• James Heskett


November 2, 2020, Opinion: "In 1997, a federal judge blocked the first proposed merger of Office Depot and Staples, ending a marriage that would have reduced the number of big box office supply specialty chains to two, the other being Office Max.  In seeking to stop the merger, the Federal Trade Commission argued that “office supply superstores constitute a unique market segment” and that other office-supply competitors such as Walmart, Sam’s Warehouse, and Costco were outside the segment. As a result, the merger “would give the (new) company near-monopoly pricing power.”

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