Profile: Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O)
2 Sep 2014
Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon.com), incorporated on May 28, 1996, serves consumers through its retail websites and focus on selection, price, and convenience. The Company offers programs that enables sellers to sell their products on its Websites and their own branded Websites and to fulfill orders through them , and programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, application developers, and others to publish and sell content. The Company operates in two segments: North America and International. The Company serves consumers through its retail websites, and focus on selection, price, and convenience. The Company designs its Websites to enable millions of products to be sold by the Company and by third parties across dozens of product categories. Customers access its Websites directly and through its mobile Websites and apps. It also manufactures and sells Kindle devices. In May 2012, the Company acquired Kiva Systems, Inc. (Kiva). In October 2013, Amazon.com Inc acquired TenMarks Education Inc. Effective February 5, 2014, Amazon.com Inc acquired Double Helix Games LLC. Effective May 6, 2014, the Company acquired Iconology Inc.
The Company offers its customers the lowest prices possible through low everyday product pricing and shipping offers, including through membership in Amazon Prime, and to improve its operating efficiencies so that it can continue to lower prices for its customers. The Company also provides easy-to-use functionality, fast and reliable fulfillment, and timely customer service. It offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its websites and their own branded websites and to fulfill orders through them.
The Company serves developers and enterprises of all sizes through Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides access to technology infrastructure that enables virtually any type of business. The Company serves serve authors and independent publishers with Kindle Direct Publishing. It also offers programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, app developers, and others to publish and sell content.
North America segment consists of amounts earned from retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through North America-focused websites such as www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca and include amounts earned from AWS. This segment includes export sales from www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca.
The International segment consists of amounts earned from retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through internationally-focused websites. This segment includes export sales from these internationally based websites , including export sales from these sites to customers in the U.S. and Canada.
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