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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Press Release: Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

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

The Deal Would Lessen Competition and Allow Amazon to Expand Its Dominance of Online Commerce FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday June 16, 2017 Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer, stumolanger@ilsr.org, 612-844-1330 In response to Amazon’s announced acquisition of Whole Foods, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, made the following statement: “Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2017

ILSR Report on “Monopoly Power and the Decline Small Business” Receives Award for Antitrust Scholarship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-report-on-monopoly-power-and-the-decline-small-business-receives-award-for-antitrust-scholarship/

A report published by ILSR is recognized as “Best Antitrust and Small Business Article” as part of the annual Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2017

Listen: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in conversation about Amazon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-msnbcs-chris-hayes-and-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-in-conversation-about-amazon/

In this 45-minute discussion, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talk about Amazon — including its power as an online platform, the importance of competition for a healthy economy, and the need for a public policy response to the company’s growing dominance. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 16, 2017

Monadnock initiative seeks to boost local businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monadnock-initiative-seeks-to-boost-local-businesses/

New Hampshire Business Review – May 16, 2017 By Nicole Colson A Monadnock Region initiative aimed at adopting policies designed to level the playing field for locally owned businesses is being developed in hopes it will serve as a statewide model. The Complete Economy Project, spearheaded by Monadnock Buy Local, is an effort by citizens… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2017

In the Age of Amazon, Independent Maine Retailers Aren’t Extinct

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-the-age-of-amazon-independent-maine-retailers-arent-extinct/

Maine Public Radio – May 3, 2017 By Lisa Bartfai Online shopping is hard to beat — price, selection, free shipping. That’s great for consumers, but very hard on local brick-and-mortar stores, and even on larger retail chains, who are closing their doors after years of operation. But some small retailers have found a way… Continue reading

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

How Amazon’s ‘invisible’ hand can shape your city

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-amazons-invisible-hand-can-shape-your-city/

Curbed – May 2, 2017 By Patrick Sisson It begins with boxes. For most people who order goods from Amazon—with nearly half of U.S. householdsenrolled in the company’s Prime program, that’s quite a few of us—interactions with the Seattle e-commerce giant start with a search and a click, and end with a delivery. While the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

The cutthroat jobs strategy Amazon uses to conquer retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-cutthroat-jobs-strategy-amazon-uses-to-conquer-retail/

The New York Post – April 25, 2017 By Lisa Fickenscher Jonathan and Michele Rhudy recently moved their Richmond, Va., consulting business into new digs and bought all new stuff — office supplies, furniture and even a coffee maker. There was no question in their minds where all of those items, plus paper clips, reams… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2017

Local Governments Are Increasingly Buying from Amazon. Here’s Why They Need to Stop.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-governments-are-increasingly-buying-from-amazon-heres-why-they-need-to-stop/

From a small county in Montana to a nationwide purchasing group of more than 90,000 public agencies, local governments are increasingly turning to Amazon for their buying needs. When they do, though, citizens lose. Here’s why you should be concerned about this spreading trend — and 5 things you can do. Continue reading

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

J.C. Penney, Sears and Kmart Store Closings the Latest Casualty as Amazon Continues to Dominate Retail Sphere

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/j-c-penney-sears-and-kmart-store-closings-the-latest-casualty-as-amazon-continues-to-dominate-retail-sphere/

Nasdaq Globe Newswire – March 23, 2017 PHOENIX, March 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — News outlets are taking notice of J.C. Penney, but locally-owned small businesses – the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” have been dealing with everything from big box stores to e-commerce. In the wake of 138 store closings announced by J.C…. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2017

Amazon Close to Breaking Wal-Mart Record for Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-close-to-breaking-wal-mart-record-for-subsidies/

Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs – March 20, 2017 By Michael J. Bologna Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. is about to set a record that few in the tax policy arena thought would ever be achieved. Amazon, the national leader in e-commerce sales, is expected to vault past a record for state and local tax… Continue reading