Jimmy Deans Joins Other Local Essential Restaurants Businesses on StaplesConnect.com
Thank you, Ted, GM at Staples McBean & Lyons.
Last week, Staples Corporate stepped up their pressure on local Staples stores to help promote local essential businesses by promoting them in their StaplesConnect.com business directory.
Jimmy Deans was pleased to be a part of their directory. The GM at our local, Staples® McBean and Lyons #, Ted Carr, was very helpful in getting us into the directory guiding us and following up with us on getting some content.
See the picture of us in the directory as well as the information we submitted below.
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Historical Landmark in Old Town Newhall Jimmy Deans was established more than 50 years ago in As a historical landmark and local favorite, Jimmy Deans fits in as a charming casual, but classic dining option in old town newhall. We are located on Lyons and Kansas across Kansas is the School of Rock and very close to the Newhall DMV at Newhall & Lyons.
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When Covid hit, we had to make some quick changes in operations to accommodate the new rules. In addition to wearing masks while preparing & processing drive-thru, takeout & outdoor dining orders, weve optimized our drive-thru, phone and in-restaurant takeout ordering processes to handle the increased volume of takeout orders. Weve expanded our outdoor dining area to accommodate customers that choose to eat at the restaurant.
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Specifically, in the food service business dont take your customers for granted keep your eyes & ears open, survey, interact with them. Accept that change is the only constant evolve and adapt. Take the challenges presented by Covid as a stress test learn & adapt, work hard not only survive, but thrive. There will be challenges presented in the future, this will make you stronger and potentially, recession-proof.
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Staples Connect highlights three outstanding small businesses whose products are now available for purchase in select Staples Stores across the country
As part of its continued evolution to Staples Connect, the working and learning store, Staples US Retail is celebrating small businesses by highlighting three that will have their products carried at select Staples stores through The Staples Connect Breakthrough Project. This initiative which launched in Feb. is designed to accelerate the path to market for small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing an opportunity to have a presence in Staples stores across the country. In addition to The Breakthrough Project, Staples Connect will continue to support small businesses through its Community Business Directory and through a partnership with wiseHer to offer free expert business consultations throughout the month of May. 1
Earlier this year, Staples Connect asked makers, innovators and entrepreneurs to submit working and learning products for a chance to secure shelf space at Staples stores through The Breakthrough Project. Among the products selected were:
Backpal: A tool that uses compression technology to turn an unbalanced, overweight bag into an ergonomically sound one. With help from their father Mark, a former FBI agent, sibling duo Deja and Canyon invented the Backpal as a solution to the back pain they and their classmates were tired of experiencing.
The Mobile Pixels TRIO MAX: A portable monitor that delivers a multi-screen set up for those on the go. Mobile Pixels Inc.’s co-founder Jack Yao decided to build a laptop monitor from a broken laptop to create a portable secondary monitor in partnership with Stephen Ng.
Kate & Laurel: Unique wall art from independent artists. The founders of Kate & Laurel saw a void in the market for curated, well-designed, affordable furniture and home décor. So as part of their line of products, the brand partners with independent artists to create wall art in a variety of decorative and functional formats.
Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look at The Breakthrough Project experience for these makers whose products sit proudly on the shelves of select Staples stores.
"These are products that will truly make our customers’ lives easier – products that our research has shown they’re searching for in today’s environment," said Marshall Warkentin, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer, Staples US Retail. "Following our call for submissions, the local communities around our stores came through with new and innovative products that we’re excited to bring into inventory. We look forward to discovering even more products and solutions from makers in the fall."
Follow Staples Stores on LinkedIn and stay tuned for our August Call for Submissions for The Breakthrough Project for a chance to submit innovative working and learning products and solutions. All are encouraged to submit!
In addition to its Breakthrough Project initiative, Staples Connect will continue its support of small businesses through:
The Community Business Directory
Staples Connect developed the Community Business Directory to give local businesses added visibility online at staplesconnect.com and in Staples stores to support them on their mission to drive relationships and growth. Staples Connect helps market small businesses by featuring them in their Shop Local in-store fixtures and by including them in marketing materials like promotional emails to millions of their customers.
To learn more about the Community Business Directory and about the special events Staples Connect is hosting for Small Business Week, visit www.staplesconnect.com/small-business.
Free wiseHer Consultations
To help build strong small businesses across the country, Staples Connect is proud to offer its customers free expert consultations through a partnership with wiseHer (more information on the offer can be found here). wiseHer connects its customers with world-class advisors, coaches and consultants to help further their businesses and careers and takes the guesswork out of building your business.
About Staples Connect
With a focus on the community of small businesses and consumers, Staples Connect provides innovative products, services and inspiration essential to the new ways of working and learning. Staples Stores and Staples Connect retail locations serve millions of customers from entrepreneurs and small businesses to remote workers, parents, teachers, and students. Explore Staples Connect at a local Staples Store or online at StaplesConnect.com.
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American multinational office supply retailing corporation
Store in Saugus, Massachusetts, November
|Founded||May1, ; 35 years ago()|
Brighton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Founders||Thomas G. Stemberg|
Number of locations
|1, stores (U.S., )|
40 warehouses/fulfillment centers (U.S.)
|United States, Canada, United Kingdom |
|J. Alexander Douglas (CEO Staples) Michael Motz (CEO Staples US Retail)|
|Products||Office supplies and furniture|
Office and data center technology
|Revenue||US$ 14 billion (FY )|
|Owner||Sycamore Partners (–present)|
Number of employees
PNI Digital Media
HiTouch Business Services
Staples Inc. is an American office retail company. It is primarily involved in the sale of office supplies and related products, via retail channels and business-to-business (B2B)-oriented delivery operations. At some locations, Staples also offers a copy and print service.
The company opened its first store in Brighton, Massachusetts on May 1,  By , it had reached the Fortune , and it later acquired the office supplies company Quill Corporation. In , in the wake of increasing competition from e-commerce market, Staples began to close some of its locations. In , Staples announced its intent to acquire Office Depot and OfficeMax. However, the purchase was blocked under antitrust grounds due to the consolidation that would result.
After the failed acquisition, Staples began to refocus its operations to downplay its brick-and-mortar outlets, and place more prominence on its B2B supply business. In , after its sale to Sycamore Partners, the company was effectively split into three "independently managed and capitalized" entities sharing the Staples name, separating its U.S. retail operations, and Canadian retail operations, from the B2B business.
Staples was founded by Leo Kahn and Thomas G. Stemberg, who were former rivals in the New England retail supermarket industry, and Myra Hart.
The idea for Staples originated in , while Stemberg was working on a proposal for a different business. He needed a ribbon for his printer, but was unable to obtain one because his local dealer was closed for the Independence Day holiday. A frustration with the reliance on small stores for critical supplies combined with Stemberg's background in the grocery business led to a vision for an office supply superstore.
The first store was opened in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston in Staples started with backing from private equity firms including Bain Capital; Bain co-founder Mitt Romney served on the company's board of directors for the next 15 years, helping shape their business model.
In , Staples founded its Canadian subsidiary, The Business Depot, and began opening stores under that name, though over a decade later, all stores were renamed as "Staples". The first store opened in Vaughan, Ontario, north of Toronto. The following year, Staples began expanding into Europe, and opened its first British store in Swansea.
During its tenth anniversary in , Staples became a member of the Fortune companies as sales surpassed $3billion. On September 4, , Staples and Office Depot announced plans to merge. The Federal Trade Commission decided that the merged company would unfairly increase office supply prices despite competition from OfficeMax, because OfficeMax did not have stores in many of the local markets that the merger would affect. Staples argued that chains such as Walmart and Circuit City represented significant competition, but this argument did little to sway the FTC. Following the denial of the merger by the FTC, a rivalry formed between the two companies.
Staples acquired the naming rights for the Staples Center in Los Angeles shortly before construction began in  Staples also acquired Quill Corporation, an online and catalog retailer of office supplies, for about $ million in cash and stock. Between and , unsuccessful attempts to enter the telecommunications business were made as Staples created Staples Communications after the purchase of Canada-based company, Claricom, from an investment group. The company was later sold to Platinum Equities and renamed NextiraOne.
In , Staples acquired Medical Arts Press, which became a subsidiary of Quill. By , Staples expanded to Austria and Denmark and in , Staples opened its first store in India.
In March , Staples and Ahold announced a plan to include a Staples branded store-within-store section in all Stop & Shop Supermarkets and Giant Food stores throughout the Northeast. In August , Ahold announced the addition of the Staples section to all Tops Friendly Markets locations as well.[non-primary source needed]
In , Staples acquired Dutch office supplies company Corporate Express, one of the largest office supply wholesalers in the world. Staples also launched 11 concept stores in the New England area featuring a large focus on small business and technology related services.
Attempted merger with Office Depot, sale of UK division
On March 6, , Staples announced it would close up to stores in North America by the end of , in order to cut $ million in costs annually, and focus more on e-commerce.
On February 4, , Staples announced a plan to once again acquire Office Depot, which itself had recently acquired OfficeMax in a bid to compete against Staples. CEO Ron Sargent stated that this purchase would "[enable] Staples to provide more value to customers, and more effectively compete in a rapidly evolving competitive environment", and would result in at least $1 billion in "cost synergies" within three years.
It was reported that the deal could face antitrust scrutiny for its monopolization of the office supply market, unless growing competition against online retailers is considered a factor as well. In December, the FTC filed a lawsuit to halt the merger, arguing that it would harm competition in the commercial office supply market. and as of January , the FTC has not changed its stance.
At the end of January , it was announced to employees that Staples would be laying off hundreds of workers at their headquarters location. The layoffs were seen by some analysts as a preemptive tactic in case the merger did not receive regulatory approval from the Federal Trade Commission. On May 10, , the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the FTC a preliminary injunction against the merger. As a result, the sale was called off, and Staples was required to pay a $ million breakup fee.
In November , it was announced that Staples had sold its British stores to Hilco Capital for a "nominal" amount, as part of an effort to streamline its international operations following the failed merger. Hilco stated that it would discontinue the Staples brand in the region; the stores were rebranded as "Office Outlet", a new brand retaining the Staples chain's red and white color scheme. In August , the chain closed some of its stores under a company voluntary arrangement, and underwent a management buyout the following month. In March , Office Outlet went into administration, citing that it had "recently experienced a reduction in credit from key suppliers, given the economic outlook which has severely impacted the financial position of the company."
In January , Staples announced that it will again try to buy Office Depot.
Pivot to B2B, sale to Sycamore Partners
Following the aborted acquisition, Staples began to reposition its operations by promoting itself as a "solutions partner" for the business market, and placing a stronger focus on its B2B-oriented delivery and e-commerce businesses. In May , the chain began a new advertising campaign with the slogan "It's Pro Time", which largely downplayed its retail operations.
In , Sycamore Partners acquired Staples for $ billion, of which $ billion was funded as equity, with the remaining deal value raised as debt. As part of the purchase, Sycamore implemented a major restructuring of the company, under which the chain's B2B business (Staples North American Delivery, also known as simply "Staples"), retail locations (Staples U.S. Retail), and Staples Canada would be split into three "independently managed and capitalized" entities under Sycamore.
On April 9, , Sycamore Partners conducted a dividend recapitalization, refinancing $ billion in debt against its ownership of Staples, producing a $1 billion one-time dividend for the private equity firm. A Bloomberg report on this refinancing noted that the deal allowed Sycamore to recover roughly 80% of its equity investment in Staples in less than two years, compared to the typical profit-taking exit timeframe of five to eight years for most private equity buyouts. That month, Staples also unveiled a new logo, which features an icon representing both an unused staple and an office desk. The company also announced that it would introduce a new line of store brands, including Tru Red, Coastwide Professional (facility supplies), NXT Technologies (technology accessories), Perk (office break room supplies), and Union & Scale (furniture), as well as a new catalog known as The Loop. With the rebranding, CEO Sandy Douglas (who joined the company in ) stated that Staples was now being marketed as a "worklife fulfillment" company, which he explained was "about helping businesses of all sizes as they create the most dynamic and productive work environments for their teams."
The following month, CEO Mike Motz (who joined the company in to head Staples U.S. Retail) unveiled a new store concept known as "Staples Connect": it is aligned with a similar store concept being trialed by Staples Canada, featuring "Staples Studio" co-working areas and an auditorium-style "Spotlight" theater (which can be rented for sessions and events). The new concept will be trialed in the Boston area, while elements of the concept will be implemented chain-wide. As part of a partnership with radio broadcaster iHeartMedia, Staples also added recording studios intended for podcasting to six of these stores, with access to recording engineers and a partnership with Spreaker to offer discounted hosting and distribution services to its customers.
Throughout most of the company's history, Staples employed, in its American commercials and advertising promotions, the slogan "Yeah, we've got that.", signifying their wide selection of products. This slogan was retired in , to be replaced with "That was easy". Expanding on that theme, adverts featured a large red push-button marked "easy". In the United Kingdom, Staples had used the slogan "You want it. We've got it"; this changed to "That was Easy".
Originally, the "Easy Button" was only intended to be a fictitious button with 'magical' properties, featured in their television advertisement campaign. However, when the adverts appeared, customers began contacting the company to inquire how they could buy one. The company responded by making the "Easy Button" a real product (available in English "easy", French "simple", Spanish "fácil" and German "einfach easy").
These buttons were shipped to stores in the United States, Canada and Germany starting in the fall of Sales of the buttons reached million by the end of  The button has been referred to as a "Marketer's Dream", effectively turning millions of Staples customers into advertisers, resulting in greatly increased brand recognition.
The Staples Sno-Bot was an advertising character that appeared in the United States, in television and print advertising during the Christmas seasons from until
The Sno-Bot was a robot shaped like a snowman who refuses to let go of the inkjet printer he has fallen in love with. After the printer is wrestled from his grasp, the robot utters a monotone "Weeping. Weeping." He is consoled by a Staples employee who offers him a surge protector or a computer mouse (depending on the ad) instead.
The robot's "Weeping. Weeping." catchphrase briefly became a popular meme on the Internet, and the ad itself was parodied in a Christmas advertisement for Dell Computers, in which a robot hassles a shopper (including striking him with a candy cane) when he attempts to purchase a PC at an unnamed office supplies retailer.
Another advertisement style is used during its annual back-to-school campaign, in which the Christmas song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is played while parents joyously shop for school supplies for their children, used for several years from until 
Later, Alice Cooper appeared in a back-to-school campaign from August Within the ad, a hand is seen selecting various supplies while a girl looks on unhappily. She finally says, "I thought you said, 'School's out forever.'" Alice is shown behind the cart, saying, "The song goes 'School's out for summer'. Nice try, though." The hit song then plays as supplies are shown. The tagline, "That was easy", is heard playing over the company logo, formed to resemble a stapler.
During the holiday season, Staples advertising for the first time engaged Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms. The company created a character named "Coach Tom" to promote its "Gift it for Free" sweepstakes, in which 10, Staples customers won up to $5, in merchandise.
Acquisitions and divestitures
- Workplace stores based in Lakeland, Florida
- National Office Products based in Hackensack, New Jersey
- Spectrum Office Products based in Rochester, New York
- MacIsaac Office Products based in Canton, Massachusetts
- Philadelphia Stationers based in Philadelphia
- Macauley's Business Resources based in Canton, Michigan
- Staples Office Products based in Texas
- Quill Corporation, the largest mail order office supply retailer in the United States. Headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Quill offers products including school and office supplies, office machines, furniture, technology, cleaning and break room, as well as custom-printed and promotional products.
- Medical Arts Press, a United States supplier of front office and exam-room products for healthcare facilities.
- United Kingdom-based chain Office World, owned by Globus Group.
- Chiswick, distributes industrial and retail packaging, shipping and warehouse products to thousands of small and mid–sized manufacturers, distributors and retailers throughout the United States and Canada. The company offers over 7, industrial and retail packaging and shipping products, and their product line includes a wide variety of polyethylene bags, corrugated boxes, tape, labels, protective packaging, mailers, retail shopping bags and related packaging supplies. Sales channels include Catalog/Direct Mail, the Internet and Outside Sales. It is now branded as Staples Industrial.
- Thrive Networks, an IT services company that provides IT support to small and mid–level businesses.
- American Identity, one of the largest global distributors of corporate branded merchandise. American Identity has since been re-branded as Staples Promotional Products.
- Corporate Express, a Dutch company that supplies office products to businesses and institutions. The firm was known as Buhrmann prior to April 20, , when it changed its trading name to that of its best known brand, taken from the United States-based corporation it acquired in The company was acquired by Staples Inc. in August , and has been integrated into the Staples Advantage brand.
- Miami Systems, a commercial printing company based in Cincinnati OH with employees.
- PNI Digital Media, a Canadian software maker that powers in-store kiosks for printing photographs, calendars and wedding invitations. Staples spent $ million in an all-cash deal for this acquisition.
- Staples divested its Australian and New Zealand branches as part of a strategic shift to focus on its US-based retail store format. The company's Australian and New Zealand businesses were rebranded as Winc. In May , a proposed $ billion merger between Staples and key rival Office Depot was successfully blocked by the Federal Trade Commission.
- HiTouch Business Services, offering office supplies, workspace design services and IT solutions.
- Essendant, a national wholesale distributor of office supplies, and DEX Imaging, an independent document imaging technology dealer in the United States.
- Staples divested its branches in Germany, Portugal, the Benelux, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Great Britain and Poland, resulting in the brand's disappearance in Europe.
In August , the company started the Staples Foundation for Learning, which supports youth groups and education. It also is a partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Ashoka, Earth Force, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and through Staples, ReadBoston.
In August , Staples introduced the "Easy Button", a novelty item for offices which is advertised as a fun way of relieving stress. The button does nothing other than say "That was easy" when pressed. The first US$1million of profits each year from the Easy Button are donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As of December , it was sold for US$ to $ in all US and Canadian stores (where profits go to Special Olympics in Canada) and on the company's website. Donations also went to the Children's Fund. Staples has reportedly sold more than $million worth of Easy Buttons.
Staples is ranked in the top 25 of EPA's Green Power Partner list. In , Staples offered more than 2, different office products incorporating recycled content.
Staples is currently trying to pursue developing Staples brand products with green raw materials. In response to a two-year campaign targeting the company, Staples adopted an environmentally friendly paper policy, in hopes of increasing the amount of post-consumer recycled paper made available for sale, phasing out products originating from endangered forests.
The Hanover, Maryland fulfillment center is powered by a megawatt solar installation covering nearly , square feet (16,m2) of roof space. Its Savi Ranch store in Yorba Linda, California also has a sizeable rooftop solar installation. Staples has also recently implemented power reduction strategies in all of their Copy & Print Centers, where the copiers enter sleep mode in as little as 15 minutes after use.
This technique will save Staples nearly $1 million a year in reduced energy costs and prevent over 11 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. In November , Staples partnered with EnergySage to give Staples giftcards to homeowners and businesses that installed solar panels.
Staples accepts all used ink and toner cartridges for recycling. Prior to , the only cartridge brands that could be recycled were HP, Kodak, and Dell, and customers were given a $3 coupon for the store, with the maximum number of coupons to be given, or redeemed, at any one time being Since , ink recycling has been a part of the Staples Rewards program.
Staples now gives back two dollars (Staples.com) on all ink cartridges and toners as of July Ink recycling credit comes to Rewards members as a separate coupon, monthly, instead of the normal quarterly rewards check. Most customers are able to trade in ten per month for credit, whilst Staples Plus and Premier Rewards members are able to trade in twenty per month.
As of February 28, , Staples announced that in order to receive $2 per ink cartridge recycled, customers would be required to spend at least $30 at Staples in ink purchases within days of recycling.[bettersourceneeded]
A study by the Wall Street Journal found that Staples displayed different prices to customers in different locations (distinct from shipping prices), based on proximity to competitors like OfficeMax and Office Depot. This generally resulted in higher prices for customers in more rural areas, who were on average less wealthy than customers seeing lower prices.
KrebsOnSecurity reported a suspected breach at Staples, On October 20, , after hearing multiple banks had identified a pattern of card fraud (suggesting that several Staples office supply locations in the Northeastern United States were dealing with a data breach). At the time, Staples would say only that it was investigating "a potential issue" and had contacted law enforcement.
On December 19, , Staples reported that criminals had deployed malware to point-of-sale systems at of their retail stores in the United States. At stores, the malware may have allowed access to this data for purchases made from August 10, , through September 16, At two stores, the malware may have allowed access to data from purchases made from July 20, , through September 16, Overall, the company believed that approximately million payment cards may have been affected.
On July 14, , Numerous news outlets started to report a suspected data breach at retailers served by online photo software from PNI– Staples' recent acquisition. The first reported victim was Walmart Canada, followed by CVS, Rite-Aid, Costco US, Costco Canada and Tesco UK.
During the period July 13 to 28, , Staples Inc share price fell from $ to $, a 10% fall which reflected a reduction in Staples market value of almost $1bn.
Print and marketing services
In addition to selling office supplies, business machines, and tech services, Staples also offers a copy and print center for photocopies, digital printing, faxing, custom business cards, custom rubber stamps, promotional products, binding, lamination, folding, cutting and engraved products. While many products can be produced in-store, larger, more complex jobs, or jobs requiring special materials such as PVC signs are routed to production facilities in various locations through the country.
Most locations have a limited service UPS shipping center offering air and ground services, DHL in the United Kingdom stores, and three providers (Canada Post, FedEx, and Purolator) in Canadian stores, which is open during store hours. Canada and the UK offer international shipping, whereas in US stores, this service is limited to Canada and Mexico. UPS services in US-based stores are not capable of handling AT&T or Dish Network returns with a label, or QR codes from Amazon returns.
In Canada, most web submission jobs and larger orders, including business cards, posters and books are produced in central production facility in each region. The production facilities operate on a hour basis and orders are shipped to most of the stores within its regions within a day. The regions in Canada are BC/Yukon, Alberta/NWT, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Maritime. The Copy & Print Center was also the first Print Center to offer custom business cards printed in store. Known as 'Instant Business Cards' customers are able to have custom business cards in a matter of hours. Staples also operates stand-alone Print & Marketing Stores (currently there are four New York City locations, and one in Salem, Massachusetts) where Print & Marketing Services is a brand of Staples.
Some stores also feature Staples Tech Services (formerly EasyTech) an in-store and on-site service for PC repair, PC upgrades, home and office networking setup, and PC tutorials.
Starting in November , Staples began a test called "Heavy Up" primarily using stores in New York state to experiment with the expansion of the offerings by the Staples Tech Center. A subsequent test known as "Double Up" was planned for an unspecified test market and was scheduled to begin the first half of The tests ran to promote competition with Best Buy's Geek Squad and Circuit City's Fire dog.
Beginning in early , Staples also launched the "Easy Resident Tech" program, employing one to two resident computer repair technicians to do in-store repair during normal business hours.
On January 30, , Staples launched Staples EasyTech. The launch rebranded the "Easy Mobile Tech" name with plans to install an 11' x 17' kiosk in every store. The kiosk may vary from store to store depending on its size and volume. Most kiosks take up part of the Customer Service desk. Within the kiosk, Easy Resident Techs offered repair service as well as sold products. These technicians wore gray "Easy Tech" polo shirts to distinguish them from regular Staples workers. While there was typically one tech per store, a second tech may have been employed for high-volume stores.
Beginning in July , Staples launched a new program labeling all technology workers as "EasyTechs". Under the new guidelines all technology workers are required to have the skills necessary to perform basic services such as memory installation and PC configuration. In addition, all technology workers wear black polo shirts with green "EasyTech" emblems to set them apart from other store workers. The change was due to the company's new focus on services, allowing more customers to be assisted in less time. Most stores will still have a main "EasyTech" who performs most of the more complex tasks.
Beginning in November , eleven concept stores featuring a broader array of small business technology services were launched, which are known within the company as Best Tech stores. EasyTechs and sales workers were now referred to as "Tech Advisors" and "Solutions Advisors". The concept stores carry many more technology related products such as digital signage, small business servers, NAS (Network Attached Storage), and business networking. Staples also partnered with an on demand IT service provider, with such services as network monitoring, advanced network configurations, and server setup.
These concept stores are mainly based in New Hampshire, with stores in Nashua, Seabrook, West Lebanon, Dover and Concord. Some stores with this new concept also opened in Massachusetts, including the Auburn store. Other existing stores have been renovated to include Best Tech's services, including the Newington, Connecticut, and Natick store.
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