Staples, Inc. (ticker: SPLS, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
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Staples, Inc. Announces New Switzerland Partnership With Büro Schoch
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Mar 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) announced today a new strategic alliance
with one of the leading Swiss office products companies, Büro Schoch
Direct AG. Within Switzerland, Staples and Büro Schoch Direct will work
together exclusively on international accounts and collaborate to
exchange best practices.
"With Staples' commitment to serving our multi-national clients across
the globe, this alliance represents an opportunity for the company to
serve both new and existing accounts that are looking for Staples'
expertise and industry-leading service levels in the Swiss market," said
Rob Vale, president of Staples Europe. "Schoch has a long and successful
presence in the Swiss market and shares Staples' passion for making it
easy for customers to buy office products and services. We look forward
to working with the Büro Schoch Direct team."
"With a 130 year history of customer service, we have built strong
capabilities," said Thomas Schoch, owner and CEO of Büro Schoch Direct.
"Our new alliance with the world's largest office products company will
further develop our capabilities and knowledge. We in turn will provide
the local market know-how and service that will bring our shared
customers sustainable added value."
The Schoch Group is a leading office products company in Switzerland,
offering a full range of office and computer supplies, facility products
and related services. Founded in 1882, the company has operations in
Winterthur, Ohringen and Aarburg. With thousands of customers and over
100 employees, Büro Schoch Direct is a contract business that serves
companies of all sizes.
Staples is the world's largest office products company and a trusted
source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and
expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and
breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept
in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the
world in eCommerce sales. With 90,000 associates worldwide, Staples
operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and
consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information
about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
SOURCE: Staples, Inc.
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