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10 Things you never knew about Amazon.com

  • Amazon was supposed to be named "Cadabra" (as in "Abracadabra") and "Relentless". Now, Relentless.com redirects directly to Amazon.com.
  • Amazon's warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic Pools.
  • The first book Amazon.com ever sold was from Bezos' garage in July 1995. The book was Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies.
  • Last year, when Amazon's site went down for 49 minutes the company missed sales of nearly $5.7 million.
  • In Amazon’s early days a bell would ring in the office every time someone made a purchase. Within a few weeks, they had to take it down due to frequent ringing.
  • Amazon once listed a book about flies for $23,698,655.93.
  • Despite being the CEO, Bezos only makes $81,840 per year. But he owns almost 87 million shares in the company valued at $23.5 billion, 20th richest in the world
  • Amazon employs over 150,000 people across the globe.
  • Amazon.com Incorporated installed over 15,000 robots in its U.S. warehouses to cut its operating costs and quickly deliver packages.
  • Amazon.com is developing a futuristic delivery system, Prime Air, which would let Amazon deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes using small drones.

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