Amazon Donates 2,000 Kindle Devices to Wounded Service Members Ahead of Veterans Day and Commits to Hiring At Least 1,200

  Amazon Donates 2,000 Kindle Devices to Wounded Service Members Ahead of
  Veterans Day and Commits to Hiring At Least 1,200 Veterans in Upcoming Year

    Company named a top military-friendly employer by G.I. Jobs for second
                               consecutive year

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- November 08, 2012

Continuing its commitment to support transitioning military service women and
men, Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced a donation of 2,000 Kindle
devices to non-profit Operation Homefront to support wounded service members
and their families. The company also pledged to hire at least 1,200 veterans
in the next 12 months.

“Amazon is committed to supporting veterans as they transition from military
life to civilian life and is excited to donate 2,000 Kindle devices to the
wounded warriors at Operation Homefront, an organization dedicated to
supporting our nation’s military,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s vice president of
global customer fulfillment. “As we continue to create jobs in the U.S., we
want to ensure that our nation’s veterans know that Amazon is a destination
where they can turn their unique skillsets into a robust career.”

“Many of our service members, who faced challenges abroad, return home to find
a whole different set of trials as they work to figure out how their specific
military skill set translates into a civilian job,” U.S. Senator Patty Murray
(D-WA), Chairman of Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee said. “I applaud
companies like Amazon for committing to help our military heroes adjust to
being home by ensuring they have access to quality employment.”

Amazon currently employs hundreds of self-identified veterans in its 40 U.S.
fulfillment centers and pays its full-time, permanent employees 30 percent
more than what traditional retail store employees earn. Amazon has a team made
up of veterans that is devoted to military recruitment and offers its veteran
employees access to mentoring and career support to help them develop their
skills into long-term careers at Amazon. In 2011, Amazon launched a Virtual
Contact Center enabling employees to work from home while providing customer
service support, and has actively recruited military spouses and wounded
warriors into those roles.

“It’s very fitting that we recognize Amazon’s support of our wounded service
members and their families as we near Veterans Day,” said Jim Knotts,
president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “These Kindle devices will greatly
enhance their quality of life as they progress through their challenging
recovery process.”

Earlier today Amazon was named to the G.I. Jobs annual list of top
military-friendly employers, marking its second consecutive year on the list.
Amazon’s ongoing commitment to hiring veterans was recognized last month by
U.S. Veterans Magazine in their list of Top 100 companies recruiting veterans.
Amazon has also been recognized by Military Spouse Magazine as a top military
spouse-friendly employer.

“Once finished with military service, most veterans search to find another
meaningful mission. They want to ensure their work has a continued sense of
purpose,” said Josh Teeter, a former enlisted Army soldier who began his
Amazon career as a temporary fulfillment center associate and now leads one of
the company’s largest fulfillment centers as a general manager. “Amazon’s
commitment to hiring and developing veterans reflects its customer-centric
focus and has provided me with the career opportunities to succeed.”

To learn more about Amazon and its military recruiting, please visit

About, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest
Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company,
where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online,
and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices.
and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in
categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads;
Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel,
Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto &
Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with
access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of
business. Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever constructed
with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front
light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long battery life, and a
thin and light design. The new latest generation Kindle, the lightest and
smallest Kindle, now features new, improved fonts and faster page turns.
Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom high-definition display, exclusive
Dolby audio with dual stereo speakers, high-end, laptop-grade Wi-Fi with
dual-band support and dual-antennas/MIMO for 40% faster throughput than other
tablets, enough storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor
and graphics engine—and it is available in two display sizes—7” and 8.9”. The
large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless, and comes with
a groundbreaking $49.99 introductory 4G LTE data package. The all-new Kindle
Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster performance, twice the
memory, and longer battery life.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from
management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition,
management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential
fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal
proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality,
commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign
exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and
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