In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
The Staples/Essendant merger will harm competition and imperil the ability of independent businesses, which sell between 20 and 25 percent of office supplies, to compete on a level playing field. This hurts consumers as well as the communities in which independent businesses are located. The FTC should do more to help small and independent businesses, instead of approving mergers that allow one or two companies to dominate the market.