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Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 14, 2017

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 14, 2017)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-reports-from-the-front-lines-september-14-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Germany’s Public Banks | The Story Behind the Effort to “Repatriate” U.S. Overseas Profits | The Remunicipalization Movement Grows | Philadelphia: Expanding the Civic Commons | Amazon, Predatory Promotion, and Anti-trust Law Germany’s Public Banks In Germany most banks are publicly owned…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2017

With Whole Foods Deal, Amazon’s Empire Grows – Episode 28 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/whole-foods-amazon-episode-28-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

The latest Building Local Power podcast episode features a discussion between ILSR initiative director Christopher Mitchell and co-director Stacy Mitchell on the Amazon-Whole Foods deal. The conversation features a number of issues, including why Amazon’s growth isn’t that innovative after all due to their market power as a crushing force for consolidation. Much of the conversation is an extension of our Amazon’s Stranglehold report, co-authored by Stacy and ILSR researcher Olivia LaVecchia. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2017

Press Release: Amazon Angles for Subsidies in Search of Second HQ

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

In response to Amazon’s announcement that it is seeking a location for a second North American headquarters, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, issued the following statement:

“Amazon’s announcement that it’s opening a search for a second North American headquarters is only the latest play in Amazon’s long-time strategy of financing its growth through public subsidies. Over the last decade, as Amazon has mastered this strategy, it’s come to employ site location experts and lobbyists in its efforts to pit local and state governments against each other for the largest subsidy package…. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2017

Amazon begins hiring hundreds for warehouse work

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

Michigan Public Radio – August 15, 2017 Written by Tyler Scott Amazon is in the process of hiring full-time warehouse workers for its distribution center currently under construction in Livonia. In the past year, Amazon announced plans to build two warehouses in metro Detroit: the Livonia facility, and another in Romulus. … In a report… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2017

Readers Write: Amazon and retail

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

Minneapolis Star Tribune – August 11, 2017 Written by Olivia LaVecchia That ‘heat’ on proven player — a giant — is warranted. Given that Neal St. Anthony often writes about small business, it strikes me as odd that in his Aug. 5 column “Proven-player Amazon takes heat as Foxconn is cheered,” he fails to consider the ways… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2017

More Money, More Problems For Amazon

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

National Public Radio – July 28, 2017 Written by Lauren Silverman (Heard on Morning Edition) This week Amazon became the fourth company in the U.S. worth half a trillion dollars. The online retail giant is in the exclusive club with Apple, Microsoft and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Americans clearly love Amazon: one of every two… Continue reading

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

Should the city be using incentives on Amazon?

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

The Florida Times-Union – July 27, 2017 Written by David Jaffee It says something about the state of the Jacksonville labor market when, according to the Times-Union, hundreds “brave summer heat and long lines to apply for Amazon jobs.” While we should always welcome expanding job opportunities, it is also important to recognize that Amazon… Continue reading

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

Despite promises to hire 1,600, study says Amazon will drain jobs from local economies

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Michigan Public Radio – July 27, 2017 Written by Tyler Scott Amazon is in the process of building two distribution centers in Michigan. The online retail magnate has received millions in state money as an incentive to build, and hire, in the Great Lakes state. Yet, researchers at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance suggest Amazon’s impact… Continue reading

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

Memo to Politicians: Bargaining for an Amazon Warehouse? Turn the Tables!

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Bloomberg BNA – July 25, 2017 Written by Greg LeRoy Why Amazon Should Pay to Arrive Instead of paying the retail giant to help it undermine other retailers, I recommend that public officials turn the table: when negotiating with Amazon, you should expect the company to pay for its arrival, not taxpayers. I know that’s counter-intuitive, but it’s… Continue reading

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