James V. Grimaldi, reporting for The Wall Street Journal:
Free and Fair Markets accused Amazon of stifling competition and
innovation, inhibiting consumer choice, gorging on government
subsidies, endangering its warehouse workers and exposing consumer
data to privacy breaches. It claimed to have grass-roots support
from average citizens across the U.S, citing a labor union, a
Boston management professor and a California businessman.
What the group did not say is that it received backing from some
of Amazon’s chief corporate rivals. They include shopping mall
owner Simon Property Group Inc., retailer Walmart Inc. and
software giant Oracle Corp., according to people involved with and
briefed on the project. Simon Property is fighting to keep
shoppers who now prefer to buy what they need on Amazon; Walmart
is competing with Amazon over retail sales; and Oracle is battling
Amazon over a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract.
Walmart is the most dominant retailer of my lifetime — and still 50% bigger than Amazon by revenue. Embarrassing to see them resort to disingenuous efforts like this. It’s an indication of just how scared of Amazon they are.
Oracle? I expect such nonsense from them.