Big-Box Retail

Unfair Advantage: In The Sun, Stacy Mitchell Discusses Amazon and the Future of Local Economies

Unfair Advantage: In The Sun, Stacy Mitchell Discusses Amazon and the Future of Local Economies

October 25th, 2018

ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell is the subject of The Sun magazine’s featured interview this month. [...]


Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

January 11th, 2018

As a trained engineer and planner, Chuck Marohn noticed something off about the decisions many citie[...]


How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies (Episode 23)

How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies (Episode 23)

June 29th, 2017

In the latest episode of Building Local Power, guest host Stacy Mitchell, ILSR's co-director,  inter[...]


With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?

With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?

February 17th, 2016

All great empires eventually fall.  This is as true in retail as it is in geopolitics.  Often the de[...]


Key Studies: Why Local Matters

Key Studies: Why Local Matters

January 8th, 2016

In recent decades, policy across the country has privileged the biggest corporations. Yet a growing [...]


Walmart Spews a Huge Amount of Climate Pollution with Its Shipping, but Doesn’t Report Any of It

Walmart Spews a Huge Amount of Climate Pollution with Its Shipping, but Doesn’t Report Any of It

June 3rd, 2015

By Stacy Mitchell and Walter Wuthmann This piece first appeared at Grist. At Walmart’s annual [...]


Walmart Is Quietly Going on a Massive Building Spree

Walmart Is Quietly Going on a Massive Building Spree

March 23rd, 2015

This piece was written by ILSR's Walter Wuthmann, and first published by Grist. In January of las[...]


New Maps Show Alarming Pace of Walmart’s Continued Growth

New Maps Show Alarming Pace of Walmart’s Continued Growth

March 23rd, 2015

Many people assume that there’s no point in having a public debate about the consequences of Wal[...]


Walmart’s New Green Product Label Is the Most Misleading Yet

Walmart’s New Green Product Label Is the Most Misleading Yet

March 5th, 2015

This piece was written by ILSR's Stacy Mitchell, and first published by Grist. A giant, 150-foot [...]


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Statement on Walmart's Progress on Sustainability

February 24th, 2015

Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), issued the follow[...]


The Labor and Small Business Alliance Behind San Francisco’s Landmark Retail Workers Bill of Rights

The Labor and Small Business Alliance Behind San Francisco’s Landmark Retail Workers Bill of Rights

February 5th, 2015

by Stacy Mitchell and Walter Wuthmann As San Francisco labor groups campaigned late last year for[...]


Walmart is a Huge Consumer of Dirty Coal Energy

Walmart is a Huge Consumer of Dirty Coal Energy

November 21st, 2014

This article originally appeared on Grist.  Walmart has been strutting around decked out in solar[...]


New Report Reveals Walmart’s Heavy Dependency on Coal-Fired Electricity, Undermining Company’s Pledge to Be an Environmental Leader

New Report Reveals Walmart's Heavy Dependency on Coal-Fired Electricity, Undermining Company’s Pledge to Be an Environmental Leader

November 20th, 2014

Walmart’s Dependency On Coal Responsible For 8 Million Tons Of Carbon Pollution FOR IMMEDIAT[...]


New Report: Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret

New Report: Walmart's Dirty Energy Secret

November 20th, 2014

Walmart talks a lot of talk about its renewable energy initiatives, but a new ILSR report finds that[...]


In Big Win for Local Ownership, North Dakota Votes to Keep State’s Pharmacy Law

In Big Win for Local Ownership, North Dakota Votes to Keep State's Pharmacy Law

November 5th, 2014

At North Dakota polls on Tuesday, local ownership was the winner. The state voted overwhelmingly [...]