As the General Services Administration, which oversees the federal government’s annual $50 billion in spending on commercial goods, develops a plan for moving that procurement onto an “e-commerce portal,” Advocates for Independent Business has submitted comments urging GSA to design a program that considers the crucial role of independent, small and medium-sized businesses play in the economy.
The retail industry is experiencing significant upheaval. Reporting on the issue, however, has focused almost exclusively on national chains. Now, a new national survey finds that shifts in the retail sector are playing out differently for independent businesses than they are for the chains. The survey, which gathered data from over 850 independent retailers across the U.S., yields valuable insight into how independents are weathering the storm — and what they perceive as their distinct advantages.