Shopping with Amazon.com
Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer and one of the nation's biggest book sellers, is one of the iconic companies of the Internet era.
It was founded in 1994 by Jeffrey P. Bezos, a former financial analyst for the New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Company who, legend has it, set out on a drive from Texas to Seattle with his wife, writing an ambitious business plan for an online bookstore along the way. But books were just the beginning. Amazon soon began methodically expanding from one product category to another: CDs, movies, toys, furniture, groceries.