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Amazon's Stealth Takeover of Vermont

For too long my bricks and mortar book stores have suffered in relative silence, but no longer. There are ways to fight back against the threat to our survival that Amazon and other internet retailers pose to our independent and locally owned businesses. So, on Monday evening, November 13th from 6:00p.m. To 7:00p.m., at the First Unitarian Universalist Society on Pearl and Church Streets, come and join Phoenix Books in a community forum to talk about ways to change the flow of business back to Main Street.

Amazon has quietly positioned itself at the center of a growing share of our daily transactions. Today, two-thirds of all U.S. households are subscribed to the membership program Amazon Prime, more than half of all online shopping searches start directly on Amazon, and Amazon captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online, and that's only growing. 

Yet for all of its reach, Amazon remains remarkably invisible. That’s especially true here in Vermont, where Amazon has no facilities, but nonetheless is exerting an increasingly powerful pull on the state's economy.

On Nov. 13th, Stacy Mitchell and Olivia LaVecchia of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance will discuss the findings of their in-depth study of Amazon and what the company’s growing dominance means for Vermont’s small businesses, jobs, and communities. As part of the discussion, they’ll talk about how policymakers can address Amazon’s market power and impacts, and what citizens can do to support a more diverse, equitable, and locally rooted economy, even when they’re shopping online. 

Since publishing their report, Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities, in late 2016, Mitchell and LaVecchia have become go-to sources for journalists writing about Amazon. Their research has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, and Fast Company, among others, and they’ve been interviewed on NPR, CNBC, and other broadcast outlets. 

This event is FREE, just reserve your seat by RSVPing through our ticket link. 

If you're unable to make Monday night, you can catch Stacy and Olivia in Manchester on Tuesday.

Date: November 13, 2017 - November 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington Vermont (152 Pearl St., Burlington VT 05401)

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