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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2017

How Amazon’s ‘invisible’ hand can shape your city

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-amazons-invisible-hand-can-shape-your-city/

Curbed – May 2, 2017 By Patrick Sisson It begins with boxes. For most people who order goods from Amazon—with nearly half of U.S. householdsenrolled in the company’s Prime program, that’s quite a few of us—interactions with the Seattle e-commerce giant start with a search and a click, and end with a delivery. While the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2017

As Small Businesses Struggle, These U.S. Cities are Helping Entrepreneurs Thrive

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Curbed Magazine – February 7, 2017

Whether it’s a single block of stores in an idyllic small town or the business district of a bustling urban square, every vision of Main Street America has something in common: a panoply of small businesses, symbols of American opportunity and success.

But in today’s economy, that vision often looks as realistic as a Rockwell painting. According to Dynamism in Retreat, a new report by the Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan public policy think tank, small businesses aren’t just suffering—they’re in the midst of a striking, and historic, decline. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2017

Amazon And Walmart Are Hiring, But How Good Are These Jobs?

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CBS Money Watch – January 19, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump proclaiming that he’ll be the “greatest jobs president” for America, it may be no coincidence that some big retailers are announcing plans to ramp up hiring. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 5, 2017

As Amazon Preps Chicago Store, Indie Bookstores Push Back

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The Chicagoist – January 5, 2017 by Stephen Gossett News came through on Thursday that Amazon plans to extend the brick-and-mortar IRL arm of its global-retail-domination and data-collection campaign into Manhattan, where the mega-retailer will open a bookstore in the Shops in Columbus Circle in Time Warner Center. We here in Chicago know the feeling,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2016

Amazon, the Monopolist?

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Pacific Standard Magazine – December 22, 2016 by Dwyer Gunn In the summer of 2014, a very loud dispute emerged between Amazon, the ubiquitous online retailer, and Hachette, the publisher of books by such well-known authors as Malcolm Gladwell and Paul Ryan. The exact details of the feud were never publicly revealed, but reports say… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 21, 2016

$1 of Every $2 Spent Online Goes to Amazon. Can We Break the Company’s Stranglehold?

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TruthOut – December 21, 2016 by Mario Vasquez Amazon.com is ubiquitous: It seems to reach into all the corners of our lives, selling everything from toiletries to furniture. Yet, beyond the “A to Z” selections offered on Amazon exists the reality that workers, consumers and their communities are suffering from the retailer’s stranglehold on the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2016

Your Call: Amazon threatens small businesses and “weakens communities,” says new report

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KALW – December 14, 2016 by Rose Aguilar & Laura Flynn Why is it more important than ever to support local businesses? Amazon’s growing market power is threatening small businesses and “weakening communities,” according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The study’s findings conclude that Amazon is causing the number of… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2016

Delivery Drivers Sue Amazon Over Misclassification, Failure to Pay Overtime and the Minimum Wage

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In These Times – December 12, 2016 by Bruce Vail With wage and hour lawsuits becoming increasingly common across the country, there was little reason for the lawyers at Amazon.com’s Seattle headquarters to be surprised when one landed on their doorstep recently. But they may have been concerned to learn that their newest legal adversary… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2016

Chicago Indie Bookstores Launch Campaign Ahead of Amazon’s Arrival

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Chicago Tonight, WTTW PBS – December 8, 2016 by Reuben Unrau In August, online retail giant Amazon announced a brick-and-mortar bookstore would be opening in Lakeview in 2017. The news was met with criticism by local booksellers, including the Great Lakes Independent Bookselling Association, which released a joint statement with 16 Chicago bookstores stressing their pride in… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2016

What Happens to a Town When Amazon Moves In?

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The Nation – December 8, 2016 by Michelle Chen A few years ago, the greatest menace to the mom-and-pop shop was the Big Box store—“Walmartization”—cannibalizing Main Street’s small businesses and pauperizing workers. But the Big Box has lately started to crumple under a blast of digital trade winds, and the Amazon Empire could prove far more… Continue reading