To Beat Retail Monopolies, We Need to Shed Our Consumer Identity

Date: 7 Dec 2006 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing number of communities are fighting back against the rising power of large retail stores like Wal-Mart. But real change won’t come until we stop thinking of ourselves as consumers and start thinking of ourselves as engaged citizens.… Read More

Our Take: Responding to Reich on Wal-Mart

Date: 8 Mar 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our response to the destructive force of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart ought to involve much more than adopting regulations that "soften the blows" and "slow the pace of change," as Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Clinton, argued in a recent New York Times op-ed entitled Don’t Blame Wal-Mart. Yes, we most certainly should raise the minimum wage and require companies to offer employees affordable health insurance, as Reich suggests. … Read More

Saving Banff

Date: 27 Jun 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Banff, like many communities in western Canada, is facing a growing influx of multinational chains. Determined to save their community from becoming"Anyplace, North America," Banff officials are investigating ways to buck the chain store trend. Luckily, they are not in uncharted territory. Communities across the continent have devised effective strategies for limiting chains and nurturing locally owned businesses. … Read More

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