Activities Hobbies Amazon's Mission Statement Share PINTEREST Email Print Hobbies Frugal Living Money Management Bargain Shopping Household Savings Do-It-Yourself Grocery Savings Food Savings Beauty & Health Care Contests Couponing Freebies Fine Arts & Crafts Astrology Card Games & Gambling Cars & Motorcycles Playing Music Learn More By Barbara Farfan Barbara Farfan University of Georgia Barbara Farfan is a retail industry expert with more than 20 years as a business consultant for the retail and publishing industries. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 11/20/19 The mission statement of Amazon.com has always centered around its primary focus—the online Amazon.com customer. Since it began in 1994, Amazon.com has had a clear focus and a solitary mission. Founder Jeff Bezos has publicly referred to the Amazon.com mission statement as the guiding force behind his leadership decisions many times in the company's history. Focused on the Customer Mission Statement, Headquarters & Founders Facts About Amazon.com Online Retail. Reprinted with permission from Amazon.com It can be concluded that the success of Amazon.com as the top internet retailing company in the world is due at least in part to its unwavering commitment to this mission and the daily execution of it. The mission and vision of Amazon.com is: Our vision is to be earth's most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online. More Facts About Amazon © Barbara Farfan for About.com According to the 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient Rankings, Amazon placed first in corporate reputation for the third year in a row. The company was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos and is headquartered in Seattle. Originally, Amazon started as an online bookstore, selling college textbooks. Over time, the company added electronics, furniture, and jewelry. Now, the mega-retailer sells just about anything a customer could want online. Many people thought that Amazon would fold during the dot-com bubble burst, but the company survived and went on to become one of the biggest retailers in the United States. Over time, the company acquired several other retailers, as well. It now owns Zappos, Shopbop, Goodreads, and others. Amazon also launched its own product lines, including Kindle e-readers, Amazon Prime, Echo and Fire tablets. It also created its own television show and movie exclusives, becoming a major media conglomerate. One of the things that sets Amazon apart is its use of user-submitted reviews. Personal product reviews are encouraged, with users submitting their experience, pictures or video. This approach helps other customers make informed decisions before making a purchase. Each month, Amazon.com has over 130 million visitors. In recent years, Amazon has changed how customers expect to receive deliveries and online orders. Rather than rely on the postal service, Amazon uses independent, third-party shippers. And to accommodate rush orders, such as two-hour delivery windows or same-day shipping, Amazon hires independent contractors through their Amazon Flex program. This approach helps them nimbly react to customer needs, regardless of time of day or the day of the week. From humble and niche beginnings, Amazon has expanded to be one of the biggest and most well-respected companies in the nation. And with a growing presence in other countries, Amazon has positioned itself to be a major global company. With its advances in product offerings, original products and programming, and delivery services, Amazon shows the potential to continue to grow on an unprecedented scale. Its success is mainly attributed to its approach to its customer. As described in its mission statement, everything Amazon does is about enhancing the customer experience.