Incorporated as “Cadabra” in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, the company went online the following year as It started as an online bookstore but soon diversified into DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewellery. Apart from online retailing, Amazon also produces consumer electronics, notably the Amazon Kindle e-book reader and the Kindle Fire tablet computer, and provides cloud computing services.

A postman undertakes the lonely job of delivering mail in the Pamir Mountains, serving more than 5,000 nomads scattered around the remote western region of China, in March 2012. Photo: Xinhua 

How Trump is threatening the global postal order

The US president’s gripes that the American postal service is subsidising other countries’ trade – and singling out China – may be justified but here, as elsewhere, unilateralism is not the way forward.