Amazon: 2024 The World’s Most Powerful Economic and Cultural Force

Amazon: The World’s Most Powerful Economic and Cultural Force


Amazon (AMZN) is a more complex phenomenon than a highly successful marketplace selling its items and enabling third-party vendors to use its platform to sell its products. It is a multinational technology company relying on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. Amazon enjoys a reputation as the world’s most influential economic and cultural force. It is also a brand that sets the rules and commands respect even among its FANG peers, Meta (formerly Facebook), Netflix, and Alphabet/Google, which have demonstrated massive growth in recent years.


Read on to see statistics testifying to Amazon’s impressive development over the years and learn more facts about the company. The numbers in the article below demonstrate why Amazon is rightly considered a rare and unparalleled phenomenon in the e-commerce sector and beyond.

Facts about Amazon

There are probably few people in the world who do not know what Amazon is. Anyone who ever searched for a product to buy online was directed to this retailer. As Amazon constantly grabs the headlines in the news about financial markets or wealthy businesses, even those who do not shop on the internet have still heard about Amazon’s success or Jeff Bezos’s riches. Yet, although Amazon is constantly in the news, there are some less widely circulated facts about the company. They are listed below:

  • Despite starting as a bookseller, is a tech company whose business centers around simplifying online transactions for customers.
  • Amazon owns a wide range of products: Amazon Game Studio, Amazon Drive, a cloud storage application, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), a comprehensive cloud platform, used by many technology representatives worldwide.
  • Amazon owns the One Click trademark, patented in 1999. This patent expired in the United States on September 11, 2017, and has not been renewed yet.
  • Amazon owns over 40 subsidiaries and brands, the most well-known of which are Whole Foods, audio-book seller Audible, book review site GoodReads, and live-streaming platform Twitch.
  • Amazon gives money to charities through Amazon Smile. People shopping on, which offers the same items and prices as Amazon, contribute 0.5% of eligible purchases to their chosen charitable organizations.
  • In 2012, Amazon acquired Kiva Systems, a robotic company, for $775 million. Over 200,000 mobile robots now work in the Amazon warehouse network, carrying product shelves to workers and reading barcodes on the ground for directions.
  • Amazon has its brick-and-mortar counterpart, Amazon Books, which integrates online and offline shopping. Amazon’s first physical book store opened in 2015 in Seattle, near the University of Washington.

Amazon Statistics in 2022

Billions of people are familiar with the Amazon brand, while millions are its customers. More than 89% of US buyers agree that they would rather buy products from Amazon than other e-commerce sites. As Forbes once stated, “Amazon has earned our trust by delivering the products we want, on time, intact, in the same branded brown boxes—consistently.”

As the popularity of Amazon grows at a rapid rate, many predict that soon it will steal the show from tech giants Microsoft, Tesla, and Alphabet. The latest statistics presented below highlight Amazon’s potential to become the number one company in the world:

  • Amazon is worth over $1.105 trillion as of 2022.
  • Having a brand value of $350 billion, Amazon is second only to Apple, leaving Google and Microsoft behind.
  • In 2022, Amazon has 300 million active users.
  • Among these active users, 197 million people visit every month.
  • Amazon ships to more than 100 countries, excluding Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
  • Over 200 million people globally have an Amazon Prime subscription.
  • There are over 157.4 million Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States.
  • Amazon Prime is available in 22 countries.
  • Amazon Prime video, the second-largest streaming service in the world, has over 205 million subscribers.
  • Around 25.21 billion US dollars is generated yearly from membership services.
  • In 2021, Amazon Prime Day sales amounted to $11.19 billion.
  • On average, Prime subscribers spend $1,400 per year.
  • receives 2.2 billion visits per month.
  • Amazon owns more than 90% market share in five product categories: Batteries (97%), Kitchen & Dining (94%), Home Improvement Tools (93%), Golf (92%), and Skin Care (91%).
  • Amazon boasts nearly 50% share of the US e-commerce market, which is more than triple the combined shares of its main competitors: eBay (6.6%), Apple (3.9%), and Walmart (3.7%).
  • In 2021, almost 2 million SMBs operated as Amazon’s third-party sellers. Half of Amazon’s American partners use the FBA service, as it offers at least 30% lower shipping costs.
  • Every quarter of 2021, about 56% of Amazon’s revenue came from third-party sellers.
  • Amazon sellers earn between $26,000 and $810,000 annually.
  • On average, small and medium-sized businesses in the US sell more than 4,000 items per minute.
  • Amazon has 1.2 million employees in 2022. Amazon employment statistics show that the number of employees this year almost doubled from the number registered in the fourth quarter of 2019 when it was 789,000.
  • Amazon hired 270,000 new employees in the second half of 2021 to help provide its one-day and same-day delivery services.
  • In 2021, Amazon’s advertising revenue was about $31 billion.

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