Amazon began in Jeff Bezos' garage in Bellevue, Washington, on July 5, 1994. It was originally conceived as a bookstore, but four years later. In 1998, the website started offering music and videos. At this time, the company, still true to its original conception, began its international expansion by incorporating online bookstores in the UK and Germany. By 1999, the website began offering video games, electronics, software and a very wide range of products.
When Jeff Bezos first conceived the idea of Amazon, he originally decided to call it "Cadabra," which derived from "abracadabra." When he spoke to an attorney about registering the company, the lawyer mentioned the fact that "Cadabra" sounded too much like "cadaver," which could be misconstrued by the public. Soon enough, they settled on Amazon as a nod to the Amazon River because they wanted their selection to be as vast as the river.
Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in 2015 as a tribute to the company's origins. Although it would seem people can buy just about anything on Amazon, there are several items the company doesn't sell, including houses, automobiles, cigarettes and living animals. And for those who like to avoid Amazon, it should be mentioned that the company owns 41 different brands, including Goodreads, Whole Foods, and Audible, among others. Additionally, they own IMDb.com and Zappos.com, together with Souq.com, an e-commerce website that serves Middle Eastern countries, so any time you shop at any of these, you are helping Amazon increase its revenue.
As of 2020, Amazon had about 200,000 employees, many of which bring their pets to work. At the campus in Seattle, about 6,000 dogs "work" for Amazon. The company is outstandingly pet friendly, and one of the buildings in Seattle has a deck dedicated to dogs with a fake fire hydrant for them.