Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | October 2013 (Revised July 2014)

Amazon in 2014

by Sunil Gupta

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: Online Technology; Marketing Strategy; Competitive Advantage; Retail Industry;

Citation:

Gupta, Sunil. "Amazon in 2014." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 514-056, October 2013. (Revised July 2014.)