS Cloud Unit Early hirSr K2March 24
164208Amazon has added 3,700 new sellers a day this year, as independent merchants becGlenn Petersen2March 22
164207Biden to nominate tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan for FTC commissioner Khan bGlenn Petersen-March 22
164206Its moves have helped expand Amazon’s U.S. ad-supported streaming footprint to mGlenn Petersen1March 20
164205How Covid-19 Supercharged the Advertising ‘Triopoly’ of Google, Facebook and AmaGlenn Petersen1March 20
164204Amazon Plans to Offer Telehealth Services to Other Companies By Matt Day BloomGlenn Petersen1March 18
164203The Great Amazon Flip-a-Thon John Herman New York Times March 17, 2021 Eco-BabGlenn Petersen1March 18
164202A bit of Amazon/AWS history; How Amazon’s S3 jumpstarted the cloud revolution Glenn Petersen3March 13
164201EU struggles to build antitrust case against Amazon Regulators face difficultiGlenn Petersen-March 11
164200POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Biden taps another Big Tech trustbuster By RYAN LIZZGlenn Petersen-March 9
164199[tweet] EXCERPT: Vonnegut talked about the relevant portion of the essay in anFUBHO-March 8
164198When Amazon Raises Its Minimum Wage, Local Companies Follow Suit New York TimesGlenn Petersen1March 7
164197Message 33230513The Ox1March 7
164196 Amazon Streaming Service Removes Clarence Thomas Documentary... During Black HFUBHO1February 27
164195Silicon Valley-backed groups sue Maryland to kill country’s first-ever online adTimF2February 20
164194It is Shell Energy Europe BV will supply Amazon with green energy from an offshSr K-February 8
164193I didn't go to Amazon.com's news releases or check anything else, but thSr K-February 8
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