The Internet retailer has grown from an online bookstore to a major company that’s a fierce competitor to Wal-Mart and Apple.
Amazon employees enjoy a sunny day on the company's sprawling campus in downtown Seattle. Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com was named after the river in South America and began as an online bookstore. It quickly expanded to sell CDs, DVDs, toys, clothing and various other products. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post Buy Photo