Netflix has also opted to become a competitor in the set-top device arena, turning to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to put out the first “Roku” like app that allows Xbox gamers to stream the Netflix service via their console. Unfortunately, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) found out the hard way from the Qwikster disaster that the true way to get into the living rooms of its customers is to make receiving online video more convenient — not complicated!
One not-so-happy story is that of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS). This struggling retailer has tried numerous ways to get customers back into its brick and mortar stores, but to no avail. Rumor has it that the company will be closing numerous physical locations within the next year, reducing a tremendous amount of overhead expenses. What will happen with the company’s online presence remains to be seen.
Although the stock is trading near its 1-year estimated target price, it is considerably off from its 52-week high. And, with a loss per share of $2.12 ( Including heavy depreciation expense), it is not likely that shareholders of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) are raking in the profits.
But, similar to Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix clearly again appears to be on the right track as far as customer acquisition and retention, while continuing to seek ways to add even more convenient ways to utilize the company’s products and services. Regarding Barnes & Noble, it is hoped by company insiders that stronger sales from its website offerings, including content for its Nook e-reader, will help ease some of the downward pressure.
The bottom line
Although the shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are currently trading near their all-time high, the stock clearly has much more potential for upward movement in the future. While the company does not presently offer a dividend to its shareholders, an expected rise in share price would be great for stockholders of Amazon.
The article Is Amazon Big Enough to Take Over the World? originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Nauman Aly.
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