Amazon is a multinational technology firm with operations in the United States that specializes in cloud computing, online advertising, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It has been described as one of the most significant global economic and cultural forces and as one of the most valuable brands. Along with Alphabet, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft, it is one of the Big Five American technological firms.
On July 5, 1994, Jeff Bezos launched Amazon from his garage in Bellevue, Washington. It started as an online bookstore but has now evolved into many more product categories, earning the nickname “The Everything Store.” It has several subsidiaries, including Kuiper Systems (satellite Internet), Amazon Lab126, Zoox (autonomous cars), and Amazon Web Services (cloud computing) (computer hardware R&D).
The company also has subsidiaries for Ring, Twitch, IMDb, and Whole Foods. The $13.4 billion purchase of Whole Foods in August 2017 significantly expanded its physical retail reach.
On July 16, 1995, the 1990s version of Amazon launched its operations as an online bookseller. Bezos first formed the business under the name Cadabra, but he eventually changed it to Amazon.
For the benefit of alphabetical placement, Bezos allegedly searched a dictionary for a term starting with the letter A. He chose the name Amazon as a nod to his desire for the corporation to be as enormous as the Amazon River, one of the world’s greatest rivers, as well as because it was unusual and exotic. The company’s mantra has been “become large quickly” since its start.
The launch of Amazon Prime Free two-day delivery is provided for Amazon consumers using this subscription-based service throughout the 48 contiguous United States, along with other advantages for reading, shopping, and streaming. The current cost of an Amazon Prime membership is $14.99 per month or $139 annually, according to the company’s website.
Amazon Web Services
The 2000s also saw the birth of this extensive and developing cloud computing infrastructure. To offer online services for websites and client-side applications, the first Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers were introduced in 2006. The foundation of the company’s expanding array of online services is Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3).
The same year, Amazon also introduced Unbox, a cloud computing, and video-on-demand service.
Amazon Services and Products
Amazon has a constantly growing selection of goods and services. A list of its signature offerings is shown below.
- Amazon Marketplace
- Amazon Fresh
- Amazon Vine
- Amazon Merchandise
- Amazon Handmade
Third-party shops can promote and sell their products alongside Amazon products on Amazon’s e-commerce platform.
Almost two dozen American cities and a few foreign places presently offer Amazon’s grocery pickup and delivery service. Through the Amazon Fresh website or the Amazon mobile app, a grocery order may be placed. Customers have the option of having their goods delivered or picking them up in person.
To help consumers make educated purchases, manufacturers and publishers use Amazon Vine, which was introduced in 2007.
Woot was acquired by Amazon in 2010 and features daily-rotating special discounts and limited-time promotions. This store sells low stock new items as well as reconditioned goods. Shipping is free for Prime subscribers.
2009 saw Amazon acquire Zappos. This online shoe and clothing store has a large selection of brands, such as Nike, Sperry, Adidas, and Uggs.
Sellers may develop and upload their T-shirt designs for free and receive royalties on each sale with our on-demand T-shirt printing service. The rest is handled by Amazon, including producing the T-shirts and shipping them to buyers.
This platform enables artisans to sell handcrafted products to customers around the world.
- Amazon Kindle
- Amazon Fire Tablet
- Amazon Fire TV
- Amazon Alexa
- Amazon Echo
- Amazon Echo Dot
- Amazon Echo Show
Users may browse, purchase, and read e-books, periodicals, and newspapers from the Kindle Store using Amazon’s first e-reader, the Kindle.
Amazon Fire Tablet
Amazon Fire tablet. Amazon’s well-known and well-known Fire tablet, formerly known as the Kindle Fire, competes with Apple’s iPad.
Amazon Fire TV
This voice-activated, cloud-based, AI-powered personal assistant may respond to questions, engage with users, and carry out other actions.
One of Amazon’s smart home products, it connects to Alexa and has a speaker built in. In addition to chatting about the weather, making shopping lists, and managing other smart devices like lights, switches, and televisions, Amazon Echo is capable of several additional tasks.
Amazon Echo Dot
An Echo Dot is a more compact, puck-shaped variation of the original Amazon Echo. It can be placed anywhere and is capable of playing music, reading news, and responding to queries.
Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show, a member of the Amazon Echo family of speakers, functions similarly through Alexa but adds a 7-inch touchscreen for playing films, music and making video conversations with other Echo users.
- Amazon Prime
- Amazon Prime Video
- Twitch Prime
- Amazon Music Prime
Members of this membership service get access to unique shopping and entertainment options as well as savings and other benefits. For instance, free one- or two-day shipping is available to all Amazon Prime members on qualified items.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video. An Amazon Prime subscription comes with access to this service.
Twitch Prime. Twitch Prime, a monthly membership service, is a division of Amazon Prime. It grants users access to Twitch’s premium features, which include a fun and interactive way to watch others play video games.
Amazon Music Prime
For Prime subscribers, Amazon’s music streaming service is free.