Real Clear Policy: Think of Amazon as a Big Box Retailer, Not a Tech Giant

If lawmakers cannot figure out the relevant market for Amazon, then regulators can easily misclassify or narrowly define the relevant market to deem it to be concentrated and, therefore, in need of a government remedy to fix a market failure. While changing antitrust laws would make it easier to punish Amazon or Facebook, it will […]

An Election with National Consequences

Few observers would have expected Alabama, a state with an 8% unionization rate and rigid right-to-work laws, to be the frontline in what has become one of the most pivotal labor battles in the last decade. Despite the low unionization rate and restrictive union laws, almost 6,000 workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer […]

Real Clear Policy: Amazon’s Good Deed Doesn’t Go Unpunished

Back in 2018, Amazon announced plans to open a fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, an old coal town of around 27,000 people about 20 miles southwest of Birmingham. When Amazon announced the $325 million fulfillment center, the company pledged it would create 1,500 jobs that paid $15 per hour and provided 401k retirement programs, health insurance, and tuition reimbursement. Bessemer’s […]

The Economic Standard: Debunking “Big is Bad” — The Economics of Big Tech

Though calls to break up “Big Tech” — Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook — have intensified over the last few years, the logic behind the movement is as tenuous as ever. From the perspective of consumer welfare, the standard that has guided competition policy in the U.S. for nearly half a century, there’s good reason to think […]

Where in Health Might Amazon Fit?

Amazon earned the reputation of being a constructive force for consumers and a disrupter for the industries it chooses to enter. In the last few years, we have been watching Amazon’s tentative forays into selected health care niches. Amazon has avoided the clinical services side of health care, unlike CVS, which is transforming its retail […]

Amazon’s Next Step in the Pharmacy Industry

With the acquisition of PillPack, Amazon played another card in its high stakes contest of elbowing its way into retail pharmacy. Amazon has long been expected to make a move into the pharmacy space, and the 64,000 US retail pharmacies are not pleased to see Amazon sticking its big nose under their tent. Assuming that […]

USPS – What to Do With 50 Percent

With annoying regularity, the Postal Service increases prices for first class postage. It’s annoying because first class postage is highly profitable and does not need a regular rate increase to remain profitable for many years. On the other hand, postal charges for parcels, especially those from ecommerce shippers, are somewhat underpriced. In effect, UPSP is […]

Posturing on Consumer Privacy

Facebook is suffering from regular beatdowns in TV, print and in internet media. Public irritation with Facebook’s loose securing of consumer personal data has been festering for years. Despite having more newly critical friends than he needs, Mark Zuckerberg chose to refresh Facebook’s black eye by pushing back against Tim Cook’s “I wouldn’t be in […]

Apple, Amazon, and Google Involvements in the Health Care Industry

There has been much speculation about where and how quickly Apple, Amazon, and Google will join the health care industry. At $1.7 trillion in 2016, Health Care is a growth opportunity where the three tech giants are seeking footholds. Apple is shaping its health care involvement by harnessing its strength in electronics and software. It […]

An Approach to Health Care That Could Work Well

JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon announced their intention to take on the challenge of improving health care for their employees, using a not-for-profit approach.  The trio’s announcement referred to the unbridled costs that need taming, and the role that technologies could play in delivering better, cheaper health care.  The trio’s mild statement jolted some […]