Posts tagged: Office Depot

Office Supplies and the Death of Traditional Competition

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 Feb 9, 2015

 

America’s two largest U.S. office supply chains are once again challenging the views of antitrust regulators – and this time, if they succeed, it could spell the demise of traditional competition in that business sector. Read more »

The UPS Store Fires First Salvo in U.S. Retail 3D Print Services

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 Sep 6, 2013

In late July, The UPS Store announced an initiative to test 3D printing services via Stratasys equipment in select stores. The result has been significant publicity and interest in the offering. For example, the Clairemont, San Diego, location has received much attention due to the service since its debut three weeks ago. The owner, Burke Jones, spoke to Forbes about his store’s 3D printing service, the types of customers using it, pricing, and expectations for the future. One of the most interesting takeaways from Mr. Jones’ interview is who his customer base is. The majority are Read more »

Office Depot and OfficeMax Announce Merger of Equals

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 Feb 21, 2013
Rumored for some time, Office Depot and OfficeMax announced that the companies would be merging with the goal of creating a stronger and more efficient combined company. While retail has been the office superstores primary and original mode of business, the three top chains, Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples, are all finding that their business has been evolving away from retail towards the Internet and business to business (B2B). As a result, the chains have been altering their strategy towards smaller stores and making greater investments in e-commerce initiatives. We believe that for electronics and high value supplies like ink and toner, Internet is creating great stress on retail. The truth of the matter is that with the proliferation of tablets and smart phones, people are spending more time with their devices and less time visiting a store. Also, adding to the competitive pressure for the superstores, Walmart and other mass merchandiser types are a one-stop-shop and now carry wide range of office supplies.
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The Need for Transformation at Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax

Jeff Hayes
 Sep 17, 2012

Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax have been in the news lately for declining revenue and profits. The office superstores (OSS) face an immense challenge to transform as there is less demand for some of their biggest sources of profit (ink and toner cartridges) and less use of one of their biggest assets (retail stores). How they pivot at this point will likely determine their direction for years to come.

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