Overall, Inc. often referred to as simply Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States. started as an online bookstore, later diversifying to sell DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, video downloads/streaming, MP3downloads/streaming, audiobook downloads/streaming, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys and jewelry. The company also produces consumer electronics—notably, Amazon Kindle e-book readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire Phone—and is the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS). Amazon also sells certain low-end products like USB cables under its in-house brand AmazonBasics.

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. Amazon also offers international shipping to certain other countries for some of its products. In 2011, it professed an intention to launch its websites in Poland and Sweden.

Type Public
Traded as NASDAQ: AMZN
NASDAQ-100 Component
S&P 500 Component
Founded July 5, 1994; 21 years ago
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Jeff Bezos
Key people Jeff Bezos
(Chairman, President and CEO)
Industry Internet
Products Appstore, The Book Depository, comiXology, Game Studios, Video, Instant Video UK, Audible, Instant Video German, Kindle, Lab126,Studios,, Woot,, Shopbop, Askville
Services Online shopping, Web hosting,Content Distribution
Revenue  US$ 88.988 billion (2014)
Operating income  US$ 178 million (2014)
Net income  US$ -241 million (2014)
Total assets  US$ 54.505 billion (2014)
Total equity  US$ 10.741 billion (2014)
Employees 222,400 (October 2015)
Subsidiaries a2z,, Amazon Web Services, Alexa Internet,, comiXology,Digital Photography Review,Goodreads, Internet Movie Database,,Twitch, Zappos
Website (original U.S. site)
various national sites
Written in C++ and Java
Alexa rank  6 (August 2015)
Type of site E-commerce
Advertising Web banners, videos
Available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Standard Chinese
Launched July 5, 1994

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