How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies (Episode 23)

Date: 29 Jun 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of our podcast, Building Local Power, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell interviews Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First about the tax incentive packages that governments give to big corporations, and how local governments can do economic development better.… Read More

Press Release: Walmart’s Climate Pollution Grows as It Scales Back Renewable Power

Date: 19 Apr 2017 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

More than a decade after Walmart pledged to become an environmental leader, the company’s climate emissions continue to rise, according to data released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). ILSR found that Walmart has scaled back its renewable power projects in the U.S. The amount of renewable energy the company derives from its clean energy projects and special purchases fell by 16% since 2013.… Read More

With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?

Date: 17 Feb 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

All great retail empires eventually fall. A&P did. So did Montgomery Ward. But Walmart’s recent announcement that it would close 269 stores may not be an initial stumble on a path toward demise so much as a move to abandon communities that it has decided simply aren’t worth the trouble. We look at both the bad and the good fallout from Walmart’s pullback, and how its closures are best explained as a side effect of its main strategy for dominating the economy: overbuilding regions to the point of not just destroying competition but cannibalizing its own sales, while communities bear the consequences.… Read More

Key Studies: Why Local Matters

Date: 8 Jan 2016 | posted in: Retail | 50 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing body of research is giving us new ways to quantify the harms of bigness and the benefits of local ownership. In this post, we round-up the important studies and provide the evidence that policymakers can use to craft better laws, business owners can use to rally support, and citizens can use to organize their communities.… Read More

Walmart Spews a Huge Amount of Climate Pollution with Its Shipping, but Doesn’t Report Any of It

Date: 3 Jun 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

No company moves as much stuff across the world’s oceans as Walmart does, and the climate consequences are immense. Ferrying all those cheap TVs, T-shirts, toasters, and toys from Asian factories to ports in the U.S. and elsewhere releases huge amounts of greenhouse pollutants into the atmosphere, including both carbon dioxide (CO2) and black carbon. We’ve compiled a few key data points on shipping’s climate impact and Walmart’s dominance in the movement of goods across the world’s oceans.… Read More

New Maps Show Alarming Pace of Walmart’s Continued Growth

Date: 23 Mar 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Walmart continues to expand, and rapidly. The company is now embarking on its third historic wave of store construction, with plans to build 440 to 460 “Neighborhood Market” stores over a two year period, presumably with many hundreds more to follow. There is a critical debate to be had right now about whether a company that already captures one-quarter of U.S. grocery sales should be allowed to grow to control one-third, or even half, of our food supply. … Read More

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