Books and Reports – In Depth Analysis and Reporting

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New Research: Amazon’s Monopoly Tollbooth in 2023

Date: 21 Sep 2023 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The steep and rapidly growing fees Amazon extracts from the businesses that have little choice but to rely on its site to reach customers are a striking measure of its monopoly power. These exorbitant fees are crushing many sellers, raising consumer prices, and funding Amazon’s expanding empire.… Read More

Report: The Dollar Store Invasion

Date: 28 Feb 2023 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this report, we spotlight communities rising up against dollar chains and how federal policymakers need to address the ways in which misguided policies are fueling the destructive proliferation of dollar stores. … Read More

Boxed Out: How Big Retailers are Flexing Their Supply Chain Power to Kill Off Small Businesses

Date: 22 Sep 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Powerful retailers are killing off small businesses by dominating supply chains. Our new report argues it’s time to revive the Robinson-Patman Act and restore antitrust enforcement against predatory buying.… Read More

Report: How New Federal Antimerger Guidelines Can Roll Back Corporate Concentration and Build Local Power

Date: 29 Jun 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice announced plans to revise their merger guidelines, setting the stage for a new era in antitrust regulation. ILSR’s new report details how new federal antimerger guidelines can restore competition and build local power. … Read More

Issue Brief: Handcuffed by the Courts

Date: 8 Mar 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Beginning in the late 1970s, a series of Supreme Court cases upended U.S. antitrust laws — laws that were once the linchpin of a comprehensive, democratic check on corporate power. This issue brief traverses the history and argues that Congress must take action to undo these pro-monopoly decisions.… Read More

Report: Small Business’s Big Moment

Date: 24 Jan 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the biggest challenges facing America’s towns and cities is leveling the playing field for small businesses. Our new report shows how civic leaders can use the American Rescue Plan to do just that, which will provide communities and local economies with lasting benefits for decades to come. … Read More

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

Issue Brief: How Amazon Exploits and Undermines Small Businesses, and Why Breaking It Up Would Revive American Entrepreneurship

Date: 16 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In splashy campaigns and lobbying at the Capitol, Amazon claims that it has “a mutually beneficial relationship” with the small businesses that depend on its platform. This fact sheet tells the real story, and explains what Congress needs to do. … Read More

Special Delivery: Our Report Shows How Local Delivery Services are Superior to the Big Apps

Date: 25 May 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Unlike the predatory Wall Street-backed apps, local delivery services charge lower fees, support restaurants, keep wealth in the community, and demonstrate that when it comes to food delivery, local delivery models are better and more efficient.… Read More

Rebuilding Small Business for a Robust Recovery: A Federal Policy Agenda

Date: 3 Dec 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this policy brief, we argue that moving aggressively to rebuild small, independent businesses and reverse the concentration of corporate power would produce a more vigorous, equitable, and stable recovery. We lay out two dozen policy recommendations across a 6-point agenda to enable independent businesses to weather the pandemic and thrive and grow in its aftermath. … Read More

Policy Brief: Local and State Governments Have Marshalled $9.27 Billion for Small Business Relief

Date: 19 Oct 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our research has found that cities, counties, states, and community organizations have established more than 800 programs to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the wake of the pandemic. These programs have deployed more than $9.27 billion in grants and loans. Yet the funds are running out. Congress should address the unprecedented crisis facing small business by quickly providing the resources local governments need to do this important work.… Read More

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