- Walmart‘s former CEO, Bill Simon, says Amazon is “destroying jobs” and that Congress should consider splitting the company apart.
- “It’s anti-competitive, it’s predatory, and it’s not right,” Simon said.
- Simon made the remarks after President Trump attacked Amazon on Twitter Thursday, saying the company is “putting many thousands of retailers out of business.”
“It’s destroying jobs, and it’s destroying value in the sector,” Bill Simon, who left Walmart in 2014, said of Amazon on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Thursday.
Simon made the remarks after President Trump attacked Amazon on Twitter earlier Thursday.
“Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” Trump tweeted.
Simon said Amazon is subsidizing its profit-losing retail arm with other money-making parts of its business. As a result, Amazon can afford to sell goods at cheap prices that many other retailers can’t match, he said.
“They’re not making money in retail, and they’re putting retailers out of business,” Simon said. “It’s anti-competitive, it’s predatory, and it’s not right.”
The businesses that suffer the most from Amazon’s practices are specialty retailers like Toys R Us, which is in the process of liquidating its US business, and mum-and-pop businesses, he said.