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

Don’t-Miss Opportunity for Local Choice in Landmark Carbon-Free Bills — Episode 72 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 8 Mar 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In New Mexico, proposed climate legislation would give one of the state’s monopoly utilities a huge handout, leaving customers holding the bag. In a new episode of Local Energy Rules, Mariel Nanasi of the New Energy Economy speaks with John Farrell about this bill setting a dangerous precedent and the alternative opportunity to support local choice and build wealth in New Mexico communities, instead.… Read More

The FTC is Approving a Merger that Will Help Staples and Amazon Cripple Independent Businesses

Date: 26 Feb 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The FTC recently gave Staples the green light to buy one of the two wholesalers that sell to independent office supply dealers. The decision hardly made a blip in the news cycle. But it sheds enormous insight into the origins of the big-get-bigger U.S. economy.
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How Amazon Gets What it Wants: Stacy Mitchell on Chris Hayes’ Podcast

Date: 23 Jan 2019 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell appeared on MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ podcast, “Why Is This Happening?” The two discuss how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, its now all-encompassing presence in consumer goods, retail, and cloud computing, and its much bigger ambitions beyond.… Read More

Will Santa Sleigh the Monopolies? (Episode 62)

Date: 27 Dec 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chris Mitchell is joined by ILSR Co-Directors Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell for a year in review. They discuss developments in the movement against corporate concentration, Amazon’s stranglehold on the economy, batteries as a game changer in the energy world, and more. … Read More

Monopoly and the U.S. Waste Knot

Date: 4 Dec 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Big Waste dominates every aspect of solid waste and recycling practice and policy. The top four consolidated companies earn $30 billion of the $70 billion economic sector. Big Waste companies own or control 75% of the permitted landfill capacity in major metropolitan areas, and control an estimated 50% of the national hauling market, with increased levels of domination in regional markets.… Read More

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