Office Depot partners with Alibaba to focus on small to medium-sized businesses’ needs

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Someone at Office Depot has been reading their Dylan Thomas because they sure aren't going gentle into that good night. The retailer signed a major commercial agreement with Alibaba in an effort to combat Amazon's dominant online presence. Office Depot customers now get the chance to tap into Alibaba's supplier network (which is over 150,000 deep), while Alibaba gets the chance to cross promote to Office Depot over 10 million customers and almost 2,000 sales agents. For Office Depot the deal means relevancy (at least in the short term) and for Alibaba it's a foothold into the US SMB market. How long before Alibaba gets what they need out of the deal and cuts Office Depot out remains to be seen.

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