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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2017

Amazon Is Trying to Control the Underlying Infrastructure of Our Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-is-trying-to-control-the-underlying-infrastructure-of-our-economy/

Motherboard Vice – June 25, 2017 Written by Stacy Mitchell We often talk about Amazon as though it were a retailer. It’s an understandable mistake. After all, Amazon sells more clothing, electronics, toys, and books than any other company. Last year, Amazon captured nearly $1 of every $2 Americans spent online. As recently as 2015,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2017

Big Bad Behemoth? How Amazon Could Upend the U.S. Economy

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WNYC’s The Takeaway – June 22, 2017 On Monday, President Trump met with 18 heads of U.S. technology companies, part of the so-called American Technology Council. The president said it’s part of his goal to reshape and modernize government. There was Apple CEO Tim Cook to the president’s left, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to… Continue reading

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

Amazon-Whole Foods deal bad for competition: Expert

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CNBC’s “The Power Lunch” – June 19, 2017 Len Schlesinger, Harvard Business School Baker Foundation professor, and Stacy Mitchell, co-director for Institute for Local Self-Reliance, discuss the fear of Amazon’s hands in grocery and whether antitrust laws could stop that. … Read the full story here. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 17, 2017

Whole Foods Deal Shows Amazon’s Prodigious Tolerance for Risk

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The New York Times – June 17, 2017 Written by David Streitfield Joke all you want about drone-delivered kale and arugula. Amazon’s $13.4 billion bet to take on the $800 billion grocery business in the United States by acquiring Whole Foods fits perfectly into the retailer’s business model. Unlike almost any other chief executive, Amazon’s… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Amazon-Whole Foods deal could mean new phase of retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-whole-foods-deal-could-mean-new-phase-of-retail/

USA Today – June 16, 2017 Written by Roger Yu, Zlati Meyer, and Elizabeth Weise Amazon’s offer to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion could usher in a new phase of retail, with the potential for hybrid stores and an increasingly fluid sense of where goods come from and how they get to consumers…. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Press Release: Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-amazon-whole-foods/

The Deal Would Lessen Competition and Allow Amazon to Expand Its Dominance of Online Commerce FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday June 16, 2017 Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer, stumolanger@ilsr.org, 612-844-1330 In response to Amazon’s announced acquisition of Whole Foods, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, made the following statement: “Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2017

The Monopolist’s Playbook: Strategies To Retain Overwhelming Economic Power – Episode 21 of the Building Local Power Podcast

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This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing how concentrated economic power responds to communities that are supporting their own local economies. Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer discusses how these corporations fight against local communities with a number of ILSR’s experts. He speaks with Stacy Mitchell, John Farrell, Christopher Mitchell, and Lisa Gonzalez in order to get… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 16, 2017

Monadnock initiative seeks to boost local businesses

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New Hampshire Business Review – May 16, 2017 By Nicole Colson A Monadnock Region initiative aimed at adopting policies designed to level the playing field for locally owned businesses is being developed in hopes it will serve as a statewide model. The Complete Economy Project, spearheaded by Monadnock Buy Local, is an effort by citizens… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2017

In the Age of Amazon, Independent Maine Retailers Aren’t Extinct

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Maine Public Radio – May 3, 2017 By Lisa Bartfai Online shopping is hard to beat — price, selection, free shipping. That’s great for consumers, but very hard on local brick-and-mortar stores, and even on larger retail chains, who are closing their doors after years of operation. But some small retailers have found a way… Continue reading

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

Walmart Touts Itself As An Environmental Leader. Its Workers Say Otherwise.

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The Huffington Post – March 2, 2017 By Alexander C. Kaufman Over the past decade, Walmart has attempted to transform its image from a big-box purveyor of bargain goods sold by low-paid workers to a vanguard of corporate environmentalism, with solar-paneled stores regularly feted by the Davos set. But for a retail behemoth whose business model still… Continue reading