In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180 #02521

Submission Number:
02521
Commenter:
Judith D. Schwartz
State:
Vermont
Initiative Name:
In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
To the FTC: As someone who lives in a small town, I have watched with alarm as small, independent businesses close local downtowns hollow out. Mergers such as the Staples/Essendant agreement have contributed to this type of scenario and so I am registering my opposition to this arrangement. It is time for the Commission to serve the kind of trade that occurs human-scale businesses and their customers in the context of relationship, community and respect as opposed to that which lives on a balance sheet and enriches but a few. Without choice and the kind of service one enjoys from local operations, citizens and communities suffer. It is time to say no to mergers that undermine the vibrance and viability of small towns and cities. Respectfully submitted, Judith D. Schwartz Bennington, Vermont