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Staples Inc. is an office products distributor with a total of 1,307 retail stores located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. In addition, Staples has catalog, electronic commerce and contract stationery businesses.
The company views the office products market as a large, diversified market for office supplies and equipment, business machines and computers and various business services. The company targets four principal end-user groups: consumers and home offices; small businesses and organizations with fewer than 100 office workers; medium-sized businesses and organizations, which have between 100 and 499 office workers; and large businesses with more than 500 office workers. The company believes its ability to address all four major end-user groups increases and diversifies available market opportunities, increases awareness of the Staples name …