In the latest bit of slick news from Amazon, they are now bargaining with companies to purchase stock at reduced rates, know about takeover offers, and have a chance to counteroffer. Yes, it seems that they’ve been doing this for a long time, but only recently started doing this as a deal maker/breaker for their vendors. Amazon is diversifying wherever they can, including stakes in other companies. It’ll be interesting to watch how this unfolds, but it reminds me of The Fifth Element where the bad guy owned a part of almost everything.
Certain suppliers are asked to give Amazon the right to buy shares at potentially lower-than-market rates as part of their contract. Some companies say it’s an offer they can’t refuse; Amazon says the deals are tied to it providing large amounts of business to the vendors.