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The move is just the latest by a big box retailer looking to find new uses for store space at a time more shopping is moving online.
'The public ought to know that the government wanted Amazon to say some things that weren't true,' Emmet Sullivan said.
More than a year ago, Staples offered to buy Office Depot in a transaction then valued at about $5.5 billion, pressured by declining sales in the office supplies sector and the rise of rivals.
Macy's, JCPenney and Staples are just some of the traditional retailers looking to give in-store shoppers an edge.
The ecommerce giant is intensifying its quest for a piece of the flourishing nearly $8 trillion-dollar business-to-business sector.
If approved, the deal would combine the No. 1 U.S. office supplier with its closest rival, creating a new company with expected annual revenue of $39 billion.
Starboard Value has written a letter to Staples urging it to merge with rival its big rival.
A remote-controlled LED lightbulb and wireless earbuds are among the finalists in the Crowd2Shelf Contest hosted by office-supply chain Staples and crowdfunding site Fundable.