Walmart Claims Its Stores are Magnets for Small Businesses; Not So, Research Finds

Date: 13 Jul 2012 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In its push to get into urban areas, Walmart is claiming that its stores are actually good for nearby small businesses, at least those that do not compete in the same product lines. But the empirical evidence — including a extensive study published recently in the Journal of Urban Economics — indicates otherwise. … Read More

New Report: Walmart’s Greenwash

Date: 7 Mar 2012 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this new report, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance documents how Walmart’s heavily promoted sustainability initiatives are falling short. “Walmart’s sustainability campaign has done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment,” said Stacy Mitchell, the report’s author and a senior researcher at ILSR. … Read More

Big Box Toolkit

Date: 23 Dec 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This toolkit provides guidance on how to block big-box development in your community, including tips on how to form an effective citizens group, fact sheets to help educate your neighbors and elected officials, and advice on intervening in the land use review process.… Read More

Don’t Subsidize Big Boxes at Local Shops’ Expense

Date: 10 Sep 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Handing out multimillion-dollar subsidies to large chains has become commonplace in much of the country. But when governments use public money to woo national chains, economic growth and job creation are negligible, and independent retailers suffer, Stacy Mitchell argues in this commentary for Business Week.

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Wal-Mart Wants to Colonize New York City: Our Response

Date: 4 Feb 2011 | posted in: Retail | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

An overflow crowd of hundreds turned out yesterday at a New York City Council hearing on the impact Wal-Mart would have if allowed to expand into the city. ILSR’s New Rules Project was invited by the Council to testify as part of the first panel of speakers.  Here’s what we said about the impact Wal-Mart would have on New York. … Read More

Why Does Target have a Subsidiary in Bermuda?

Date: 28 Jul 2010 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing number of big corporations are using offshore tax havens to escape paying U.S. taxes. A recent estimate suggests big companies are dodging at least $37 billion a year — and, in so doing, gaining a significant competitive advantage over small businesses. … Read More

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