Staples Plans to Close 225 U.S. Stores by 2015

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ShyLinuxGuy

Staples doesn't give an honest effort to be competitive, just like RadioShack, Sears and all of these other retailers we're hearing about that are on their way out. It's the way capitalism is supposed to work. If there's no effort to stay competitive, then that business is an endangered species.

How many times have any of you seen that the same computers and peripherals they carry are almost always lower on Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, etc.? Then if you do buy something electronic there, they want to push an extended warranty. I don't fall for that trick.

As far as actual office supplies (paper, staplers, folders), I hate to say it, but Wal-Mart comes to mind. And their furniture, most of it anyways, isn't anything spectacular. Amazon and IKEA come to mind for office furniture, at least for me.

Right now, bricks and mortar isn't doing well anyways (even Walmart is reporting losses) so it's difficult as it is in the retail sector. In 20 years or less, I guarantee that the bricks and mortar brands we see today will cease to exist or be a lot smaller in size. As far as getting with the times and being competitive with the likes of Amazon, notice how all of the physical retailers (especially the failing ones) are just now wanting to change their business models to online sales. That's going to take a lot of work.

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ram1220

I never thought of Staples as an electronics chain. I always thought it was an office supply store.

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BlazePC

Thanks Obama!

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Rift2

Creating a big box store out of Office supplies is not a good idea....

In other news on the planet..

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BlazePC

2200 stores worldwide, 1500 in the U S of A
and 500,000 product offerings

...I beg to differ.

But then again, most the knuckleheads on MaxPC don't have a "smidgen" of business sense, much less - common sense.

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Mastercheese

u need a hug

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vrmlbasic

If only companies that are forced to downsize due to the high costs of doing business imposed by obama, especially the ACA, would publicly mention that reasoning.

Maybe it'd play into the lame "class warfare" crap that the democrats (many of whom are rolling in more money than was Smaug) keep pushing but when it is the truth then why not put it out there?

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Scatter

It has nothing to do with Obama.

This is happening because of two thing.

1) Internet competition,. especially Amazon.

2) Incompetent upper management. I worked at Staples for just under 10 years and have been blown away by bad decision after bad decision that they've made over time.

I feel bad for all the loyal store managers and staff that will get dumped because of all the bad decision making.

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Ghost XFX

***NDA***

But, yeah, I think they need to do a better job as well. It would help if more employees would be more vocal and say what's on their mind, and afterwards, the higher ups take said opinions and do a better job at making decisions.

...I think I'll leave it right there.

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nyjets011269

You're welcome ignoramus.

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BlazePC

Stick to lying between the ferns, poser!

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DelroyMonjo

Someone made a post in another article, tongue-in-cheek, "Why go to the store and buy what you can steal at the office?"

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

This is a damn shame. I hope not to lose the Staples in my town.

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vrmlbasic

Sounds as though they might need to get Mitt back in there.

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John Pombrio

Did not see this coming. I guess folks are ordering office supplies online (along with everything else). It was nice to wander through the store and actually see what kind of pens I was buying tho. I know that the warehouse stores like BJs carries a ton of common office supply stuff.

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vrmlbasic

I can't say that I care much for BJs as my local one is constantly culling its offerings. It once had a book selection to rival a mall bookstore (remember those?) but now it just has a token table of books and they're always cutting back their offerings. Also, they knuckled under to the bullying of MD politicians :(

I'm not a huge fan of buying everything online. Gotta make accounts, pay shipping (and tax), gotta wait for it to arrive...at the store I can just pay in cash and I'll have the product in my hand. I won't have to wait for the neighbors to deliver it as USPS has put it in their mailbox (and vice versa) _again_.