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It’s Official: OfficeMax and Office Depot to merge

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot have formally announced an agreement under which the two companies would combine in an all-stock merger that would transform the office supply sector of retail. The merger, which creates a single company with nearly $18 billion in revenue, was unanimously approved by the board of directors of both chains.

According to the press release, holders of OfficeMax shares will receive 2.69 shares of Office Depot for every OfficeMax share they own. That is equal to about $13.50 per share, giving the deal a total value of about $1.2 billion.

The management team of the combined company is expected to draw upon leaders from both chains. The combined company’s name, marketing brands and corporate headquarters location are expected to be determined following the appointment of the CEO for the combined company.

“In the past decade, with the growth of the Internet, our industry has changed dramatically. Combining our two companies will enhance our ability to serve customers around the world, offer new opportunities for our employees, make us a more attractive partner to our vendors, and increase stockholder value,” said Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO of Office Depot.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2013, subject to stockholder approval from both companies, the receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Some analysts, however, have said that Federal Trade Commission might not look favorably on the merger. In 1997, a lawsuit by the FTC prevented Staples from acquiring Office Depot.

“We think there is a fair amount of risk that the FTC would not look favorably on a potential merger of the number two and number three players in the office product space," said Citi Investment Research analyst Kate McShane in an Associated Press report.

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Kroger names in-house veteran group VP non-perishables

BY CSA STAFF

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday promoted Robert Clark as group VP non-perishables.

"Robert brings impactful leadership and extensive merchandising experience to our team," stated Michael Donnelly, Kroger’s SVP merchandising. "His valuable knowledge of our customers across the country will further strengthen our strategic direction."

As group VP, Clark will be responsible for grocery, health and beauty, adult beverage, general merchandise and pharmacy.

Clark began his career with Kroger in 1985 as a courtesy clerk at Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona. Since then, he has held various leadership positions, including store and district management, as well as in grocery merchandising. In 2002, Clark was promoted to VP merchandising at Fry’s. In 2010, he was named VP operations for the Columbus Division before assuming the role of VP merchandising at Fred Meyer in October 2011.

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ShopSavvy revamps QR Code reader

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SAN FRANCISCO— Mobile shopping platform ShopSavvy has launched a revamped version of its QR Code Reader and Scanner application to give mobile-device users access to even more information about products and retailers an additional avenue to leverage a powerful technology.

The update of the iOS application means users can scan a QR code to obtain URLs, contact information, calendar events and other data stored within the Quick Response codes. It also allows individuals as well as businesses to generate their own QR codes for display on signage, business cards, advertisements and other various vehicles for generating awareness.

“QR codes are a great tool for delivering information to consumers anywhere they want it and anytime they need it. That’s why it’s so important for ShopSavvy to provide this superior, multidimensional QR code experience to empower shoppers as well as businesses,” said Rylan Barnes, co-founder and chief technology officer of ShopSavvy. “We look forward to bring these innovations to ShopSavvy itself very soon.”

ShopSavvy’s QR Code Reader and Scanner, which can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store, offers users a host of other new features, including:

Sharing, saving and printing of QR codes

On-screen display of QR Codes and barcodes

A history of scanned codes

Searching of scanned codes.

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