Report: Amazon has ‘stranglehold’ on online retail market

Date: 30 Nov 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – November 30, 2016

by Daniel Demay

Though it’s hardly a secret that has become a major force in online retail, a new report found impacts of the company’s growth that go far beyond its “stranglehold” on the market.

The report, released by the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) — a nonprofit that promotes equitable and sustainable local economies — took a dim view of Amazon’s methods of doing business, arguing the company’s 46 percent share of the online retail market in the U.S. is not only stifling competition and displacing retail jobs, but also weakening community bonds.

“Amazon represents nothing less than a new wave of economic disruption,” said Stacy Mitchell, co-director of ILSR and one of the authors of the report, during a press call Tuesday morning. “We argue that Amazon represents a novel and dangerous threat to competition.”

But Amazon’s increasingly vertical integration — combining businesses like cloud computing, shipping, manufacturing and even generating its own electricity — is going past just making it hard to compete, the report argues; Amazon has a growing share of control over even accessing the market

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment on the report.

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Nick Stumo-Langer was Communications Manager at ILSR working for all five initiatives. He ran ILSR's Facebook and Twitter profiles and builds relationships with reporters. He is an alumnus of St. Olaf College and animated by the concerns of monopoly power across our economy.