Amazon (company)

American electronic commerce and cloud computing company

Amazon.com, Inc., known as Amazon (/ˈæməˌzɒn/), is an American online business and cloud computing company. It was founded on July 5, 1994 by Jeff Bezos. It is based in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based store in the world by total sales and market capitalization.[6][7] Amazon.com started as an online bookstore. When it got bigger, it started selling DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, video downloads/streaming, MP3s, audiobooks, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. It also makes consumer electronics like Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo. It is the world's largest provider of cloud computing services.[8] Amazon also sells products like USB cables using the name AmazonBasics.

Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon
Formerly
Cadabra, Inc. (1994–95)
Public
Traded as
ISINUS0231351067
Industry
FoundedJuly 5, 1994; 26 years ago (1994-07-05)[citation needed] in Bellevue, Washington, United States
FounderJeff Bezos
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products
Services
RevenueIncrease US$232.887 billion (2018)
Increase US$12.421 billion (2018)
Increase US$10.073 billion (2018)
Total assetsDecrease US$162.648 billion (2018)
Total equityDecrease US$43.549 billion (2018)
Number of employees
Increase 647,500 (2018)
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.amazon.com
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3][4][5]

Amazon has separate retail websites for the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India, and Mexico. Amazon also offers international shipping to some countries for some of its products.[9] In 2016, Dutch, Polish, and Turkish language versions of the German Amazon website were launched.[10][11][12]

SubsidiariesEdit

Amazon owns over 40 smaller companies, including Zappos, Shopbop, Diapers.com, Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics), Audible, Goodreads, Teachstreet and IMDb.[13]

Other readingEdit

  • Brandt, Richard L. (2011). One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com. New York: Portfolio Penguin. ISBN 978-1-59184-375-7.
  • Daisey, Mike (2002). 21 Dog Years. Free Press. ISBN 0-7432-2580-5.
  • Friedman, Mara (2004). Amazon.com for Dummies. Wiley Publishing. ISBN 0-7645-5840-4.
  • Marcus, James (2004). Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut. W. W. Norton. ISBN 1-56584-870-5.
  • Spector, Robert (2000). Amazon.com – Get Big Fast: Inside the Revolutionary Business Model That Changed the World. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-662041-4.
  • Stone, Brad (2013). The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. New York: Little Brown and Co. ISBN 978-0-316-21926-6. OCLC 856249407.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Annual report 2017. Seattle, Washington: Amazon. April 4, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  2. "AMZN Company Financials".
  3. "Form 10-K". Amazon.com. December 31, 2018.
  4. "California Secretary of State Business Search". Businesssearch.sos.ca.gov.
  5. "Amazon bought Whole Foods a year ago. Here's what has changed". Finance.yahoo.com.
  6. Jopson, Barney (July 12, 2011). "Amazon urges California referendum on online tax". Financial Times. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  7. "Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace". The New York Times. August 16, 2015.
  8. Synergy Research Group, Reno, NV. "Microsoft Cloud Revenues Leap; Amazon is Still Way Out in Front - Synergy Research Group". srgresearch.com.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  9. "Amazon.com, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Jan 30, 2013" (PDF). SEC database. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  10. "Now you can visit Amazon.de in Dutch". Amazon news. 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  11. "Amazon jedną nogą w Polsce". Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  12. "Amazon Germany now available in Turkish". November 10, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  13. "Amazon Jobs – Work for a Subsidiary". Archived from the original on August 1, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Amazon.com at Wikimedia Commons