Framingham, Mass., Staples and Ahold USA forged an alliance under which the office-products retailer will sell its goods in Staples-branded aisles at Ahold supermarkets.
Staples will make its debut at Ahold’s 550 Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover supermarkets in July, in time for the back-to-school selling season. The aisles will stock between 500 and 1,200 school and office supplies, a good chunk of the 7,500 items Staples stores typically carry.
The arrangement mirrors a deal under which Albertsons sells some toys in its stores through a collaboration with Toys “R” Us. Albertsons also has a similar arrangement in some markets with Staples rival Office Depot.