In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
This proposed merger sets a dangerous precedent that involves the suppliers that independent businesses depend on. Vertical mergers and consolidation among wholesalers increasingly threaten the ability of independent businesses to compete, harming competition and consumers. The rigging of the rules against smaller competitors harms our overall economy and business culture,because independents provide distinct market and consumer benefits that are not matched by larger companies. Their decline harms the economy and deprives consumers of the option of these distinct benefits.Please reconsider and block this merger.