Corporations Rake in Subsidies at Communities’ Expense — Episode 148 of Building Local Power

Date: 7 Apr 2022 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of the Building Local Power Podcast, Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Stacy Mitchell and Arlene Martínez who discuss the use of nondisclosure agreements, the acceleration of mega-deals during the pandemic, and what true economic development looks like. … Read More

Statement on House Judiciary’s Referral of Amazon to the DOJ for Potential Criminal Obstruction of Congress

Date: 9 Mar 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We issued a statement on the House Judiciary’s Referral of Amazon to the DOJ for Potential Criminal Obstruction of Congress. “Amazon’s attempt to obstruct Congress only further underscores the need for legislation to rein in Big Tech’s outsized power.”… Read More

Building Local Power Highlight: Is Amazon Picking Winners and Losers Among America’s Cities

Date: 20 Jan 2022 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this miniseries, we return to our most insightful podcast conversations. These five minute episodes highlight critical themes that are still relevant today. Alec MacGillis discusses how economic concentration leads to regional disparity. … Read More

On Capitol Forum: Amazon Charges Steep Fees at the Expense of Small Businesses

Date: 5 Jan 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stacy Mitchell joined Teddy Downey on the Capitol Forum’s podcast to discuss ILSR’s new Amazon’s Toll Road report, which finds that Amazon is exploiting its position as a gatekeeper to impose steep and growing fees on third-party sellers. Stacy explains that breaking up Amazon is a key solution to saving small businesses. … Read More

New Report: Amazon’s Fees on Small Businesses Have Soared

Date: 1 Dec 2021 | posted in: Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from ILSR finds that Amazon has exploited its power as a monopoly gatekeeper to impose increasingly steep fees on the independent businesses that sell on its site. Amazon now pockets a 34 percent cut of the revenue earned by independent sellers on its site, up from 19 percent in 2014. Amazon’s steep and growing fees make it nearly impossible for independent sellers to sustain viable businesses. Most fail. … Read More

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