In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
I am writing to protest the proposed Staples/Essendant merger. I am a frequent customer of my local Staples stores as well as working as a volunteer for a non-profit in another state on whose behalf I transmit electronic versions of publications for reproduction to a Staples in their local community. Losing these services if the local stores are closed is a real danger caused by the proposed merger which involves a private equity fund. I am sure you are all aware of what has happened to other companies who have been involved in this type of transaction, so I feel no need to repeat the warnings of negative impact on employees, local economies, and customers such as myself. I urge you to block the merger. Thank you.