Amazon is the is largest Internet-based retailer in the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Starting from a 400 square feet garage, in just two decades Amazon has spread out to have dozens of offices in over 30 countries around the world. The company’s development centres are spread across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Amazon has separate retail websites for United States, United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Mexico. It has plans to launch its websites in Poland, Sweden, Sri Lanka and South East Asian countries.
Some Interesting & Fun Facts
- Today Amazon has the capacity to ship up to 1.5 million items per day from just one fulfillment center.
- Amazon ships 35 items every second
- In 2014, Amazon’s site was down for 49 minutes and the company missed sales of nearly $4.8 million
- Amazon’s share of 2015 Black Friday ecommerce sales is 35.7%
- Outbound shipping cost of Amazon is $1.54 billion
- 70% of sales on Amazon were generated through mobile devices during the holiday season in 2015
More Interesting Facts, Statistics & Things about Amazon
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Most Interesting Things You Need To Know About Amazon
- Amazon’s current logo depicts a smile that stretches from A to Z. It signifies that the company is ready to deliver anything and everything to anyone, anywhere in the world
- Amazon began as a book e-tailer and expanded significantly to offer everything from electronics to diamonds and from gourmet food to skateboards
- Amazon was the first Internet retailer to have 1 million customers.
- The company is one of the top US military veteran recruiters and it employs both veterans and military spouses
- Amazon donates millions of dollars to customers’ favorite charities through its AmazonSmile initiative. It has more than one hundred thousand charity organizations receiving donations through AmazonSmile
- Due to a lack of space Amazon did not have an inventory during its initial days. Whenever a customer ordered a book, the company used to search it online, ship it to the Amazon office, repackage it and then ship it off to the customer
Amazon provides employment to 230,800 people, which includes both full time and part time employees.
- Amazon opened its first physical bookstore, called Amazon Books, in Seattle’s University Village on November 3 2015. The 5,500 square feet store opened with a stock of 6,000 books that are offered to customers at same price as on the website
- Amazon boasts of having the Central Intelligence Agency of the US as one of its customers. The CIA signed a $600 million deal with the company in 2013 for cloud computing storage, which is part of Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- The company built a mammoth 34 square-mile windfarm in North Carolina, USA to provide continuous power to its cloud-computing data centers
- The internet retail giant is developing a futuristic delivery system called Amazon Prime Air that will be able to deliver packages to the customers within 30 minutes of ordering by using small drones.
- The Amazon website was launched on July 16 1995
- Amazon started with just one employee, Shel Kaplan, and one product category, books.
- During the initial days Jeff Bezos used second hand computers to run the business
- The site attracted orders worth more than $12000 within one week of its launch
- In the first month of business, Amazon received orders from customers in 50 US states and 45 countries from around the world
- Amazon made its first sale on April 3 1995 (even before the website was launched)
- Amazon sold its first book to John Wainwright who purchased Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought by Douglas Hofstadter for $27.95
- Amazon ventured into the international market in October 1998 when it was launched in the United Kingdom and Germany
- Amazon launched its music store in June 1998 with a stock of over 125,000 music titles
- In 1999 Amazon ordered 181 acres of wrapping paper and 2494 miles of red ribbon to cater to the holiday season sale rush
- In 2001 the company laid off 1300 of its employees and shut down a distribution facility to reduce costs
- Amazon witnessed its first profitable quarter in January 2002, seven years after the company was launched, and made a modest profit of $5 million
- Amazon’s revenue reached $2.8 billion in the first 5 years, making it one of the fastest growing companies on the internet
- Amazon introduced its free shipping service in 2000. The threshold was for orders worth more than $100. But in 2002 it reduced the threshold to orders worth $25
- Amazon initially depended on word of mouth marketing and publicity. The company later became one of the highest spenders on Google Ads
- Amazon Prime is a membership program that offers access to e-books, music, video streaming, free unlimited photo storage, free two-day shipping and various other services and deals by Amazon.
- Amazon Web Services provides programmatic access to latent features on its website.
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud or Amazon EC2 is a virtual site farm that allows users access to the Amazon infrastructure in order to run applications that range from running simulations to web hosting
- Amazon Fresh is a home grocery deliver service that delivers perishable and nonperishable food items on the same day of ordering or the next day
- Amazon Supply provides businesses the opportunity to create custom e-commerce websites using Amazon technology.
- Amazon Music is Amazon’s online music store that provides downloads exclusively in MP3 format without digital rights management.
- Amazon Appstore is an appstore designed for Andriod Operating Systems
- Amazon Video provides Internet video on demand service in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Austria and Germany.
- Amazon Supply provides industrial and scientific components and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supplies
- In 2015 the net sale revenue was $107.01 billion
- In 2014 the net sale revenue was $88.99 billion
- In 2013 the net sale revenue was $74.45 billion
- In 2012 the net sale revenue was $61.09 billion
- In 2011 the net sale revenue was $48.08 billion
- In 2010 the net sale revenue was $34.2 billion
- In 2009 the net sale revenue was $24.51 billion
- In 2008 the net sale revenue was $19.17 billion
- In 2007 the net sale revenue was $14.84 billion
- In 2006 the net sale revenue was $10.71 billion
- In 2005 the net sale revenue was $8.49 billion
- In 2004 the net sale revenue was $6.92 billion
Acquisitions & Subsidiaries
Top 10 Amazon Acquisitions
- In 2009 Amazon acquired Zappos, online shoes, for $1200 million
- In 2014 Amazon acquired Twitch, video platform for video games, for $970 million
- In 2012 Amazon acquired Kiva Systems, warehouse robot systems, for $775 million
- In 1999 Amazon acquired Exchange.com, online book marketplace, for $645 million
- In 2010 Amazon acquired Quidsi, online retailer, for $545 million
- In 2011 Amazon acquired LoveFilm, streaming video on demand provider, for $312 million
- In 2008 Amazon acquired Audible, spoken audio entertainment and information company, for $300 million
- In 1999 Amazon acquired Alexa Internet, a database company, for $250 million
- In 2013 Amazon acquired Goodreads, online community, for $150 million
- In 2010 Amazon acquired Woot, internet retailer, for $110 million
Amazon owns several companies that operate under their own brand names
- com – Amazon acquired the company in March 2008
- Brilliance Audio – Amazon purchased the company in 2007
- ComiXology – The company was bought by Amazon in April 2014
- Goodreads – The company became a subsidiary of Amazon in March 2013
- Shelfari – Amazon purchased the company in August 2008 and declared in January 2016 that it would merge Shelfari with Goodreads and close down Shelfari
- Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services – It is a subsidiary of Amazon and has applied for a freight forwarding license with the US Maritime Commission
Interesting Facts you must know about Amazon
- Amazon went public in the year 1997 and since then the company’s shares have multiplied a whopping 710 times
- Amazon’s fulfilment center in Phoenix, Arizona covers 1.2 million square feet in area, which is equivalent to 28 football fields
- Amazon’s fastest order delivery took place when it delivered a four-pack of Starbucksvanilla Frappuccino to a customer in Miami in less than 10 minutes
- Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos believes in the ‘two pizza rule’ which says that the number of members in a project team must not be so big that the entire team cannot be theoretically fed by just 2 pizzas
- The world’s largest online retail seller also operates the world’s largest computer
- Starting with just 1 category (books), Amazon has increased to 20 main categories and 206 sub-categories
- Amazon’s cloud platform is big enough to hold 80 books for every person on earth
- On an average one new book is added to Amazon’s site every five minutes
- About 65% of Amazon’s traffic are females
- Amazon holds the patent for one-click ordering which it licenses to Apple
- Amazon has a building named after its first customer, John Wainwright
- One out of every ten US citizen is a member of the Amazon Prime service. Interestingly, Prime subscribers spend more while shopping on Amazon than non-subscribers
- Cyber Monday is Amazon’s peak shopping day by mobile users
- Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos makes just $81,840 per year
- Every employee at Amazon has to spend two days every year working at the customer service desk, including the CEO
- Amazon Kindle was launched in November 2007 and within 6 hours it sold out completely. Interestingly, it remained sold out until May 2008.
- Amazon is one of the biggest players in cloud computing in the world today
- Amazon employs more than 15000 robots to help its warehouse employees to retrieve items
- Every Data Center of Amazon has 50,000 to 80,000 computers
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