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

Amazon is creating 100,000 U.S. jobs, but at what cost?

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USA Today – January 15, 2017 by Jon Swartz SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon may have raised the bar very high on jobs-creation ambitions in tech — it pledged Thursday to add 100,000 full-time jobs in the USA by mid-2018. But at what cost? The e-commerce behemoth, which employs 306,800 in full- and part-time jobs worldwide, said the positions are… Continue reading

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

Something else Amazon delivers

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Crain’s Chicago Business – January 14, 2017 by Brigid Sweeney Amazon is shouting from the rooftops that robots and drones aren’t taking over anytime soon. The e-commerce giant is embarking on a (human) hiring spree, both here and across the country, as it races to build out the network of warehouses that enable same-day and… Continue reading

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

Those 100,000 New Amazon Jobs Might Not Be Good For Everyone

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BuzzFeed News – January 13, 2017 by Caroline O’Donovan President-elect Donald Trump was quick to take part of the credit for Amazon’s announcement this week that it will create 100,000 new jobs in the US in the next 18 months. …   “Many of these jobs will be low-paid, short-term, and have high turnover. Some… Continue reading

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

Amazon to add more than 100,000 jobs in U.S. hiring spree

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Reuters Wire Service – January 12, 2017 by Jeffrey Dastin and Emily Stephenson Republished (with slight variations) in: CNBC, Newsweek, Daily Mail UK, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! News, New Hampshire Union Leader, New Hampshire.com, Netscape News, Strategy Business Group, & Gadgets 360. Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United… Continue reading

Featured ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2017

Response to Amazon’s Jobs Announcement, January 2017

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Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and co-author of the recent report, “Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities,” responded to the announcement on jobs made today by Amazon:

“Amazon’s jobs announcement this morning has it in the headlines as a job creator. But there’s a dirty secret about jobs at Amazon. As we found in our recent report on the company, as Amazon gains market share, it destroys more jobs than it creates,” Mitchell said. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 5, 2017

As Amazon Preps Chicago Store, Indie Bookstores Push Back

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The Chicagoist – January 5, 2017 by Stephen Gossett News came through on Thursday that Amazon plans to extend the brick-and-mortar IRL arm of its global-retail-domination and data-collection campaign into Manhattan, where the mega-retailer will open a bookstore in the Shops in Columbus Circle in Time Warner Center. We here in Chicago know the feeling,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2016

Amazon, the Monopolist?

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Pacific Standard Magazine – December 22, 2016 by Dwyer Gunn In the summer of 2014, a very loud dispute emerged between Amazon, the ubiquitous online retailer, and Hachette, the publisher of books by such well-known authors as Malcolm Gladwell and Paul Ryan. The exact details of the feud were never publicly revealed, but reports say… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 21, 2016

$1 of Every $2 Spent Online Goes to Amazon. Can We Break the Company’s Stranglehold?

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TruthOut – December 21, 2016 by Mario Vasquez Amazon.com is ubiquitous: It seems to reach into all the corners of our lives, selling everything from toiletries to furniture. Yet, beyond the “A to Z” selections offered on Amazon exists the reality that workers, consumers and their communities are suffering from the retailer’s stranglehold on the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2016

Your Call: Amazon threatens small businesses and “weakens communities,” says new report

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KALW – December 14, 2016 by Rose Aguilar & Laura Flynn Why is it more important than ever to support local businesses? Amazon’s growing market power is threatening small businesses and “weakening communities,” according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The study’s findings conclude that Amazon is causing the number of… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2016

Delivery Drivers Sue Amazon Over Misclassification, Failure to Pay Overtime and the Minimum Wage

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In These Times – December 12, 2016 by Bruce Vail With wage and hour lawsuits becoming increasingly common across the country, there was little reason for the lawyers at Amazon.com’s Seattle headquarters to be surprised when one landed on their doorstep recently. But they may have been concerned to learn that their newest legal adversary… Continue reading