Op-Ed in Fortune: The Hidden Price of Cashless Retail

Date: 3 Apr 2019 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Fortune, we detail the growing cashless retail trend, steps cities and states are taking to regulate it, and the ultimate effect monopoly credit card companies like Visa and Mastercard have on small businesses and the economy at large.… Read More

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Date: 23 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Here, we outline five important reasons for local officials to support independent businesses, based on a growing body of research.… Read More

New Toolkit Helps Independent Businesses Advocate for Policies that Support the Local Economy

Date: 17 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When independent businesses meet with their local officials, they help build the mindset that independent businesses matter. A new Local Policy Action Toolkit created by ILSR with the Advocates for Independent Business coalition offers independent business owners and retailers concrete tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses. By advocating for policy change, independent business owners can help create a stronger local economy.… Read More

Bloomberg Businessweek Profiles Cities that Restrict Chains to Free More Space for Local Businesses

Date: 26 Jan 2018 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A piece by Nick Leiber explores how cities are using caps on “formula” retailers to ensure that local businesses have ample opportunities to secure space and grow. … Read More

Watch San Francisco’s AnMarie Rodgers on How the City’s Formula Business Policy Works

Date: 5 Dec 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this 30-minute talk, AnMarie Rodgers, Senior Policy Advisor in the City of San Francisco Planning Department, breaks down the nuts-and-bolts of San Francisco’s pioneering formula business ordinance. She talks about how the city implemented the policy, how it works and how well it works — and what advice she has for other cities that want to do it too.… Read More

Amazon is Hurting Most Independent Retailers, but They’re Weathering the Storm Better than the Chains, Survey Finds

Date: 27 Nov 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The retail industry is experiencing significant upheaval, but almost all of the reporting on the issue has focused on national chains. Now, a national survey finds that shifts in retail are playing out differently for independents. While 90% of independent retailers report that Amazon is negatively affecting their businesses, they also say that their distinct strengths are helping them weather the storm better than many national chains.… Read More

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