New Report: Amazon’s Toll Road

Date: 1 Dec 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon is exploiting its position as a gatekeeper to impose steep and growing fees on the small businesses that must rely on its site to reach the online market, our new report finds. Even as these exorbitant fees bankrupt sellers, they are generating huge profits for Amazon, a fact that the tech giant conceals in its financial reports. These profits are not only the spoils of Amazon’s monopoly power. They are the essential fuel that feeds its market-domination strategies.… Read More

Hardware Group Says Big Tech Bills are an Urgent Opportunity for Small Businesses

Date: 5 Aug 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Co-Director Stacy Mitchell joined Dan Tratensek — of the North American Hardware and Paint Association on the association’s podcast — about how incredible the current moment is for small business, both in Washington and at the local level. We have come far, but the next few months are critical for moving the House’s historic antitrust legislation to break up and regulate Amazon. Join us and get involved with Small Business Rising.… Read More

Congressional Testimony: How Concentrated Corporate Power Undermines Shared Prosperity

Date: 14 Jul 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, July 14th. She spoke about how the U.S. has abandoned its antimonopoly policies, which has undermined independent businesses and the vital role they play in our economy and democracy.… Read More

Statement: Biden Repudiates Decades of Pro-Monopoly Policies and Takes a Major Step Toward Restoring Fair Markets for Small Businesses, Farmers, and Workers

Date: 9 Jul 2021 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In today’s speech and executive order, President Biden forcefully rebuked the destructive antitrust framework that has allowed monopoly power to grow unchecked for more than 40 years. The order includes more than 70 specific provisions, many of which reflect ILSR’s long-standing work and priorities. It marks a major turning point. … Read More

Statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s Vote Approving Legislation to Break Up and Rein In Big Tech

Date: 24 Jun 2021 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“There’s no doubt in my mind that American democracy will ultimately prevail over the outsized power of Big Tech,” said ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell. “Today’s bipartisan vote was a clear sign of the gathering momentum to break up Amazon and the other tech giants.”… Read More

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