Amazon, which makes everything from books to movies, has been an extremely profitable company since it was founded in 1999, with annual revenue of $7.5 billion in 2017.
Amazon is the largest internet retailer, with a market cap of about $55 billion.
Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has been very vocal about how the company is doing, with Bezos recently telling investors that Amazon had “permanently eclipsed [Walmart] as the most profitable company in the world,” and that Amazon was making more money than “every other company in America.”
Bezos has said Amazon has grown to $10 billion in revenue, up from $6.8 billion in 2018.
But Amazon’s stock price has continued to fall as the company’s business model has become more and more focused on selling books, movies, and other services.
According to research firm Morningstar, Amazon’s sales are down 30 percent from last year, while its profit has dropped 40 percent.
Amazon said that it expects to make $5.5 trillion in profits in 2019, down from $7 trillion in 2018, and that it is “still more than 50 percent of the way” to hitting its goal of $200 billion in annual revenue by 2019.
Amazon has been working to change its business model to become more competitive with its competitors, and recently announced it is working with several startups to develop a new cloud platform that will give it access to its huge data centers, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Wall Street Times reports that Amazon is “in the early stages of developing a new platform that can compete with Google and other companies.”
“The company has been aggressively pursuing cloud computing, with the intent of driving down costs for customers,” the WSJ reported.
“The move has also pushed Amazon into a much bigger cloud than it has been accustomed to, with plans to take over about 50 percent more of the cloud market by 2020.”
However, the WSN noted that Amazon has faced significant resistance to its cloud plans from traditional media companies.
“Amazon has long had a fierce relationship with traditional media,” the paper said.
“In fact, Amazon is now one of the largest media companies in the United States, with more than 200 million customers, more than 1.3 million employees, and more than $3 billion in advertising revenue annually.
It has also been a dominant player in the film industry, with studios and studios affiliated with Amazon owning an average of nearly 20 percent of all film studios in the U.S. in 2018.”
The WSJ continued, “But the company has also had to navigate the increasingly fierce competition from other internet services, such as Netflix and Facebook, as well as technology companies like Apple and Google.
Amazon also has been hit with several patent lawsuits that have left it struggling to secure the rights to key technology.
The company’s cloud services are also facing competition from Microsoft, which has become a major player in cloud computing services and its own online video streaming service, Amazon Prime Video.”
Amazon also faces a difficult challenge in growing its business in areas like cloud computing and the cloud services it offers to users.
Amazon has struggled to attract users to its services, while Microsoft has enjoyed significant market share in the past decade.”
Amazon’s stock has plummeted since its earnings announcement in May 2018, when the company reported that its operating profit was $2.7 billion, down 23 percent from a year earlier. “
Amazon is also struggling to grow its business overseas, as its main competitors, including Google, have been pushing for greater access to their cloud services, including cloud computing,” the newspaper reported.
Amazon’s stock has plummeted since its earnings announcement in May 2018, when the company reported that its operating profit was $2.7 billion, down 23 percent from a year earlier.
Analysts believe that Amazon’s growth has slowed dramatically in the last few years, with revenue falling 31 percent from its peak of $9.4 billion in 2016.
The stock has been trading below its pre-crash price of $110 in 2019.
Amazon had revenue of about $7.1 billion in 2019 before the stock price crashed below $10.
Amazon was able to turn a profit despite slowing sales and a $3.7 million writedown in 2020, according to the WSJD.
In 2020, Amazon was valued at $19.3 billion, up $4.5 million from its precrash valuation.
The Wall Street Post reported that Amazon plans to introduce a cloud service in 2019 that will let it offer cloud computing to millions of users at no extra cost.
Other companies have tried to compete with Amazon in the cloud space, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), a cloud-based services provider, and Amazon Cloud Drive, a cloud storage service.
A large portion of Amazon’s revenue comes from selling books.
According to the Wall Streets Journal, Amazon also recently introduced a new video streaming platform, Amazon Video, that will allow it to stream content from major streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO