Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2013 (Revised July 2014)

Amazon in 2014

by Sunil Gupta and Margaret L. Rodriguez

Abstract

By 2013, Amazon had become one of the world's largest e-commerce players with over $60 billion in annual sales. Although its profitability had been uneven even after 18 years since its inception, its stock price had risen almost 17,000% since the company went public. During this time Amazon has spread its business across a variety of products and services that some see as unrelated. Was Amazon spreading itself too thin or were its investments positioning the company for the future?

Keywords: e-commerce; publishing;

Citation:

Gupta, Sunil, and Margaret L. Rodriguez. "Amazon in 2014." Harvard Business School Case 514-025, August 2013. (Revised July 2014.)