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Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities
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New study reveals explosive growth of third-party sales, sales tax avoidance (Published on: A …

DLBN Podcast – Hosted by Al Norman & Steve Anthony

  1. The Ripple Effect Podcast 36 (Al Norman)(1) 56:31

Meet Our Hosts

Al Norman

Al Norman achieved national attention in October of 1993 when he successfully stopped Wal-Mart from locating in his hometown of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Since then he has appeared on 60 Minutes, and gained widespread media attention from the Wall Street Journal to Forbes magazine, which called Al Wal-Mart’s #1 Enemy. 60 Minutes called Al “the guru of the anti-Wal-Mart movement.” Al was a consultant for the film “The High Cost of Low Prices,” and was featured in the films “Store Wars,” “Wal-Mart Nation,” and “Up Against The Wal.” His website is His latest book is Occupy Walmart, which was released in May of 2012.​

Steve Anthony

Steve Anthony is an award winning Canadian radio and television broadcaster and host, was a founding VJ of MuchMusic, which, along with MTV, pioneered music-video television worldwide. As host of “CP24 Breakfast”, Steve and the “Breakfast” team were able to launch the show against the decades-long dominance of CITYTV’s Breakfast Television and, by audience numbers, take it to the #1 Morning TV show in Canada. In August 2018, after learning of the downfall of so many “mom and pop” businesses over the years, Steve decided to join Direct Global / Direct Co-ops in their efforts to “change the world” and save the backbone of every community: its small businesses.

Torsten Kunert

Torsten Kunert is a rideshare pioneer and experienced driver for Uber and Lyft. After years of driving in various Uber and Lyft categories, Torsten wanted to share what he had learned and in April 2016 created his YouTube channel under the name “Rideshare Professor”. Through the channel, Torsten has helped over a million drivers with tips and advice, as well as reporting on issues of concern to drivers. Torsten also operates the Rideshare Driving School where he provides new rideshare drivers with training, motivation and money making tips.

Edward Escobar

As the founder of the Alliance for Independent Workers and it’s #DriversUnite International campaign – UNITING ALL DRIVERS FROM ALL TRANSPORT SECTORS – Mr. Escobar provides Advocacy &amp; Lobbying for Drivers and GIG Economy workers worldwide. Mr. Escobar has been championing the cause of exploited workers since early 2000, when he took on the Automotive Industry, organizing nationwide, the corporate spokespeople and workers of the International Auto Shows that were being MISCLASSIFIED as Independent contractors. <span style=”font-size: inherit;”>His commitment now, is to a higher level of engagement on a global scale “Uber is a virus adversely impacting the world, so we must meet and beat their UNSUSTAINABLE business model for the greater good of society”.

6,000 business owners/customers have signed CFIB's petition to Premier @fordnation urging him to find a safe pathway of opening small retailers to salvage the Christmas season. Join them:

[DLBN] SMALL RETAILERS TAKE ON GIANT RETAILERS BY PIVOTING ONLINE. “If you want it and it’s local, you can order it. We will take care of the packaging, getting it from the vendor and we will drop it off at your house.”[ALNORMAN]

[DLBN] SEC GIG WORKER RULES “enable companies to issue stock to gig employees as a form of longer-term investments.” Doesn’t replace benefits gig workers lost when Uber, Lyft made them indy contractors not employees.[ALNORMAN]

People are lining up for hours outside Vaughan Mills but you can't shop at a small business in your neighbourhood #Toronto #VaughanMills #BlackFriday 📹 monicatawa

BACK TO PLANNING BOARD because “there are some questions that need to be addressed.” Like the total absence of “findings of fact” that the project meets zoning requirements.[ALNORMAN]


[DLBN] WHY IS HOME DEPOT HIDING ITS WAGES? HD says it’s investing $1 billion in its workers, but “declined to share specifics on how much the company’s average hourly wage will increase.” Maybe because cashiers today average $11/hr?[ALNORMAN]

[DLBN] GROCERY IN TORONTO GIVES ONLINE SHOPPERS A VIRTUAL 3-D VIEW OF THEIR STORE AS THEY WALK IT. Makes product selection so simple. Why aren’t the Big Superstores doing this?[ALNORMAN]

Ontario's approach is the worst of all worlds for independent businesses. Small retailers required to close while their big box competitors are open. Sign/share CFIB's petition:

But a better plan would be to allow small biz a limited pathway to instore sales. This has happened over the last 2 days in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. Sask is limiting big box to 50% capacity while allowing small retailers to stay open.

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