Amazon`s Acquisition of Self-driving Car Startup Zoox

Amazon`s Acquisition of Self-driving Car Startup Zoox
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,
Amazon`s Acquisition of Self-driving Car Startup Zoox
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Abstract

The case discusses the acquisition of Zoox by Amazon. The deal was expected to help Amazon consolidate its efforts at automating its distribution network, especially its last-mile delivery service. However, many common shareholders of Zoox were not happy with the deal. They went to court and filed a lawsuit against Zoox, alleging that the proceeds of its sale were dwarfed by the bonuses paid to Zoox’s executives by Amazon. The completion of the merger deal was crucial as it would ensure the commercial launch of Zoox’s ride-hailing service by the end of 2020. The launch had already been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Issues

The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • Understand the significance of mergers and acquisitions in the context of the autonomous mobility space.
  • Explore the various motives behind the acquisition.
  • Understand the different types of M&As and the rationale behind the acquisition of Zoox by Amazon.
  • Understand the different types of synergies in M&As and what goes into ensuring the anticipated synergies are achieved

Contents

Keywords

Amazon; Zoox; Integration Strategy; Expansion Strategy; Autonomous Mobility; Different Types of Merger; Integration Challenges; Shipping Costs; Robo Vehicle;Autonomous RoboticVehicle; Zero-Emission Vehicle; Minority Shareholders; Valuation

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