Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company serves consumers through retail Websites, such as amazon.com and amazon.ca, which primarily include merchandise and content purchased for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers.
Amazon also offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on companys Websites, and their own branded Websites; and programs, which allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, app developers, and others to publish and sell content.
In addition, the company serves developers and enterprises through Amazon Web Services, which provides access to technology infrastructure that enables virtually various businesses. Further, it offers Kindle Direct Publishing, an online platform that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store; and manufactures and sells electronic devices, as well as provides co-branded credit card agreements and advertising services.
Additionally, the company offers Amazon Prime, an annual membership program, which provides free shipping of items; access to streaming of movies and TV episodes; and access to books to borrow and read on a Kindle device. Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Amazon’s acquisition of Kiva Systems in 2012 and its 2013 announcement of new UAV initiative, Amazon Prime Air as well as its various investments in IoT and deep learning technology, place it in the center of new robotics R&D.
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