Hill Briefing: Breaking the Power of Big Tech

Date: 2 Sep 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR helped organize and participated in a briefing, cosponsored by more than 40 local and national economic and racial justice, small business, and antimonopoly groups, making the case for Congress to break up and regulate Big Tech. The event included opening remarks from Congressman David Cicilline followed by two lively panels. Watch! … Read More

Report: Amazon’s Monopoly Tollbooth

Date: 28 Jul 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon’s dominance of online retail means that hundreds of thousands of small businesses must rely on its site to reach customers. In this report, we find that Amazon is exploiting its gatekeeper power to extract a growing cut of the revenue earned by these sellers. It’s doing this by imposing ever-larger fees on them. This tactic is often dooming their businesses. It’s also enabling Amazon to entrench its monopoly grip on e-commerce, while expanding its dominance into logistics and advertising.… Read More

On Vergecast: Stacy Mitchell Explains How Amazon’s Dominance is More Visible During a Pandemic

Date: 1 May 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Nilay Patel, host of the Vergecast, interviewed Co-Director Stacy Mitchell on the pandemic’s disruptions to our supply chains, the importance of competition, and the growing movement to regulate Amazon.… Read More

ILSR & Allies Urge Congress to Act on Small Business Crisis

Date: 14 Apr 2020 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses shuttered by COVID-19 are at risk of closing for good in the coming weeks. To protect Main Street jobs, workers, and businesses while they hibernate and adapt to save lives during the pandemic, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has joined a range of allies in demanding a federal small business aid program that meets this moment.… Read More

How State and Local Governments Can Help Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Date: 8 Apr 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cities and states must help support businesses and working families, especially until the federal response meets the scope of the COVID-19 crisis. In some places, that’s already happening. Here are the steps local and state governments have taken so far to shelter small businesses from the virus’s vast economic turmoil.… Read More

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