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Staples teams with Russia’s Pragmatic Express to supply international business

BY CSA STAFF

Framingham, Mass. Staples said Wednesday that it has established a partnership with Russian office products company Pragmatic Express Ltd. to work together on international accounts exclusively.

Moscow-based Pragmatic Express said it ended a deal with Lyreco in August in order to work with Staples. Pragmatic Express sells office and computer supplies, facility products and related services.

“This alliance represents a unique opportunity for (Staples) to serve both new and existing accounts that are looking for (its) expertise and industry-leading service levels in the Russian market,” Rob Vale, president of Staples Europe, said in a statement.

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Walmart to sell Apple’s iPad

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Bentonville, Ark. Walmart will start selling Apple’s iPad in some stores by Friday and in a majority of locations by the height of the holiday shopping season.

The chain will sell the iPad at Apple’s suggested retail price, which range from $499 to $829 depending on the model. It will be available online but must be picked up at stores.

Target began selling the iPad earlier this month and Best Buy Co. has carried the computer tablet since it came out in April.

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Dollar Tree moves beyond border

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The acquisition of 85 Dollar Giant stores in Canada by Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree gives the company its first international exposure and a potential new avenue of growth. Dollar Tree currently operates 3,961 stores in 48 U.S. states.

“I am excited about the opportunity to expand our presence into Canada,” said Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree president and CEO. “Dollar Giant is an excellent fit for us. This acquisition will enable us to further leverage our resources and infrastructure to offer more value to more customers. It provides Dollar Tree with an outstanding platform for significant, profitable growth in the Canadian market.”

Both companies are single price point retailers. Merchandise sold at Dollar Tree is offered for $1 or less while Dollar Giant sells for $1.25 in Canadian dollars.

Dollar Tree said it expects to complete the $52 million acquisition by mid-November.

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