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Staples Expands Product Selection through New Supplier Portal

Staples rolled out a new platform called Staples Exchange that allows suppliers to offer products directly to Staples customers. It’s a way for Staples to increase product selection, and a new way for suppliers to reach consumers, as everyone worries about the juggernaut Amazon.com and its enormous presence in online retail.

Staples explains the difference between other direct-to-consumer portals for suppliers:

While other retailers have activated a similar platform, Staples has changed the game by not requiring vendors to use a third party that charges integration fees and, instead, gives them a single portal to use to enroll with all of Staples’ sites, such as Staples.com.

With a unified platform and multiple integration options, Staples Exchange is creating an innovative way to bring more products and services to their customers, providing them with a larger product assortment, post-shipment order tracking and greater visibility into product inventory.

Next year, the portal will extend to Staples Advantage, Staples Canada and Quill.com. Future enhancements to the platform will let vendors update product costs and give them access to their product catalogs. Suppliers interested in working with Staples should visit Staples Exchange.

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