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Question:
 
Often organizations enter the marketplace with one approach and model. As the economy and
 
demands shift, and technology changes, it is important that organizations pay attention and adjust
 
with the times. This module uses the example of Amazon and how the company proactively
 
adjusted to changes in the market and changes in technology to acquire the position of number
 
two behind the iPad. Amazon continues to develop reader or iPad type technology that goes
 
beyond digital texts.
 
Amazon’s original aim was to be the world’s largest bookseller. The company currently offers
 
a wide range of products and services in addition to operations in online retail storefronts for
 
partners. The company has also developed and sold its own manufactured products such as the
 
Kindle.
 
Review the main sections of Amazon’s most recent annual report available at the following link:
 
https://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-reportsannual.
 
Respond to the following:
 
•What was the generic strategy originally applied?
 
•How has the company’s strategy changed? Which strategy applies now?
 
•How would you describe the central elements of Amazon’s strategy?
 
•What elements of low-cost provider strategy do you see?
 
•What are the elements of differentiation in the company’s strategy? For example, elements such
 
as diversification or market timing.
 
Write your initial response in approximately 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of
 
sources.

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