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The FTC is Approving a Merger that Will Help Staples and Amazon Cripple Independent Businesses

Date: 26 Feb 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The FTC recently gave Staples the green light to buy one of the two wholesalers that sell to independent office supply dealers. The decision hardly made a blip in the news cycle. But it sheds enormous insight into the origins of the big-get-bigger U.S. economy.
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Race and the Economy: A Structural Problem (Episode 66)

Date: 21 Feb 2019 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Stacy Mitchell speaks with Maurice BP-Weeks, co-director of the Action Center on Race and the Economy. Stacy and Maurice discuss how our current economic structure is built on extracting wealth from people of color. … Read More

New Maps Show Alarming Pattern of Dollar Stores’ Spread in U.S. Cities

Date: 20 Feb 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Original maps from eight U.S. cities show how numerous dollar stores have become in urban America and reveal a striking pattern between dollar store locations and neighborhood income and race. We discuss each local context, presenting evidence for why these patterns have emerged and how some cities are beginning to check the spread of dollar chains. … Read More

How Amazon Gets What it Wants: Stacy Mitchell on Chris Hayes’ Podcast

Date: 23 Jan 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell appeared on MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ podcast, “Why Is This Happening?” The two discuss how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, its now all-encompassing presence in consumer goods, retail, and cloud computing, and its much bigger ambitions beyond.… Read More

Will Santa Sleigh the Monopolies? (Episode 62)

Date: 27 Dec 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chris Mitchell is joined by ILSR Co-Directors Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell for a year in review. They discuss developments in the movement against corporate concentration, Amazon’s stranglehold on the economy, batteries as a game changer in the energy world, and more. … Read More

Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns. One Community Is Showing How to Fight Back.

Date: 6 Dec 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Although dollar stores sometimes fill a need in places that lack basic retail services, there’s growing evidence that these stores are not merely a byproduct of economic distress. They’re a cause of it. In small towns and urban neighborhoods alike, dollar stores are leading full-service grocery stores to close. And their strategy of saturating communities with multiple outlets is making it impossible for new grocers and other local businesses to take root and grow.… Read More

The Impact of Dollar Stores and How Communities Can Fight Back (Fact Sheet)

Date: 6 Dec 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

National dollar store chains, including Dollar General and Dollar Tree, have seen huge growth over the past decade. These stores are also feeding more Americans than Whole Foods is. New research from ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative documents the rapid rise of dollar stores and their damaging effects on the local economies of cities and small towns. Explore our two-page fact sheet to learn more about dollar store impacts and strategies to take action.… Read More

How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business (Episode 60)

Date: 29 Nov 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We talk with Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona, about her organization’s pioneering work to strengthen Arizona’s entrepreneurs and its local economy. … Read More

On WNYC’s On the Media, Stacy Mitchell Talks Antitrust’s Past and Future

Date: 21 Nov 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell appeared as a guest on the WNYC radio program On The Media for a segment entitled “Making America Antitrust Again.” Stacy talked with host Brooke Gladstone about our country’s history of breaking up big corporations, the rise of Amazon, and where our growing anti-monopoly movement is headed.… Read More

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