Amazon.com, (NASDAQ: AMZN) is an American e-commerce company based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, and launched in 1995, Amazon.com began as an online bookstore before diversifying its product lines by adding VHSs, DVDs, music CDs, MP3s, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and more. Amazon has since established separate websites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, France, China, and Japan.

Since starting out in his garage in Bellevue, Washington, Jeff Bezos has gone on to form one of the greatest ecommerce sites the internet has every seen. This is the story and history of Amazon.com as told through a timeline of events.

1994

Jeff Bezos incorporates his company under “Cadabra.com”

 

1995 

Amazon.com launches and officially goes live as an Online Bookstore

July- Amazon.com sells first book- Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought, by Douglas Hofstadter

 

1996

July- Amazon.com launches Associate Program. Amazon associates can place banner or text links on their site for individual books, or link directly to the Amazon home page.

1997 

May- Amazon announces IPO. Amazon starts trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol AMZN at an IPO price of US$18.00 per share

September- Amazon introduces 1-ClickTM, allowing customers to make purchases online with one click.

November- Opens Fulfillment Center in New Castle, Delaware

 

1998

 

February- Amazon launches Advantage Program

October- First International Sites are launched Amazon.co.uk (UK) and Amazon.de (Germany)

November- Opens DVD/Video Store

1999

January- Opens Fulfillment Center in Fernley, Nevada

March- Amazon.com Auctions is launched

April- Opens Fulfillment Center in Coffeyville, Kansas

May- Opens Fulfillment Centers in Campbellsville and Lexington, Kentucky

June- Amazon acquires Alexa Internet for US$250 million in Amazon stock

September- Amazon is granted “1-Click” Patent. Amazon.com Launches zShops

October- Opens Customer Service Center in Tacoma, Washington Acquires Tool Crib of the North’s Online and Catalog Sales Division

December- Jeff Bezos named Time Magazine “Person Of The Year”

2000

January- Opens Customer Service Center in Huntington, West Virginia

May- Opens Kitchen Store

August- Toys “R” Us and Amazon.com join alliances

November- Amazon Marketplace is launched. Amazon.com introduces First Free Super Saver Shipping Offer (Orders Over $100)

 

2001

April- Amazon announces Borders Group Alliance

August- Amazon.com introduces In-Store Pick Up

September- Amazon.com Travel store is opened

September- Amazon announces Target Stores Alliance

2002

January- Amazon.com reports its first net profit during 4th quarter of 2011

June- Amazon.ca is launched

July- Amazon Web Services is launched

August- Lowers Free Super Saver Shipping Threshold to $25

November- Opens Apparel & Accessories Store

2003

April- National Basketball Association Alliance

June- Launches Amazon Services, Inc. Subsidiary

September- Opens Sports & Outdoor Store

October- Launches A9.com, Inc. Subsidiary

December- Opens Health & Personal Care Store

2004

January- Introduces Presidential Candidates Feature

April- A9.com search engine goes live. Amazon.com opens Jewelry Store

May- The Bombay Company Alliance is announced

June- Opens Software Development Center in Scotland

September- Amazon acquires Joyo.com Limited. Amazon.com launches Paris Hilton Jewelry Line Exclusively on Amazon.com

November- Amazon introduces Toolbar for a Search box. Launches Amazon Theater

December- Amazon reports Busiest Holiday Season Ever

2005

Amazon Prime (Unlimited express shipping for $79 a year)

April- BookSurge LLC is acquired by Amazon.com

May- Amazon introduces Amazon Wedding

August- A9.com Launches Maps Launches Amazon Shorts Launches the First The O.C.-Branded Women’s Fashion Collection

October- Amazon’s fulfillment agreement with Drugstore.com

September- Opens Customer Service Center in Kennewick, Washington

November- Amazon launches New Gifting Experience. Amazon.com announces record-breaking Watch Sales. Amazon announces Partnership with Celebrities to Raise Money for Hurricane Victims During Holiday Shopping Season

December- Announces Customers Ordered over 108 Million Items Worldwide During 11th Holiday Season

2006

February- Launches Amazon Connect. Amazon.com announces Jewelry Sales up more than 100 percent in fourth quarter 2005. Amazon acquires Shopbop.com

March- Launches Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

April- Media Gateway Program with CustomFlix

July- Amazon.com launches Grocery Store

September- Amazon Unbox service is available, a digital video download service with DVD-quality picture. Amazon.com launches WebStore and Fulfillment by Amazon for small and medium-sized businesses.

2007

January- Amazon launches Endless.com, a shoe and handbag website that offers over 15,000 styles and free overnight shipping on all products

March- “Amazon Unbox on TiVo” becomes available, offering over 1.5 million broadband-ready TiVo subscribers access to thousands of movies and TV Shows

June- Joyo.com becomes “Joyo/Amazon” with a New Look and New Features

August- Amazon.com launches Jewelry & Watches stores internationally

September- Public Beta of Amazon MP3 is launched

October- Announces plans to open new fulfillment center in Munster, Indiana

November- Amazon introduced the first Kindle and Askville.com. Amazon Web Services offers European storage for Amazon S3. New Customer Video Reviews become available.

December- Amazon MP3 adds Warner Music Audio Downloads. Amazon.com purchases J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”

2008

January- Amazon buys Audible.com for $300 million

July- Amazon announces purchase of BoxOfficeMojo.com

August- Amazon acquires AbeBooks.com

September- Amazon launches election 2008 store,  Motorcycle & ATV Store, and New TV Show Stores

October- Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon EC2 for Windows

November- Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon CloudFront. Announces First-Ever Holiday Customer Review Team

December- Amazon Web Services introduces “Public Data Sets on AWS”

2009

January- Amazon.com launches Inauguration Store

February- Introduces Amazon Kindle 2

March- Introduces Kindle Application for iPhone and iPod Touch

April- Introduces Kindle Application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Amazon launches Xbox LIVE store

May- Introduces Kindle DX Introduces AmazonEncore

June- Introduces Tom Douglas by Pinzon

July- Amazon acquires Zappos.com for $1.2 billion. Introduces AmazonWireless and launches Outdoor Recreation Store

August- Amazon.com launches free shopping application for Android

October- Amazon launches Local Express Delivery and introduces Kindle for PC. Amazon announces Kindle is for sale in more than 100 countries

November- Announces expansion of Amazon Web Services into Asia. Kindle breaks record for sales in a single month during November

December- Amazon.com announces Textbooks Trade-In Program. Kindle breaks monthly sales record and Amazon launches the Bestsellers Archive

2010

January- Introduces Kindle DX with global wireless

February- Amazon.com announces Kindle for BlackBerry

March- Amazon introduces Kindle for Mac

April- Announces Kindle App for iPad

May- Amazon.com announces Shopping App for iPad and Kindle for Android. Amazon launches Amazon WebStore

July- Announces new generation Kindle

September- Introduces Amazon Mom Program and launches Kindle for the Web

October- Amazon acquires BuyVIP.com and introduces Heidi Klum for New Balance Collection. Endless.com launches new jewelry category

November- Launches Amazon Studios and introduces Price Check by Amazon

December- Amazon invests $175 million in local deal site LivingSocial

2011

January- Amazon.com acquires LOVEFiLM International Limited

February- Amazon.com announces Prime Instant Videos, a new benefit for Prime Members. Amazon Web Services introduces AWS CloudFormation

March-Introduces Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android.  Amazon Appstore for Android becomes available

April- Announces Amazon Deals App

May- Amazon.com now selling sore Kindle books than print Books. Amazon.com announces MYHABIT.COM.

June- Launches AmazonLocal

July- AT&T sponsors Kindle 3G. Endless.com announces International shipping to over 50 countries worldwide

August- Amazon Web Services announces Global Rollout of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Amazon introduces Kindle Cloud Reader

September- Amazon launches Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G. Amazon introduces Amazon Silk, a web browser developed for Kindle Fire

October- Amazon.com announces Third Quarter Sales up 44% to $10.88 Billion

November- Amazon introduces The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

December- Amazon Publishing to Acquire Marshall Cavendish US Children’s Books Titles

2012

January- Amazon Web Services Launches Amazon DynamoDB

February- Launches Sports Collectibles Store

March- Amazon.com agrees to acquire Kiva for a reported $775 million

April- Introduces AmazonSupply, Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace, and Amazon introduces eBooks Kindle en Español

May- Amazon Studios to Develop Original Comedy and Children’s Series for Amazon Instant Video

June- Amazon Publishing Acquires Avalon Books

July- Amazon.com introduces GameCircle and Game Connect. Amazon opens portal for International Mobile App Distribution