Staples Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1985. It operates as an office products company. The Company's three reportable segments include North American Delivery, North American Retail and International Operations. The North American Delivery segment consists of U.S. and Canadian businesses that sell and deliver office products and services directly to customers and businesses and includes Staples Advantage, Staples.com and Quill.com. The North American Retail segment consists of the U.S. and Canadian businesses that operate stores that sell office products and services. The International Operations segment consists of business units that operate stores and that sells and delivers office products and services directly to customers in 23 countries in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. The Company sells a variety of office supplies and services, office machines and related products, computers and related products and office furniture. The Company competes with high-volume office supply providers, including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Lyreco; as well as mass merchants such as Walmart, Target and Tesco; warehouse clubs such as Costco; computer and electronics retail stores including Best Buy; specialty technology stores such as Apple; copy and print businesses such as FedEx Office; online retailers such as Amazon.com; and other discount retailers. The Company's business is subject to federal, state, local and international laws, rules and regulations.
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