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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2017

America’s Major Market Power Problem – Episode 13 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/market-power-problem-episode-13-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode thirteen of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast, click here. In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the ILSR and director of the Community-Scaled Economies initiative. The two discuss the environment for small businesses in the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2017

Does Amazon Control the Internet, or Does it Just Feel That Way?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/does-amazon-control-the-internet-or-does-it-just-feel-that-way/

USA Today – March 1, 2017 By Elizabeth Weise SAN FRANCISCO — It’s really not true that Amazon controls the Internet, though it can sometimes feel like it — especially after Tuesday’s four-hour Internet backend outage that slowed or stopped bits and pieces of tens of thousands of websites from loading. To paraphrase the German statesman Klemens… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2017

The Tax Loophole Behind Amazon’s Rapid Growth

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-tax-loophole-behind-amazons-rapid-growth/

The Epoch Times – February 23, 2017 By Emel Akan Ever wonder how online retailer Amazon can compete with everybody on price? It’s not just about economies of scale. For many years, Amazon enjoyed a competitive advantage by avoiding the collection of sales tax in many U.S. states. The company became the world’s largest online retailer… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2017

As Amazon Opens Physical Stores, Walmart-like Scrutiny Will Follow

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/as-amazon-opens-physical-stores-walmart-like-scrutiny-will-follow/

San Francisco Chronicle – February 23, 2017 By Thomas Lee Growing up in rural Indiana, Lowell Goss recalls with some sadness how the arrival of Walmart supercenters signaled the end of Main Street small businesses. He sees the same thing happening today, only this time the culprit is Amazon. The online giant recently opened an… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Amazon And Google May Face Antitrust Scrutiny Under Trump

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-and-google-may-face-antitrust-scrutiny-under-trump/

Forbes – February 8, 2017 By Sally Hubbard Powerful tech platforms have platform privilege – the incentive and ability to prioritize their own products and services over those of competitors. In my last Washington Bytes post, I wrote about Facebook competing against news publishers that depend on its platform to reach customers. In the same way,… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2017

How Amazon Undermines Jobs, Wages, and Working Conditions (Fact Sheet)

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ILSR and Jobs with Justice partnered to produce a fact sheet that looks at how Amazon is undermining wages and conditions for working people, and driving growing inequality. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2017

When It Comes to Working People, Amazon Isn’t Innovative at All

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-workers/

When shoppers interact with Amazon, they see an innovator. But behind the scenes, Amazon relies on a labor model that looks a lot more like the past than the future, with fewer reliable jobs, declining wages, and increasing inequality. We’ve partnered with Jobs With Justice to produce an article and fact sheet that breaks down how this powerful corporation is undermining working people — and what we need to do. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2017

Press Release: Questions Grow About Amazon’s Impact on U.S. Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-questions-grow-about-amazons-impact-on-u-s-economy/

Institute for Local Self-Reliance FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday February 2nd, 2017 Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer, stumolanger@ilsr.org, 612-844-1330 Liz Cattaneo, liz@jwj.org, 202-352-3263 From Declining Wages to Stagnant Opportunity, Amazon Drives Alarming Trends As Amazon Prepares to Release Q4 Earnings, Questions Grow About Impact on U.S. Economy Amazon’s earnings on Thursday are expected to show that the corporation… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2017

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Speaks with The Capitol Forum about Amazon’s Economic Effects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-speaks-with-the-capitol-forum-about-amazon/

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell recently spoke about the economic impacts of Amazon in a conference call with editors and subscribers of The Capitol Forum, a news and analysis service for policymakers and others involved with issues of market competition. Here are some highlights from the conversation. Continue reading