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OfficeMax Unveils New Chicago Concept Store

OfficeMax is bringing a new retail brick-and-mortar concept store to the Chicago area. According to Chain Store Age, the new business solution concept store will occupy almost 4,000 square feet in Chicago’s Streeterville neighbordhood.

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From the article:

Special services for business customers will include enhanced technology support, marketing, document and shipping services, and expert associates.

“We’re delighted to finalize these plans for bringing our highly innovative ‘store of the future’ concept to our hometown of Chicago, to partner with local businesses and help them grow,” said Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax. “Through this differentiated, multi-channel model, a specialized business solutions adviser will reside in-store, working alongside business customers to help them take their enterprises to the next level with robust services and solutions tailored to meet their individual business needs.”

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Smaller OfficeMax Concept Stores Aimed at Small Businesses

In a bid to help local businesses in Milwaukee grow, OfficeMax is testing a new concept store aimed directly at small business owners. According to Chain Store Age, the new store will replace an existing OfficeMax. The new store will be completely redesigned.

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From the article:

“With the launch of our new store, we are pleased to introduce a relationship-based retail service center focused on partnering with businesses to help them grow,” said Ravi Saligram, president and CEO, OfficeMax.

Some of the services offered at the new concept include web hosting, customized web sites and cloud storage, as well as computer network setup, software installation and repair. OfficeMax offers business meeting space in the store and free Wi-Fi that allows customers to plug in and work. Employees even can help customers set up their websites.

The store also provides business card and sign printing, furniture and space planning, packaging and FedEx shipping, and document shredding. Products for sale include convertible laptops, smartphones, printers and shredders.

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Office Depot and OfficeMax Merge to Create $18B Company

It did not take long for the news of an Office Depot/OfficeMax merger to turn into a reality. The Board of Directors for both companies have agreed to an all-stock merger.

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According to an article on RIS News, the merger will help them compete with industry heavyweight Staples, as well as offer their current customers enhanced offerings across multiple distribution channels.

From the article:

“The merger will combine companies with revenue of approximately $18 billion, compared with Staples’ more than $24 billion in sales last year. The merger is a bid to revive a retailer that has been losing sales to online rivals and Staples, the largest U.S. office-supplies chain.

Under the agreement, OfficeMax stockholders will receive 2.69 Office Depot common shares for each share of OfficeMax common stock. The company’s new board will include an equal number of directors designated by Office Depot and OfficeMax, the companies said. The board will conduct a search for a CEO, both incumbent CEOs, Neil Austrian of Office Depot and Ravi Saligram of OfficeMax will be considered.”