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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 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

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

As Arizonans Move Their Money to Local Banks, Local Market Share of Deposits Rises by Nearly 25%

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/as-arizonans-move-their-money-to-local-banks-local-market-share-of-deposits-rises-by-nearly-25/

Greater Phoenix Business Magazine – March 16, 2017 By Local First Arizona There is a new mantra in money management, and it’s “Move Your Money.” Arizona businesses and individuals are joining the trend in transferring their savings and financing to locally headquartered banks and institutions that are rooted in the local community. According to the… Continue reading

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