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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2017

Grocery union claims Amazon’s $13.7B Whole Foods acquisition will hurt consumers and workers

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GeekWire – July 17, 2017 Written by Nat Levy United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, an organization that represents more than 1 million retail workers across the U.S., has come out with criticisms of Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Market, saying that the deal could hurt customers and workers and lead to… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2017

Amazon: A ‘multi-headed beast’ dominating the economy?

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Fox Business – July 14, 2017 Written by Brittany De Lea While the retail sector as a whole is struggling to keep its head above water — with U.S. sales falling for a second consecutive month Opens a New Window.in June — e-commerce behemoth Amazon (AMZN) announced Wednesday Prime Day sales surged 60% over last year’s already record… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2017

The Return of Monopoly

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The New Republic – July 13, 2017 Written by Matt Stoller With Amazon on the rise and a business tycoon in the White House, can a new generation of Democrats return the party to its trust-busting roots? On July 15, 2015, Amazon marked the twentieth anniversary of its founding with a “global shopping event” called… Continue reading

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

Will Amazon-Whole Foods Survive Antitrust Scrutiny Under Trump?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/will-amazon-whole-foods-survive-antitrust-scrutiny-under-trump/

Forbes’ Washington Bytes – July 3, 2017 Written by Washington Bytes  MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Graphic by Daniel Kleinman, Forbes Staff This installment of the #BytesChat focused on the pending merger between Amazon and Whole Foods. Special guests included Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the co-author of the report Amazon’s Stranglehold; Geoffrey Manne, the founder… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2017

Amazon, Primed

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Twin Cities Business Magazine – June 30, 2017 Written by Burl Gilyard A small sign outside the door of 761 Kasota Ave. SE—marked as the “associate entrance”—has an ostensibly inspirational message for the entrants: “Welcome Amazonians. It’s Still Day One. Are You Ready to Make a Difference?” Amazon’s space at the Kasota Business Center in… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 29, 2017

It’s Amazon’s world, we’re just living in it

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/its-amazons-world-were-just-living-in-it/

KCRW’s To The Point – June 29, 2017 Hosted by León Krauze Retail in America is undergoing a revolution. As consumers turn to e-commerce to buy everything from diapers to appliances, big box stores are becoming obsolete. Macy’s, JC Penney and RadioShack are cutting thousands of retail jobs across the country. That’s good news for Amazon,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 29, 2017

How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies – Episode 23 of the Building Local Power Podcast

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In the latest episode of Building Local Power, guest host Stacy Mitchell, ILSR’s co-director,  interviews Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First. Good Jobs First promotes corporate and governmental accountability and smart economic development by shining a light on subsidies that local governments give to big corporations. The two discuss Good Jobs First’s research into… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2017

Amazon granted $5 million in state funds to build second SE Michigan plant, hire 1,600 full-time

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Michigan Radio – June 27, 2017 Written by Tyler Scott Amazon is planning to build its second distribution center in Romulus, partly with funds from a five million dollar state grant. The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved the grant Tuesday. Amazon had considered other locations in the Midwest and Canada as potential development sites, according… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2017

Your Call: Corporate monopolies and growing economic inequality

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Listen to KALW’s Your Call from June 26th, 2017 featuring Stacy Mitchell of ILSR and Congressman Ro Khanna discussing Amazon, Whole Foods, and antitrust concerns stemming from the deal. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2017

Amazon Is Trying to Control the Underlying Infrastructure of Our Economy

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In this op-ed for Motherboard, we look at how Amazon is trying to control the underlying infrastructure of our economy. We also examine how buying Whole Foods would expand Amazon’s control of commerce — and why regulators should block it. Continue reading