ICYMI: A ‘Procurement Saint’s’ Take on the Staples-Office Depot Merger

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Earlier this week, Spend Matters Founder and Head of Strategy Jason Bush wondered how the late Thomas Stemberg, founder of Staples, would react to the proposed Staples-Office Depot merger. In the article, Procurement Saint: What Would Thomas Stemberg Think About the Staples-Office Depot Merger?, Jason wrote how Stemberg tried to buy Office Depot back in 1997 as a cost cutting measure both for the business and customers. The merger attempt, however, halted around the time Staples was aggressively trying to ramp up e-commerce sales.

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Black Friday Spending Increases, More Consumers Opt for Online Shopping

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Perhaps not surprising, the majority of U.S. consumers plan to do some holiday shopping this weekend. Spending on Black Friday is expected to increase compared with last year, with Americans spending about $369 each over the weekend, up 25% from 2014, according to Deloitte’s 2015 pre-Thanksgiving pulse survey. The report, released Monday, shows 57% of consumers plan to shop this holiday weekend.

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