ILSR Submits Comments as Federal Trade Commission Embarks on a Rare Review of Its Antitrust Policy

Date: 30 Aug 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a series of hearings this fall, the Federal Trade Commission will examine whether it should be doing more to check concentrated economic power. ILSR has submitted comments to the agency that highlight the impact of concentration on independent businesses and outline the dangers of Amazon’s platform power. … Read More

In Book Review for Washington Monthly, Stacy Mitchell on “The Truth About Big Business”

Date: 24 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the July-August issue of “Washington Monthly” magazine, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell rebuts a new book’s claims that the monopolization of the U.S. economy is a good thing. As she does so, Stacy also mounts a vigorous counter-argument, explaining how economic policy has tilted the playing field in favor of bigness, but how small businesses perform critical functions that big businesses can’t.… Read More

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Date: 23 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Here, we outline five important reasons for local officials to support independent businesses, based on a growing body of research.… Read More

New Toolkit Helps Independent Businesses Advocate for Policies that Support the Local Economy

Date: 17 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When independent businesses meet with their local officials, they help build the mindset that independent businesses matter. A new Local Policy Action Toolkit created by ILSR with the Advocates for Independent Business coalition offers independent business owners and retailers concrete tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses. By advocating for policy change, independent business owners can help create a stronger local economy.… Read More

Report: Amazon’s Next Frontier: Your City’s Purchasing

Date: 10 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon recently secured a national contract that opens the way for billions of dollars in local government spending to shift to the company, but there’s been virtually no reporting on the deal. In this new report, we examine the contract and Amazon’s push to capture local government spending, and find concerns — including that the contract leaves local governments at risk of being ripped off, and sets Amazon up to expand its monopoly power. We conclude by offering examples of local governments that are choosing to reject Amazon’s deal.… Read More

As Amazon Moves to Capture Local Government Spending, Here’s What You Can Do

Date: 10 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent contract opens the way for billions of dollars in local government spending to shift to Amazon. The good news is that, for concerned citizens and public officials, Amazon’s push into the public sector offers a way to take action at the local level and start a concrete conversation about Amazon’s power and what we should do about it. In this fact sheet, we outline three strategies to use to take action.… Read More

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