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(AP)   Office Depot plans to close 400 US stores, raising fears of emergency shortage of lost cat posters and flyers advertising cut-rate roofing that get tucked underneath car windshield wipers at every mall everywhere   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 32
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2014-05-06 12:20:57 PM  
Just in time for the next Summer of Recovery℠!
 
2014-05-06 12:55:06 PM  
SAD subby?
LOL
Seriously, was obvious broken?

Merger with officemax = overlapping stores = closing stores = bloody farking obvious
 
2014-05-06 01:10:15 PM  
images.cpcache.com
 
2014-05-06 01:20:29 PM  
I figured I was keeping them in business with my weekly paper orders.
 
2014-05-06 01:21:42 PM  
How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

There, that was easy.
 
2014-05-06 01:27:57 PM  
They are closing the one by me. Huge 30% off signs outside. You go inside and find 5% at best! not even coming close to amazon prices.
 
2014-05-06 01:31:57 PM  
The office supply retailer had 1,900 stores in the U.S. at the end of the first quarter, so the plans call for closing about 21 percent of them.

Good God. There are only 1778 Target's in the US (as of '12 anyway).
 
2014-05-06 01:52:26 PM  

StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

There, that was easy.


hopefully they're closing the office max locations, not the office depot ones
 
2014-05-06 01:57:04 PM  
He finally got his revenge.  RIP to the H-Dog.  We mourn ya til we join ya.

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Offin' Office Max
http://www.theonion.com/articles/offin-office-max,16225/
 
2014-05-06 02:18:20 PM  

loonatic112358: StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

There, that was easy.

hopefully they're closing the office max locations, not the office depot ones


My closest Office Depot is literally across the interstate from the closest Office Max. I don't know which location they're going to close, but one of them needs to go.
 
2014-05-06 02:21:57 PM  

StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.


Because a lot of people will be out of a job.
 
2014-05-06 02:26:38 PM  

DrewCurtisJr: StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

Because a lot of people will be out of a job.


They both ran all the small mom-n-pop office supply stores out of business years ago.

The era of the big box store is over.
 
2014-05-06 02:31:18 PM  

mcreadyblue: They both ran all the small mom-n-pop office supply stores out of business years ago.

The era of the big box store is over.


What does that have to do with feeling bad for the workers who will lose jobs?
 
2014-05-06 02:42:50 PM  
heh, more like Office Repo.
 
2014-05-06 02:44:57 PM  
Sad but the Office Depot is closing and OfficeMax is surviving by me.
Office Depot was manned by late 20's and up who were all about customer service and knowledge. The local OfficeMax was staffed by non-caring teens. Where I gave up shopping. If I came in with an emergency copy job at depot, and their self serve was down, they did it for the self serve price. Not so much at Max. I once came in with a huge oversized map that I needed 20 copies of. Max wanted a $30 set up fee. Depot went "wow, a challenge. Um, can I do a $5 surcharge on the $1 copies?, sorry, I have to ask due to the time involved".

Csb (a little to late) Depot had a great Black Friday sale. I went in as they opened at 5:am for the item and there were none. I called corporate and complained. They asked how many I wanted to buy. I honestly said that I would have cleared them out, but six was my goal. My doorbell rang two hours letter and the upgraded items were delivered AT NO CHARGE ($300) by the regional manager apologizing. Forward a couple of years. Wife wanted a fancy chair on sale at Max on Black Friday. None in stock to begin with. They didn't care.
/csb
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-05-06 02:49:17 PM  

exvaxman: Sad but the Office Depot is closing and OfficeMax is surviving by me.
Office Depot was manned by late 20's and up who were all about customer service and knowledge. The local OfficeMax was staffed by non-caring teens. Where I gave up shopping. If I came in with an emergency copy job at depot, and their self serve was down, they did it for the self serve price. Not so much at Max. I once came in with a huge oversized map that I needed 20 copies of. Max wanted a $30 set up fee. Depot went "wow, a challenge. Um, can I do a $5 surcharge on the $1 copies?, sorry, I have to ask due to the time involved".

Csb (a little to late) Depot had a great Black Friday sale. I went in as they opened at 5:am for the item and there were none. I called corporate and complained. They asked how many I wanted to buy. I honestly said that I would have cleared them out, but six was my goal. My doorbell rang two hours letter and the upgraded items were delivered AT NO CHARGE ($300) by the regional manager apologizing. Forward a couple of years. Wife wanted a fancy chair on sale at Max on Black Friday. None in stock to begin with. They didn't care.
/csb


Where's the profit in paying personnel to care and to have items in stock? Sounds like Depot lost money trying to make a happy customer and that's why they went under. Bleeding heart means you're going to lose in the free market. Better to treat your customers and staff like dirt while trumpeting being a job creator.
 
2014-05-06 02:49:40 PM  

DrewCurtisJr: mcreadyblue: They both ran all the small mom-n-pop office supply stores out of business years ago.

The era of the big box store is over.

What does that have to do with feeling bad for the workers who will lose jobs?


I feel bad for anyone that worked there. Yeesh
 
2014-05-06 02:52:15 PM  

Gonz: loonatic112358: StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

There, that was easy.

hopefully they're closing the office max locations, not the office depot ones

My closest Office Depot is literally across the interstate from the closest Office Max. I don't know which location they're going to close, but one of them needs to go.


The two stores are on the same side of a major freeway here, it's about 3/4 of a mile between the two stores
 
2014-05-06 02:59:50 PM  

loonatic112358: Gonz: loonatic112358: StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

There, that was easy.

hopefully they're closing the office max locations, not the office depot ones

My closest Office Depot is literally across the interstate from the closest Office Max. I don't know which location they're going to close, but one of them needs to go.

The two stores are on the same side of a major freeway here, it's about 3/4 of a mile between the two stores


I've got an Office Depot and Office Max near me where the buildings (front right corner of one, back right corner of one) are literally about 200 feet apart.
 
2014-05-06 03:21:17 PM  

Beeblebrox: [images.cpcache.com image 400x400]


i hope someone else gets this.  genius.
 
2014-05-06 03:34:11 PM  

DrewCurtisJr: StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

Because a lot of people will be out of a job.


The work in retail, shouldn't be hard to find a job at some other store.
 
2014-05-06 03:36:48 PM  

loonatic112358: hopefully they're closing the office max locations, not the office depot ones


Or, failing  that, Max adopts some of Depot's practices. Depot was the best of the three office boxes.

/either way - maybe their combined powers will finally rid the world of Staples
 
2014-05-06 03:43:09 PM  

clkeagle: loonatic112358: hopefully they're closing the office max locations, not the office depot ones

Or, failing  that, Max adopts some of Depot's practices. Depot was the best of the three office boxes.

/either way - maybe their combined powers will finally rid the world of Staples


but staples is supposed to have 3D printers


Mind you i've not ran into a staples in the wild in years though
 
2014-05-06 07:04:56 PM  

Beeblebrox:


Came for this.
Thanks!
 
2014-05-06 08:29:56 PM  

namatad: SAD subby?
LOL
Seriously, was obvious broken?

Merger with officemax = overlapping stores = closing stores = bloody farking obvious


This. Anyone who doesn't understand what is going on here doesn't belong in the business section.
 
2014-05-06 09:16:02 PM  
Good. Hate their stores...
 
2014-05-06 10:17:35 PM  

clkeagle: loonatic112358: hopefully they're closing the office max locations, not the office depot ones

Or, failing  that, Max adopts some of Depot's practices. Depot was the best of the three office boxes.

/either way - maybe their combined powers will finally rid the world of Staples




Staples has the corporate world.
 
2014-05-06 10:33:19 PM  
Any time I want a crappy selection of stationary, overpriced computers, or low-end office furniture, I always head to the nearest big box office supply store.
 
2014-05-07 12:54:23 AM  

exvaxman: Sad but the Office Depot is closing and OfficeMax is surviving by me.
Office Depot was manned by late 20's and up who were all about customer service and knowledge. The local OfficeMax was staffed by non-caring teens. Where I gave up shopping. If I came in with an emergency copy job at depot, and their self serve was down, they did it for the self serve price. Not so much at Max. I once came in with a huge oversized map that I needed 20 copies of. Max wanted a $30 set up fee. Depot went "wow, a challenge. Um, can I do a $5 surcharge on the $1 copies?, sorry, I have to ask due to the time involved".

Csb (a little to late) Depot had a great Black Friday sale. I went in as they opened at 5:am for the item and there were none. I called corporate and complained. They asked how many I wanted to buy. I honestly said that I would have cleared them out, but six was my goal. My doorbell rang two hours letter and the upgraded items were delivered AT NO CHARGE ($300) by the regional manager apologizing. Forward a couple of years. Wife wanted a fancy chair on sale at Max on Black Friday. None in stock to begin with. They didn't care.
/csb


OD and OM merged beginning of the year. From my view, as an employee of one of them, they're working to bring Max up to OD's standards rather than the reverse. The Max store managers are going crazy trying to catch up and the OD managers are half-way relaxed because some of the stupider rules are gone (we use to have to count steps while doing stock... that kind of stupid is gone).

Most of the store closings are simple consolidations- best employees from an area that won't support both an OD and an OM go into one store, usually the one with better cost/value setup.

It's generally a good thing. I do feel for the people who lost jobs but they're all getting vetted.

Where's the profit in paying personnel to care and to have items in stock? Sounds like Depot lost money trying to make a happy customer and that's why they went under. Bleeding heart means you're going to lose in the free market. Better to treat your customers and staff like dirt while trumpeting being a job creator.

That isn't going away, I hope. If it does, I'll quit. I don't like being a cog, my store lets me help people. Stupid things - letting me break a package open of large envelopes and sell a smaller amount. We'll make money still. Let me choose how to fix a computer as to best solve the issue. My job lets me do that sort of thing, and my performance and reviews speaks to the fact my customers are happy for it.
 
2014-05-07 01:23:42 AM  

Asako: DrewCurtisJr: StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

Because a lot of people will be out of a job.

The work in retail, shouldn't be hard to find a job at some other store.


Supply vs. demand. More retail-sector workers needing jobs with less stores in existence to hire, Combined with an already slow market. Yeah, not so simple.
 
2014-05-07 10:20:16 AM  

StrikitRich: How is this sad?  They just merged with Office Max and therefore have many duplicate locations?  It's just simple consolidation.

There, that was easy.


I see what you did there.
 
2014-05-07 12:28:50 PM  
Another Brick and Mortar Dinosaur for the Meteor God.

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RIP.
 
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