As Federal Government Seeks to Move Purchasing to an “E-Commerce Portal,” AIB Submits Comments
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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.

Independent Businesses Report Advantages in Weathering Retail Storm, New Survey Finds
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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.

AIB Voices Concern Over Amazon’s Proposed Acquisition of Whole Foods, Requests Hearing
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In a letter to four leading members of Congress, AIB expressed concerns over the way Amazon’s growing market power is threatening the economic vitality of tens of thousands of independent businesses across the country, and how buying Whole Foods would allow Amazon to expand its dominance.

AIB to Host Roundtable Calls on Member Education and Shopping Local in the Age of Amazon
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AIB is set to host two upcoming roundtable calls, one on “Member Education” and one on “Shop Local in the Age of Amazon,” to give coalition members the opportunity to share information and strategies.

Before You Click on Amazon, Here’s Why Your Choice Matters (Infographic)
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Our new infographic shows how shopping at Amazon compares with shopping at local businesses in its impact on jobs, taxes, the local economy, and community. Before you click, here’s why your choice matters:

5 Things Local Officials Need to Know Before Welcoming an Amazon Warehouse
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Amazon is on a building spree, and many local officials are eager to bring one of its giant fulfillment centers to their own backyard. But a new factsheet from AIB shows how communities are losing more than they gain in these projects.