Amazon is the world's largest online retailer when measured in market capitalization and revenue.
At the end of 2017, Amazon had 566,000 employees located all over the world with at least 180,000 employees located in the United States. Amazon offers thousands of employment opportunities at any given time, and the type of employment varies depending upon the time of year. Some of the most common job categories include software development, order fulfillment, human resources, marketing, IT and tech jobs and sales. Their headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington.
Amazon was founded on July 5, 1994 by Jeff Bezos. Although Amazon started as an online bookstore, transitioning quickly into streaming video, MP3 downloads, and audiobook products and software; now you can find almost anything on the Amazon site in both real-world products and digital products.
In 2018 it was reported that Amazon had been able to secure around five percent of the United States retail market excluding anything vehicle related or purchases made at restaurants and bars. They also owned 43 percent of online spending in the United States in 2018. Recently, Amazon acquired Whole Foods, a grocery retailer with more than 400 stores. Many experts predict that this acquisition is the basis Amazon will use to begin competing with brick-and-mortar retailers like Walmart.
Amazon has operations in sixteen countries in addition to the United States and employees in all of those countries. Each of them has their own retail site separate from the US one. At the end of the second quarter ending June 29, 2018, with 208.1 billion. Amazon plans to launch a brand-new headquarters, HQ2, which will add more than 50,000 new employees to the Amazon workforce.
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