Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Poised to Aid Investigation of Amazon & Google
Reportedly, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) with members including Walmart Inc, Target Corp, and Best Buy Co to approach Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon.com Inc and Google’s “control” over internet search and for damaging competition. The group raised concerns to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on how tech platforms misuse the market information and create an “information bottleneck”, distort and mislead the market by favoring their products over other sellers, accumulate and the misuse customer data. Amazon’s dominance over e-commerce where it enjoys nearly 50% of U.S. online sales has been a cause of concern for sellers.
The trade group stated in the letter to FTC “quite concerning to the commission that Amazon and Google control the majority of all internet product search, and can very easily affect whether and how price and product information actually reaches consumers,”
“RILA does not file this comment to complain about competition from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Visa, or any other technology or payments platform,” “Indeed, retail leaders comment to ask for more competition, not less. But all competition must be on a fair and level playing field.” the group added further.
Amazon and Google remained unavailable for comments.
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