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AUGUST 6, 2020 | EDITION 012
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Hi, Sellers! This week all the news is about Amazon! Let's dive in! First, Amazon crushed it during last week's earnings call. That was no surprise, given that so many consumers shifted to online shopping during the pandemic, but they went well beyond expectations:
Amazon's earnings per share was $10.30 vs. the $1.32 analysts expected.
Net sales increased 40% to $88.9 Billion in Q2 2020, compared with $63.4 Billion in Q2 2019.
Amazon's stock has soared nearly 80% since its low in March.
Over the past 12 months, Amazon has shown a total return of 55.6% compared with 9.5% for the S&P 500.
And, throughout Q2, Amazon invested heavily in multiple areas, such as:
COVID-19 infection management ($4 Billion): supporting front-line employees ($500 Million).
Investing in communities by donating millions of masks, thousands of contactless; partnering with food banks and schools to deliver millions of meals to seniors and families across the U.S.; launching fun, interactive initiatives for kids through Camp Prime - free for Prime members.
Empowering Small and Medium-Sized Businesses through investment, support initiatives, and more.
Protecting the planet by launching The Climate Pledge Fund with an initial $2 Billion in funding to help support companies working towards a zero carbon economy.
Earlier this week, and after earnings were reported, Jeff Bezos cashed out on some of his Amazon stock. He sold another $3.1 Billion in shares bringing his 2020 stock sale total to $7.1 Billion (so far) and he is still sitting on 54,000,000 million shares.
And, last but not least, Amazon's first Prime Day kicks off today in India and there are a few changes due to the ongoing pandemic. Customers can still find the great discounts and deals on hundreds of exclusive products, as well as new product launches and special cash back offers, but much of the promotion is being done virtually this year instead of at a central location - all part of the new reality of safety during a pandemic. It's also encouraging to see that Amazon UK is providing tips and pointers to UK sellers. It will be interesting to see how this first Prime Day goes elsewhere and how it might impact Prime Day here in the U.S.
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