OfficeMax

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OfficeMax Competitors, Pt 1

Seven competitors to OfficeMax include Staples, Walmart, Target, Costco, Best Buy, IKEA and Amazon. They are companies that offer similar products and are similarly sized to OfficeMax. OfficeMax is a retail company that specializes in office supplies, furniture, technology, business services, print and document services, school essentials and facilities products; and has more than 10,000 employees.

Staples

Why it is a competitor

Value Proposition

  • Staples has years of experience in technology, space planning and facilities management, and they help customers to make the most of their workspaces. They offer a full range of business services including managed print services, furniture and design services, installation services and print and marketing services.
  • Also known as "The Worklife Fulfillment Company", Staples helps businesses to be more productive, inspired and connected in wherever and however they work.

 Walmart

Why it is a competitor

Value Proposition

Target

Why it is a competitor

Value Proposition

  • Target offers outstanding value, innovation, an exceptional guest experience and inspiration that is unparalleled. They are committed to generous community support, ethical business practices and environmental stewardship.

Costco

Why it is a competitor

Value Proposition

  • Costco is dedicated to providing their members with quality brand-name merchandise at the best possible prices. They offer a variety of merchandise, exclusive member services and the convenience of specialty departments.

Best Buy

Why it is a competitor

Value Proposition

IKEA

Why it is a competitor

Value Proposition

Amazon

Why it is a competitor

Value Proposition

Research Strategy

In order to provide 7 true competitors to OfficeMax, we started our research by trying to understand OfficeMax's business model and value proposition. We checked the company website, as well as their LinkedIn profile, and we were able to find this information. OfficeMax merged with Office Depot to form Office Depot, Inc., a retail company that provides solutions, services and products for workplaces. They provide core office supplies, furniture, the latest technology, business services, print and document services, school essentials and facilities products; giving customers everything they need to focus on their businesses. The company has more than 10,000 employees.

With this in mind, we identified competitors as other companies in the same industry which produce the same kinds of products and are of the same size as OfficeMax. We were able to identify Staples, Walmart, Target, Costco, Best Buy, IKEA and Amazon.

Part
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Part
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OfficeMax Press Search

Twelve unique news articles published within the past 12 months about Office Max cover topics such as school supply partnerships and donations, natural disasters, theft, store closings, new products, and a chamber of commerce membership.

Mission of Hope holds annual Pack The Bus campaign

  • This article was published on July 24, 2019, by 10News in Knox County, Tennessee.
  • Mission of Hope teamed up with Office Max to hold its annual Pack the Bus campaign that provides school "supplies for those in need in rural Appalachia."
  • Mission of Hope serves 28 schools and 12,000 students in the area.

No timeline just yet for when tornado-hit Richmond Mall will reopen

Town of Hamburg police looking for individuals in Office Max theft

  • This article was published on March 26, 2019, by WIVB 4.
  • The Office Max in Hamburg, New York was the victim of a theft when individuals stole "numerous items" from the store.
  • At the time of the writing, the thieves were still at large.

Office Max closing another local store, this time at South Town Plaza in Henrietta

  • This article was published on May 23, 2019, by the Democrat & Chronicle.
  • The Office Max in Henrietta, New York would close by July 20.
  • A spokesperson from Office Depot indicated the closure was part of a "company-wide move to streamline operations because of disappointing first-quarter sales."

Office Max closing in Marshfield

Office Max closing in Great Falls

  • This article was published on March 19, 2019, by 3KRTV Great Falls.
  • The Office Max located at 1601 Market Place Drive in Great Falls, Montana was closing. Its last day open would be May 18.
  • A spokesperson for Office Depot said the company would "continue to serve customers online."

Brown Transfer trailer in Office Max parking lot accepting donations for flood victims

  • This article was published on July 15, 2019, by Kearny Hub.
  • Office Max wanted to assist flood victims in Nebraska, so it began accepting donations in a Brown Transfer trailer located in its parking lot.
  • The store accepted "nonperishable food, water, paper products, cleaning supplies and first aid items."

Office Max in Myrtle Beach selling bulletproof backpacks for back to school

  • This article was published on August 1, 2019, by WBTW News13.
  • The Office Max in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was selling bulletproof backpacks during the back-to-school season.
  • The bulletproof backpacks had prices of between $175 and $200 and were manufactured by Guard Dog.

Blasdell Office Max partnering with Tremaine Edmunds to give kids school supplies

  • This article was published on August 30, 2019, by WIVB 4.
  • The Office Max in Blasdell, New York and Buffalo Bills' linebacker Tremaine Edmunds partnered to provide students at Big Tree Elementary in Hamburg school supplies.
  • Donations were collected at the Office Max through September 29.

Rhinelander Office Max is Closing

  • This article was published on August 3, 2019, by NBC News Watch 12.
  • The Office Max located in Rhinelander, Wisconsin was closing and was expected to shut its doors forever on September 21.
  • All employees at this Office Max location were expected to lose their jobs.

Friday Five: Bigfoot, a tornado and anonymous complaints

  • This article was published on October 29, 2019, by the Independent Tribune.
  • The Office Max in Kannapolis, North Carolina was going out of business and was expected to close by mid-November.

Chamber membership team recognizes new members

  • This article was published on November 14, 2019, by Echo Press.
  • The Office Max located at 4525 Hwy. 29 S in Alexandria, Minnesota became a new member of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.
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