From a garage in Bellevue, Washington to a presence felt worldwide, explore two decades (and counting) of Amazon milestones in seconds by clicking through the timeline below. (OK, maybe it's not the Time Machine you envisioned…but we’re working on that one, too!)
Amazon.com incorporated in July. Company headquarters?
Jeff Bezos’ garage.
Amazon sells its first book.
By the end of July,
orders have shipped
to all 50 U.S. states
and 45 countries
around the world.
Amazon Associates Program launched – the first online affiliate program of its kind.
Instant gratification reaches new heights. Amazon's 1-Click (tm) Shopping is introduced.
Amazon broadens its horizons, launching in the United Kingdom and Germany.
In December, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is named Time Magazine's "Person of
Launches amazon.fr in France, and amazon.co.jp in Japan.
Look Inside the Book introduced. Customers can now flip through thousands of books virtually.
Developers can now obtain direct access to Amazon's robust technology platform with
Amazon Web Services.
Free Super Saver Shipping now gives Amazon customers free shipping on qualifying orders year-round.
Joyo.com - the largest retailer of books, music, and games in China - is acquired.
Amazon's "all you can eat" free express shipping program, Amazon Prime, is introduced.
Small businesses enhance their offerings with Fulfillment by Amazon and WebStore by Amazon.
Amazon Kindle, the revolutionary wireless e-reader, is launched. Reading is never the same again.
Amazon introduces Video on Demand, with movies and TV
shows now available for rental or purchase online.
Two great customer-centric brands unite, when Amazon acquires Zappos.com, a leader in online apparel and footwear sales.
Amazon Mom program is introduced, providing exclusive discounts for parents.
Kindle Fire, Amazon's multimedia tablet, is announced, and launches one day earlier than expected.
Amazon acquires Kiva Systems, Inc. Robots are reportedly excited
to join the Amazon team.
President Obama tours a Fulfillment Center, meets associates, and praises Amazon as "a great example of what's possible."
Amazon Studios becomes the first digital streaming service to win
two Golden Globe awards, for
the series Transparent.
Amazon makes one-hour delivery a reality in over 25 cities across America, Europe, and Japan.
No patience required.