Profile: Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O)
23 Mar 2017
Amazon.com, Inc., incorporated on May 28, 1996, offers a range of products and services through its Websites. The Company operates through three segments: North America, International and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Company's products include merchandise and content that it purchases for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers. It also manufactures and sells electronic devices.
The Company's North America segment primarily consists of retail sales of consumer products (including from sellers) and subscriptions through North America-focused Websites, such as www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca and www.amazon.com.mx. The North America segment includes export sales from its North America-focused Websites. The International segment primarily consists of retail sales of consumer products (including from sellers) and subscriptions through internationally-focused Websites, such as www.amazon.com.au, www.amazon.com.br, www.amazon.cn, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.in, www.amazon.it, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.nl, www.amazon.es and www.amazon.co.uk. The International segment includes export sales from these internationally-focused Websites (including export sales from these sites to customers in the United States, Mexico and Canada). The AWS segment consists of sales of compute, storage, database, and other service offerings for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions.
The Company also offers other services, such as database offerings, fulfillment, publishing, certain digital content subscriptions, advertising and co-branded credit cards. The Company serves consumers through its retail Websites and focuses on selection, price and convenience. It designs its Websites to enable hundreds of millions of products to be sold by them and by third parties across dozens of product categories. The Company allows customers to access its Websites directly and through its mobile Websites and applications. It also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire televisions and Echo. It develops and produces media content. In addition, the Company offers Amazon Prime, an annual membership program that includes access to unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and television episodes and other benefits. It offers programs that enable sellers to grow their businesses, sell their products on its Websites and their own branded Websites.
The Company serves authors and independent publishers with Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that lets independent authors and publishers choose a royalty option and make their books available in the Kindle Store, along with its own publishing arm, Amazon Publishing. It also offers programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, application developers and others to publish and sell content.
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