In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
The merger between Staples and Essendant must not be allowed. The involvement of private equity in this merger raises red flags, given that such actions often result in sharply reduced competition. In order to maintain a healthy and functioning marketplace, these companies need to continue to compete. A merger could mean the sacrifice of the office supply market itself for no better reason than predatory private gain, an outcome plainly at odds with the public good.