Thread regarding Staples Inc. layoffs

Hand Sanitizer Highlights A Bigger Problem

Our customers are begging us for the most important products and our leadership can’t figure out how to source hand sanitizer? Why are we always a day late and a dollar short? All around the United States, distilleries are producing hand sanitizer. Are you telling me that the SLT who could come up with the amazing square highlighter could not use the Staples name to team with a manufacturer of hand sanitizer so we could be in a position leading through this crisis? The impacts of not having the vision to take care of the basics will be remembered come contract renewal time or even sooner.

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Preach....

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Post ID: @5lpo+14IP1tfQ

Staples shortcomings have been revealed by the multiple failures related to their COVID-19 response. Their PPE sourcing has been disappointing, and when they do get products, they make it very difficult for their customers to acquire them. If you look up the backgrounds of their current corporate leaders, you will see that none of them have a background in the office supply industry, and it shows. Perhaps if we needed soft drinks and feminine hygiene products instead of masks and hand sanitizers, they would be more in their element. SP can and will blame the pandemic for the inevitable bankruptcy of Staples, but removing the veteran leaders with industry knowledge, and replacing them with leaders from completely unrelated businesses, individuals who navigated structures, but never had to build them nor lead them, set Staples on the course to its demise. Based on SP’s recent history, perhaps that was always the plan. The pandemic was just an accelerant for the bonfire.

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Post ID: @4psw+14IP1tfQ

Staples doesn’t have the buying power to get into FS in a meaningful way. They always talk about a billion in FS sales - but it’s a mismatch of different categories that would be considered packaging, break room, food, etc. anywhere else.

They never invested in processes and systems and now it’s too late. It’ll be cut up and sold off in pieces over the next 2 years. Easy to see why SD didn’t get the top job at Coke - he doesn’t know how to grow a business. Only how to take out costs. And in This business he doesn’t have a clue of how to restart a dying company.

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Post ID: @2aqv+14IP1tfQ

lol I don’t know— but I as an individual made literally 3 calls in a matter of 25 mins total and was able to speak with 2 different manufacturers of sanitizer. I was able to secure hundreds of thousands of bottles. It’s out there.... just have to want to look. Former employee here... laughing really hard at the situation Staples has put itself into. What’s more funny to me is all the id–ts I see trying to Rah Rah this piece of sh– company. Staples will be gone soon. Rah- Rah Sis Boom Bah!! Lmao

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Post ID: @1kiy+14IP1tfQ

I can't get hand sanitizer in a timely fashion from Walmart, Amazon, or my grocery store chain right now. At least two of them have far superior channels and buying power than Staples. I get it, you hate Staples. That is fine. A post saying that would make more sense than this. Of course Staples is looking to increase its supply of hand sanitizer like every other company in the world right now. To suggest they haven't thought to do that is plain nonsense.

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Post ID: @sqr+14IP1tfQ

You have no idea what you are talking about.

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