That novel you bought 18 years ago? It's part of the company's business model.
By Jane Porter, contributing writer
FORTUNE -- Jeff Bezos may be tight-lipped when it comes to talking numbers, but the Amazon (AMZN) chief executive made it clear where the real value of the Kindle lies for his company: "We want to make money when people use our devices -- not when people buy our devices," he wrote MOREDec 18, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Paid product ads appear to be working wonders for the tech company during its most lucrative quarter.
FORTUNE -- The winter holiday season is crunch time for retailers everywhere. Often, it's the difference between a profitable year and one that ends in the red. On the Web, one company is not selling goods, but still profiting handsomely anyway: Google.
The Internet search and advertising giant has long seen an uptick in business in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Dec 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
For Jess Lee, the co-founder and chief executive of fashion discovery website Polyvore, leadership is always on trend.
FORTUNE—Jess Lee, the 31-year-old CEO and co-founder of fashion discovery site Polyvore, is party natty, part nerd: she has a Bachelors of Science in computer science from Stanford University, is a former product manager at Google, and runs a website that helps people discover and shop for fashion, beauty, and home décor products MOREChanelle Bessette - Nov 20, 2013 10:43 AM ET
The e-commerce giant's latest quarter was more of the same in some respects -- not necessarily a bad thing.
FORTUNE -- Amazon (AMZN) has long focused on heavy investments into expansion, even at the expense of its bottom line, and the company's latest quarter proved no different.
For the e-commerce giant's third quarter 2013, it reported a loss of 9 cents per share on sales of $17.09 billion. While the loss was expected, the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 24, 2013 6:42 PM ET
A slew of young startups have embraced a subscription model wherein customers receive a box of items at their doorstep -- but can the model have lasting success?
By Andres Vaamonde, reporter
FORTUNE -- Maybe the best things do come in small packages. In an age when consumers can get nearly everything they want online, a number of small new companies are gaining traction not by sending consumers precisely what MOREJul 9, 2013 3:26 PM ET
High-tech meets low-tech (bike messengers!) as new Chinese consumers embrace online shopping.
By Scott Cendrowski, writer
FORTUNE -- Just as cash-strapped consumers in the developing world bypassed so-called landline phones in favor of mobile devices, so China's lower-income consumers are skipping physical stores in favor of e-commerce sites.
A recent report by McKinsey & Co. shows that e-commerce sales in China reached an estimated $190 billion last year, almost equaling the U.S. MOREMay 20, 2013 11:12 AM ET
Yes, Groupon's whimsy-prone founder is gone. That doesn't mean the e-commerce company has changed its ambitions much.
FORTUNE -- Eric Lefkofsky does not know what became of Montgomery Ward & Co., the iconic Chicago catalog merchandiser and retailer that was built to last more than 100 years.
I am of two minds on his knowledge gap. On the one hand, you'd think that the man whose several companies, including the much-criticized deal-promotion site MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - May 9, 2013 7:22 AM ET
Few stocks involve more guessing than Amazon. The company is tightfisted when it comes to disclosing data or metrics.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- No matter how much research is done before an investment, there always remains a little bit of faith when it comes time to place a trade. People may mock analysts when their forecasts are off, but the analysts who aren't pressured by their firms to dress up MOREKevin Kelleher - May 9, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Expect a big jump in sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. Online, sales from mobile platforms are expected to surge 110%.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE – Some day in the future, anthropologists may be able to explain the bizarre shopping rituals of the 21st Century American consumer during the holiday season: Why, for example, so many people look for bargains on one day – Black Friday – MORENov 19, 2012 11:27 AM ET
As the Web grows more social and more mobile, women - entrepreneurs and users - are heeding the call.
By Jennifer Alsever, contributor
FORTUNE -- It's a woman's World Wide Web. Today's online experience is increasingly about connecting with people and sharing information -- and female users have responded enthusiastically. Some 56% of Twitterers are women; they are more than half of Facebook subscribers; and they make up 70% of Pinterest's MOREOct 1, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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