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They can also create their own groups of book suggestions and discussions. In December , the site had over , members and over 10 million books had been added. Amazon bought the company in March Lab, developers of integrated consumer electronics such as the Kindle became a subsidiary in Shelfari was a social cataloging website for books.
Shelfari users built virtual bookshelves of the titles which they owned or had read and they could rate, review, tag and discuss their books. Users could also create groups that other members could join, create discussions and talk about books, or other topics. Recommendations could be sent to friends on the site for what books to read.
Amazon bought the company in August Twitch is a live streaming platform for video, primarily oriented towards video gaming content. The service was first established as a spin-off of a general-interest streaming service known as Justin.
Its prominence was eclipsed by that of Twitch, and Justin. The site's rapid growth had been boosted primarily by the prominence of major esports competitions on the service, leading GameSpot senior esports editor Rod Breslau to have described the service as "the ESPN of esports".
Whole Foods Market is an American supermarket chain exclusively featuring foods without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. On August 23, , it was reported that the Federal Trade Commission approved the merger between Amazon. Junglee is a former online shopping service provided by Amazon that enabled customers to search for products from online and offline retailers in India.
Junglee started off as a virtual database that was used to extract information off the internet and deliver it to enterprise applications. As it progressed, Junglee started to use its database technology to create a single window marketplace on the internet by making every item from every supplier available for purchase. Web shoppers could locate, compare and transact millions of products from across the Internet shopping mall through one window.
Amazon acquired Junglee in , and the website Junglee. It curated and enabled searching for a diverse variety of products such as clothing, electronics, toys, jewelry and video games, among others, across thousands of online and offline sellers. Millions of products are browse-able, whereby the client selects a price, and then they are directed to a seller. In November , Amazon closed down Junglee.
Results generated by Amazon's search engine are partly determined by promotional fees. Amazon's localized storefronts, which differ in selection and prices, are differentiated by top-level domain and country code:. Amazon allows users to submit reviews to the web page of each product.
Reviewers must rate the product on a rating scale from one to five stars. Amazon provides a badging option for reviewers which indicate the real name of the reviewer based on confirmation of a credit card account or which indicate that the reviewer is one of the top reviewers by popularity. Customers may comment or vote on the reviews, indicating whether they found a review helpful to them.
If a review is given enough "helpful" hits, it appears on the front page of the product. In , Amazon was reported as being the largest single source of Internet consumer reviews. When publishers asked Bezos why Amazon would publish negative reviews, he defended the practice by claiming that Amazon.
There have been cases of positive reviews being written and posted by public relations companies on behalf of their clients  and instances of writers using pseudonyms to leave negative reviews of their rivals' works. Amazon has cooperated with around publishers to allow users to perform these searches.
To avoid copyright violations, Amazon does not return the computer-readable text of the book. Instead, it returns a picture of the matching page, instructs the web browser to disable printing and puts limits on the number of pages in a book a single user can access.
Additionally, customers can purchase online access to some of the same books via the "Amazon Upgrade" program. Worldwide, Amazon has "over , members" in its affiliate programs. Unlike eBay , Amazon sellers do not have to maintain separate payment accounts; all payments are handled by Amazon. A new affiliate product, aStore, allows Associates to embed a subset of Amazon products within another website, or linked to another website. In June , Amazon Seller Product Suggestions was launched rumored to be internally called "Project Genesis" to provide more transparency to sellers by recommending specific products to third-party sellers to sell on Amazon.
Products suggested are based on customers' browsing history. The Amazon sales rank ASR provides an indication of the popularity of a product sold on any Amazon locale.
It is a relative indicator of popularity that is updated hourly. Effectively, it is a "best sellers list" for the millions of products stocked by Amazon. In particular, products that experience large jumps up or down in their sales ranks may be included within Amazon's lists of "movers and shakers"; such a listing provides additional exposure that might lead to an increase in sales.
However, Amazon has now begun to release point of sale data via the Nielsen BookScan service to verified authors. Some companies have analyzed Amazon sales data to generate sales estimates based on the ASR,  though Amazon states:. Please keep in mind that our sales rank figures are simply meant to be a guide of general interest for the customer and not definitive sales information for publishers—we assume you have this information regularly from your distribution sources.
Amazon employs a multi-level e-commerce strategy. Amazon started by focusing on business-to-consumer relationships between itself and its customers and business-to-business relationships between itself and its suppliers and then moved to facilitate customer-to-customer with the Amazon marketplace which acts as an intermediary to facilitate transactions. The company lets anyone sell nearly anything using its platform. In addition to an affiliate program that lets anyone post-Amazon links and earn a commission on click-through sales, there is now a program which lets those affiliates build entire websites based on Amazon's platform.
Some other large e-commerce sellers use Amazon to sell their products in addition to selling them through their own websites. The sales are processed through Amazon. Small sellers of used and new goods go to Amazon Marketplace to offer goods at a fixed price. These are members or entities that advertise goods on Amazon who order these goods direct from other competing websites but usually from other Amazon members.
These meta sellers may have millions of products listed, have large transaction numbers and are grouped alongside other less prolific members giving them credibility as just someone who has been in business for a long time. As Amazon increases their dominance in the marketplace these drop shippers have become more and more commonplace in recent years. The store is 5, square feet and prices for all products match those on its website.
Since sales increased from Since its founding, the company has attracted criticism and controversy from multiple sources over its actions. In December , Amazon faced a backlash from small businesses for running a one-day deal to promote its new Price Check app.
One effort to squeeze the most vulnerable book publishers was known within the company as the Gazelle Project, after Bezos suggested, according to Brad Stone , "that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.
In the suit, Apple provided evidence that Amazon was selling these counterfeit Apple products and advertising them as genuine. Amazon was sourcing and selling items without properly determining if they are genuine. Amazon's state sales tax collection policy has changed over the years since it did not collect any sales taxes in its early years. In most countries where Amazon operates, a sales tax or value added tax is uniform throughout the country, and Amazon is obliged to collect it from all customers.
Proponents of forcing Amazon. However, analyst Tom Forte pointed to the fact that Amazon's payments to the USPS are not public and that their contract has a reputation for being "a sweetheart deal". Throughout the summer of , Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Amazon's wages and working conditions in a series of YouTube videos and media appearances. He also pointed to the fact that Amazon had paid no federal income tax in the previous year. The statement also charged that it was inappropriate for him to refer to SNAP as "food stamps".
Sanders congratulated the company for making this decision. Amazon has attracted widespread criticism for poor working conditions by both current employees, who refer to themselves as Amazonians,  and former employees,   as well as the media and politicians.
Loading-bay doors were not opened to allow in fresh air, because of concerns over theft. Some workers, "pickers", who travel the building with a trolley and a handheld scanner "picking" customer orders can walk up to 15 miles during their workday and if they fall behind on their targets, they can be reprimanded. The handheld scanners give real-time information to the employee on how quickly or slowly they are working; the scanners also serve to allow Team Leads and Area Managers to track the specific locations of employees and how much "idle time" they gain when not working.
The report highlights the behavior of some of the security guards, themselves being employed by a third party company, who apparently either had a neo-Nazi background or deliberately dressed in neo-Nazi apparel and who were intimidating foreign and temporary female workers at its distribution centers.
The third party security company involved was delisted by Amazon as a business contact shortly after that report. In March , it was reported in The Verge that Amazon will be removing non-compete clauses of 18 months in length from its US employment contracts for hourly-paid workers, after criticism that it was acting unreasonably in preventing such employees from finding other work.
Even short-term temporary workers have to sign contracts that prohibit them from working at any company where they would "directly or indirectly" support any good or service that competes with those they helped support at Amazon, for 18 months after leaving Amazon, even if they are fired or made redundant. A front-page article in The New York Times profiled several former Amazon employees  who together described a "bruising" workplace culture in which workers with illness or other personal crises were pushed out or unfairly evaluated.
In an effort to boost employee morale, on November 2, , Amazon announced that it would be extending six weeks of paid leave for new mothers and fathers. To increase its global competitiveness, and to better incorporate non-Japanese speakers, Rakuten decided to adopt English as the company's official language starting in In March , Rakuten announced that it would begin accepting bitcoin across its global marketplaces, shortly after investing in San Francisco-based bitcoin payments-processing startup Bitnet Technologies.
Rakuten has been a strong supporter of bitcoin's potential, and was one of the first major companies to accept bitcoin for payment.
On November 16, , Rakuten announced it had agreed to a four-year partnership with the football club FC Barcelona , one of the most successful football teams in Europe. The agreement would see Rakuten become FC Barcelona's main global partner beginning with the season, with its name appearing on match-day jerseys. Rakuten partnered with California-based Blackstorm Labs to launch an online social gaming platform called R Games in April , going live with 15 free games optimized for smartphones, including Pac-Man and Space Invaders.
Rakuten plans to integrate R Games into its messaging app Viber. Rakuten partnered with Walmart for a rather late push on e-books in January The Rakuten Group consists in total of around 70 businesses and services in addition to its online marketplace, including [ citation needed ]:. In September , the company acquired MyTrip.
In , Rakuten bought New York City-based LinkShare , later rebranded as Rakuten Marketing, offering performance-based online sales and marketing programs. Rakuten later withdrew its bid and sold its shareholding back to Tokyo Broadcasting. Rakuten's stake was not revealed. That investment marked the start of a drive to expand Pinterest's presence in Japan and Rakuten's 17 other global markets.
On 13 June , Rakuten bought Wuaki. On 10 October , Rakuten acquired French electronic publishing company Aquafadas via its Kobo subsidiary to strengthen its position in rich media categories. In May , Rakuten acquired a majority share in "citizen commerce" site Daily Grommet ,  since rebranded as The Grommet. In September , Rakuten acquired Singapore-based video site Viki. On May 29, , Rakuten Marketing acquired DC Storm, a UK-based technology company which specializes in marketing attribution modeling and data-driven marketing.
In August , Rakuten announced its purchase of Slice, a US company that provides online shopping services and sells business intelligence based on digital commerce measurement, for an undisclosed sum. Ebates offers coupons and cash rebates to customers who shop at its more than 1, partner retailers. Since , Rakuten has invested in several ride-hailing services.
In August , Rakuten confirmed that it had acquired the assets of bitcoin wallet startup Bitnet, with the assets to be used to create a research facility, Rakuten Blockchain Lab, based in Belfast that will explore the potential of the blockchain. This will be the first foray for Rakuten into the general insurance market, and Asahi will become a wholly owned subsidiary. The company provides fire, automotive and accident insurance to consumer and corporate clients.
The company announced plans to launch its own cryptocurrency in March Employees, customers and online visitors can simply click a link in a web browser to connect without needing to download new software or step through a sign-in process.