Don’t Subsidize Big Boxes at Local Shops’ Expense

Date: 10 Sep 2011 | posted in: Retail | 2 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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The Growth of Internet Retailing: Implications and Strategies for the Specialty Toy Industry

Date: 1 Sep 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This white paper examines the growth of internet retailing, Amazon’s increasing share of this market,  and the rise of free-riding as consumers browse and ask questions in brick-and-mortar stores and then buy online.  The paper presents several recommendations for manufacturers, retailers, and policy-makers. … Read More

What New Census Data Show about the State of Independent Retail

Date: 16 Dec 2010 | posted in: Retail | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The good news is that overall sales at independent retailers grew by about 4 percent. The bad news is that chains grew faster and independents still lost market share, falling from 31 to 28 percent of retail spending. That decline in market share, however, was considerably slower in this five-year period than the preceding 20 years. Digging deeper into the new data, we found a number of interesting trends.… Read More

Will the Real Voice of Small Business Please Stand Up?

Date: 3 Nov 2010 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce describes itself as "the voice of business.&quot  But a growing number of small independent businesses and even local chambers are challenging that notion, arguing that the Chamber’s real allegiance is to the giant corporations that fund it. … Read More

Grassroots Financing is Underwriting a New Crop of Neighborhood Businesses

Date: 24 Aug 2010 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just as CSAs have played a key role in the rebirth of small-scale farms, so too are new community-supported enterprise models helping to launch a new generation of independent grocers, bookstores, and other neighborhood businesses. … Read More

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