In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180, please do not allow the merger of Staples and Essendant. This merger creates a clear conflict-of-interest and potentially monopolistic situation by giving control of Essendant, one of the only two wholesalers that supply independent office products dealers, to one of their biggest competitors, Staples. Independent dealers comprise a significant and important share of this industry and provide distinct benefits to consumers, especially mid-sized businesses and government agencies, but their future ability to compete is endangered by this merger. Further, independent dealers and retailers are essential parts of their local economies and tax bases, and the unfair and un-competitive situation this merger would create would be potentially crippling to those small businesses and the communities they serve and support.