1. History Background & Development
Jeff Bezos was researching the Internet in the early 1990s when he realized that book sales would be a perfect fit with e-commerce because book distributors already kept meticulous electronic lists. Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994. After months of preparation, he launched a Web site in July 1995 and had sales of $20,000 a week by September. Bezos and his team kept working with the site, such as one-click shopping, customer reviews, and e-mail order verification.
Amazon.com went public in 1997. Moves to cement the Amazon.com brand included becoming the sole book retailer on America Online's public Web site and Netscape's commercial channel. In 1998, the company launched its online music and video stores, and it began to sell toys and electronics. By midyear, Amazon.com had attracted so much attention that its market capitalization equaled the combined values of rivals Barnes & Noble and Borders Group, even though their combined sales were far greater than Amazon's.
As part of a deal to expand their marketing partnership, America Online invested $100 million in Amazon.com in July 2001. In the fourth quarter of 2001, Amazon.com reported its first profit ever.
ÃÂ· Global presence
ÃÂ· Inventory provided on consignment
ÃÂ· Location of business
o No sales tax
o Close to distribution centers
o Desirable area will attract employees
ÃÂ· Quality technological processes and procedures
ÃÂ· Repeat customer's
ÃÂ· Lack of marketing expertise
ÃÂ· Undifferentiated products and service (i.e. in relation to competitors)
ÃÂ· New area of business/ management lacks experience
ÃÂ· Rapid growth
ÃÂ· Has yet to make a profit
ÃÂ· Internet is a developing market.
ÃÂ· Mergers, joint ventures or strategic alliances
ÃÂ· Move into new market segments that offer improved profits
ÃÂ· International market
ÃÂ· Use brand...