Amazon's Acquisition of Self-driving Car Startup Zoox

Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
Case Code: BSTR622
Case Length: 12 Pages
Period: 2015-2020
Pub Date: 2021
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.250
Organization: Amazon, Inc.
Industry: e-commerce
Countries: United States
Themes: M&A, Diversification Strategy,
Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
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The first half of 2020 saw almost all the nations around the world becoming affected by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The US was the worst-affected as millions became infected and thousands died due to the deadly virus. Economic activities slowed down, the unemployment rate went up, and the share market wentsouth. It was in such tough market conditions that Aicha Evans (Evans), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of self-driving car start-up Zoox Inc. (Zoox) in the US, was trying hard to generate funds for the company. Zoox was burning cash at the rate of US$30 million per month and was expected to run out of cash by July 2020..

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