Profile: Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O)
14 Dec 2018
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, through its subsidiary, Whole Foods Market, Inc., offers healthy and organic food and staples across its stores. The Company also offers a range of products like whole trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic gala and fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken.
The Company's Whole Foods Market healthy and private label products include 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Whole Catch available through Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry and Prime Now. The Company also offers Amazon Lockers that is available in select Whole Foods Market stores. Customers can have products shipped from www.Amazon.com to their local Whole Foods Market store for pick up or send returns back to Amazon during a trip to the store.
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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