Amazon.com Inc.'s $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Market is the largest acquisition in the company's history. The Seattle company launched as an online-only book store, but has since delved into selling groceries, producing television shows, and developing consumer electronics.
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Here are some of the company's largest acquisitions, according to data from Thomson Reuters, to date that have helped shape its identity as a online behemoth:
Twitch Interactive Inc.: The August 2014 purchase of Twitch for $970 million brought Amazon deeper into video streaming as it gained an online platform popular for broadcasts of video gameplay.
Zappos.com Inc.: The July 2009 purchase of Zappos for $930.1 million helped Amazon expand its share in the market for shoes, clothing and accessories.
Kiva Systems Inc.: The March 2012 purchase of Kiva Systems for $775 million helped Amazon bring more automation to its warehouses and improve efficiency in order fulfillment.
Quidsi Inc.: The November 2010 purchase of Quidsi--the owner of Diapers.com and Soap.com--for $545 million pushed Amazon deeper into selling consumer goods such as paper towels and toilet paper.
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Elemental Technologies Inc.: The October 2015 purchase of Elemental Technologies for $296 delivered Amazon a company that could help improve its cloud video-streaming platform.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc.: The May 2016 deal to take up to a 30% stake in Atlas Air for $397.6 million helped Amazon expand its fleet of delivery jets in an effort to reduce its reliance on third-party carriers to speed delivery times.
Alexa Internet Inc.: The April 1999 purchase of Alexa Internet for $257 million delivered a company whose web navigation service would allow Amazon.com to track which sites its users visit and improve purchase recommendations based on that information.
Exchange.com Inc.: After concluding talks with Barnes and Noble Inc., Amazon bought Exchange for $252.6 million in April 1999 to expand its collections of rare and out-of-date books and music.
Audible Inc.: The January 2008 purchase of audiobook seller Audible for $280 million helped Amazon add to its digital media offerings.
*Amazon's largest acquisition prior to Whole Foods was the $1.16 billion purchase of a large chunk of its Seattle headquarters in 2012 from Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc.
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June 16, 2017 17:38 ET (21:38 GMT)