- Part 1: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities
- Amazon is far more than a big, aggressive retailer.
- Part 2: Who should pay: You or Walmart?
- Who do you think should pay the price of providing security for property and other minor crimes in Walmart stores?
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities
Olivia LaVecchia, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
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Dave & the Crew
Nov 29, 2016 | For all of its reach, Amazon, the company founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995 as an online bookstore, is still remarkably invisible. It makes it easy not to notice how powerful and wide-ranging it has become. But behind the packages on the doorstep and the inviting interface, Amazon has quietly positioned itself at the center of a growing share of our daily activities and transactions, extending its tentacles across our economy, and with it, our lives.
Today, half of all U.S. households are subscribed to the membership program Amazon Prime, half of all online shopping searches start directly on Amazon, and Amazon captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online. Amazon sells more books, toys, and by next year, apparel and consumer electronics than any retailer online or off, and is investing heavily in its grocery business. Its market power now rivals or exceeds that of Walmart, and it stands only to grow: Within five years, one-fifth of the U.S.’s $3.6 trillion retail market will have shifted online, and Amazon is on track to capture two-thirds of that share.
Read the report — and maps, timelines, and more.
Olivia LaVecchia is a Research Associate with ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative. A former reporter, her work has won recognition locally and nationally, including the 2014 “Media for a Just Society” award for newspaper writing.
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Part 2: Who should pay: You or Walmart?
Who do you think should pay the price of providing security for property and other minor crimes in Walmart stores?
Randy Parraz, Making Change at Walmart
November 21, 2016 | Over the past year, there have been many news stories and headlines regarding how much crime happens at Walmart, and how often local police officers are being called to Walmart stores. The statistics are shocking:
• Law enforcement logged nearly 16,800 calls in one year to Walmarts in four Florida counties, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. That’s two calls an hour, every hour, every day.
• According to an analysis from Bloomberg News, in one year, police were called to one of Tulsa’s four Walmarts just under 2,000 times. They were called to one of the city’s four Targets around 300 times.
• A local news story reported that within four Massachusetts counties, police received 1,773 calls for incidents at five Walmarts in 2015 -- about one every day. Seven out of 10 times, no arrests were made.
• A Walmart in Denver, CO, experienced 3.7 police calls per day in 2015.
You can read more about crime in Walmart here and here, or watch this segment from Inside Edition.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be out in front of Walmarts all across the country to talk to customers and workers about their concerns, and how they think this problem should be handled. Does Walmart experience more crime because the stores are under-staffed? Are they training workers properly on how to deal with potential crimes?
Making Change at Walmart believes that
• It’s Walmart’s job to provide sufficient security staff for its stores.
• The large number of police calls to Walmart stores questions whether Walmart is relying too much on the taxpayer to provide security.
• Walmart should place security ahead of profits, and invest in more store security.
We’d like to hear from you: Who do you think should pay the price of providing security for property and other minor crimes in Walmart stores?
Text W to 698-329 if you think Walmart should pay.
Text T to 698-329 if you think taxpayers should pay.
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us, and stay tuned for more news soon.
Randy Parrazz, Campaign Director
Making Change at Walmart