After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?

Date: 13 May 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Not having to charge sales tax fueled Amazon’s growth for nearly 20 years. While it’s impossible not to see the company as a horse that’s already out the barn door, there’s still good reason to believe that the Marketplace Fairness Act will slow Amazon’s consolidation of retailing and provide benefit to independent businesses.… Read More

Survey Finds Independent Businesses Benefit from “Buy Local First” Campaigns, But Challenges Loom

Date: 6 Feb 2013 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s annual survey has found that independent businesses experienced solid revenue growth in 2012, buoyed in part by “buy local first” initiatives. But the survey also documented challenges facing independent businesses, most notably an increase in “showrooming” and competition from online retailers, tax and subsidy policies that favor their big competitors, difficulty obtaining loans, and a customer base still reeling from the recession.… Read More

How San Francisco is Dealing With Chains

Date: 30 Aug 2012 | posted in: Retail | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

San Francisco is home to more independent businesses than other big cities, thanks in part to a 2006 law than gives neighborhoods the power to reject “formula” retail stores and restaurants. But the policy has major gaps, which have opened the way for chains to slip into the city. City leaders are now looking to beef up the law. … Read More

Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser

Date: 18 Jul 2012 | posted in: Retail | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Most policymakers don’t imagine that their economic development decisions will affect such things as voter turnout or the prevalence of chronic disease. But a growing body of research is finding that scale and ownership of business matter in ways that extend far beyond economic outcomes.… Read More

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

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